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Chess for Children – professional level of teaching




Chess is the most exciting and challenging game of strategy ever invented. Chess is recognized in many countries as a useful tool for developing creative thinking in children. Playing chess has proven to help students enhance their creativity, improve their power of concentration, develop and expand critical thinking and analyzing skills, boost memory and retention, and achieve superior academic performance. Additionally, chess has been shown to augment problem-solving capabilities, provide cultural enrichment, advance intellectual maturity, and enhance self-esteem. The purpose of our lessons is to promote the study and knowledge of chess not only for enjoyment, but also as a tool to become problem solvers.  


The goal of our Chess classes for kids is to give the basic knowledge step by step and, hereafter, to learn the main concepts, tactics and strategies to compete with advanced chess players.


The recommended program for beginners is based on following stages:


The Rules

Learn the basics step by step, starting by looking at the chessboard and the pieces as well as all the rulesand methods. Exercises will help to acquire the material and begin to play a game of chess.


Additional Concepts

Once you have mastered the movement of the pieces and the rules, continue your discovery by learning concepts essential to your development: learning how to read and write a game of chess with the algebraic notation and understanding the different phases of a game of chess (the opening, the middle-game and the endgame). 


The Tactics and Combinations

Build up your repertoire of ammunition, learn to win and avoid traps by exploring the world of tactics: the pin, the fork, the skewer, etc. Move on to serious things by studying the combinations.


The Strategy (Positional Play)

Begin the study of the strategy by looking at chess through the perspective of science. Study the positional play by learning to get the most out of your pieces, their position on the chessboard, as well as the territory they control.

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