Lessons cover a structured curriculum that takes a student from Beginning
to Intermediate and Advanced levels of play. Progress
is tracked as proficiency is achieved on 30 topics within each level.
(Please see the description
of topics covered in the curriculum on the Classes
page). Lessons are offered both in-person and online via Zoom. Both lesson
formats utilize the same curriculum.
Availability: Lessons are available throughout the year, purchased
month-to-month. Please see the Sign
Up page or email info@PlayMoreChess.com
for available time slots.
Description: Students have one lesson
a week, 45 minutes in length.
Each week chess topics are reviewed and new topics are learned and assigned
for the week ahead. Students usually move forward with one or two new
topics each week, though the pace is customized for each student. An achievement
chart is also maintained to keep track of each student's progress. Upon
completion of a workbook level, each student can receive a Certificate
More Chess Academy students follow established curriculum, chess topics
and tactics drawn from the following sources:
The Chess-Steps Method
- "The World's Leading Teaching Method in Chess; with a Steps curriculum
that can take students from a rating of 800 to 2100!"
Workbook(s) - Sample topics listed on the Classes
The Chess Tactics Workbook, 4th Edition, by Al Woolum;
(for beginner/advanced beginner players)
Tactics Workbook, 4th Edition, by Al Woolum
"A best seller on the scholastic market, with over 25,000 copies
sold. It has been the "chess problem" book of choice for the CHESS IN
THE SCHOOLS Program of NY, and school districts nationwide. It features
870 problems in a structured format, 6 diagrams per page, answer keys
in the back. 160 pages."
Advanced students can also choose from the following books as lesson guides
(depending on their areas of interest):
Complete Book of Chess Strategy by IM Jeremy Silman
How to Reassess Your Chess by IM Jeremy Silman
Lessons are purchased in advance, four lessons at a time, on a month-to-month
basis. A lesson time-slot is guaranteed as long as monthly payments are
if I Need to Miss a Lesson?
Please give notice of an absence (by phone or email) by the night before
the scheduled lesson. An exception is made for illness that occurs earlier
in the same day as the lesson.
"No shows" for individual lessons will be charged for their
lesson time. If notice of an absence (for illness or any reason) is communicated
in advance, your payment for the set of four weeks (four lessons) will
be extended to include a fifth week at your regular day and time. (We
will not try to find a different day/lesson time as that is usually too
difficult to arrange).