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Chess Lessons

Individual 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 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 of Achievement.

Play 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!"

  • Chess4Life Workbook(s) - Sample topics listed on the Classes page.
  • The Chess Tactics Workbook, 4th Edition, by Al Woolum; (for beginner/advanced beginner players)

Chess 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

Additional Information:
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 current.

What 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).


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