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Intro to Chess Group Course

Join our Intro to Chess class, the perfect environment for beginners to learn and appreciate chess. By the end of the eight-session learn & play program, you will have all the tools to play meaningful games and compete with your friends and family. Each class is an hour and a half long, and includes instruction, drills, and time to test your skills against an opponent.

Class on Mondays and begins July 1st from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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What Will I Learn?

Our Intro to Chess Group course is a customized learning experience based on the ChessKid curriculum and taught by US-Chess-certified coaches. The topics covered include, but are not limited to:

  • How the pieces move

  • The goal of the game (checkmate)

  • Special rules (castling, en passant, pawn promotion, stalemate and draws)

  • Basic strategy and tactics

  • Basic opening, middlegame, and endgame principles

  • Planning and setting goals during a game

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Common Questions

Q: What is included in the course?

A: Each student will be given their own chess set, notation book, and bound copy of the curriculum and learning materials.

Q: How much does the course cost?
A: The course is $300 for the bundle of eight hour-and-a-half lessons with a US Chess certified coach, which includes all the above-mentioned materials as well supervised free play with other students during the classes.

Q: Is there an age limit?

A: No, we have found that the most important thing is combining students of the same skill level, not just based on age.

Q: How good will I get at chess after the course?
A: The sky is the limit, and that will depend upon your interest and commitment, but the course will cover all the basic skills required to go to the next level.

Q: What happens if I miss a class?

A: Luckily, the instructor has made private YouTube videos for each class, which are only accessible through a special link. You can watch the content from any day that you miss, and feel rest assured that the instructor will be happy to go over concepts in person when you return!

Q: What is the refund policy? Can I join a class late?

A: The Manasota Chess Center offers prorated refunds through the first two classes. During that time, a student may withdraw for any reason and receive a prorated refund for the remaining classes. The refund period ends before the start of the third class. In other words, the prorated refund period extends from the time you register to the date prior to the third class. After the third class, no refunds are provided for any reason.

Students may sign up for the group classes before the start of the third class (lesson #3). New students will not be approved after this deadline. Exceptions may be made by the Manasota Chess Center.

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