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Introduction to Chess
This is a beginners course and is a series of 5 lessons. The first lesson will take place in the Canvas Room on Saturday, October 9th from 11am-12pm on National Chess Day. The lessons will continue each week, on Saturday at 11am. The 5 lesson series is limited to 10 players. RSVP is required. Chess sets will be provided. All participants will be asked to wear a mask per the instructor.
Goals of the Chess Lessons:
The goals of the lessons are to provide residents with the following outcomes:
1) Learn a basic understanding of chess strategy.
2) Develop how to approach and play the opening, learn the strategy behind the middle game, and how to play basic common chess endings.
3) Achieve the preceding objectives through a combination of instruction and playing with feedback.
The instructor will use a demonstration board to teach chess principles. Chess pieces and boards will be provided by Canvas for participants to follow along and play practice games. In the beginning, all practice games during the lesson will be simultaneously played with the instructor so as to allow immediate and personal feedback. Later, chess games will be played among the class participants with oversight by the instructor.
About the Chess Instructor:
The name of the chess instructor is Dr. George Chressanthis. He is a long-standing member of the United States Chess Federation since the 1960s with a candidate master chess rating. He has been a tournament player for over 55 years and has earned individual and team titles at the local club, city, regional, state, and national levels. He was the US Junior Amateur Chess Champion in 1974. He has taught chess for 50 years through various forums and at all levels from children to adults, with his instruction experience beginning during the “Bobby Fischer boom” of the early 1970s. He has devoted himself to expanding interest in the game of chess, loves playing chess with people across the US and in other countries when taking foreign trips, and especially enjoys introducing chess to children. One focus of his instruction has been to ensure that girls are introduced to chess. He was the outside coach for the after school chess program (which he started) at the Media Elementary School for 7 years. He is affectionately known by local parents and kids in Media as “Dr. Chess.”
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