Students in the Pawn Level are introduced to the game of chess, how pieces move & capture, chess rules, and how to start & finish a game successfully. While learning how the pieces move, students learn key strategies of each piece which helps avoid developing bad habits, thus building a solid foundation for success in chess and life.
In the Knight Level, students learn the basics of chess tactics, how to recognize tactical patterns, and how to think two moves ahead. Students understand draws and develop skill at finishing and winning a game with checkmate. Learning these key elements develops the next layer of knowledge and skill that prepares a student for planning ahead.
Students in the Bishop Level learn to create plans, identify targets and goals, gain an understanding of piece relationships, look three moves ahead, calculate variations, and consider their opponent’s defense. All of this is helping a student learn the essentials of basic planning, whether in life or chess.
Students in the Rook Level become strong in tactics and look 4+ moves ahead. They can identify key imbalances, formulate long-term plans, understand more complex endgames, and even develop the ability to visualize the chess board & pieces to the point of playing chess blindfolded! While developing a student’s skill much further, this level also brings in key elements that are essential to understanding the deep strategic thinking that will be experienced in the Queen level.
In the Queen Level, students learn to apply the imbalances with deeper understanding, utilize tactical motifs, and leverage their significant visualization skills that allow them to create powerful plans in any position. In life as much as in chess, the skill to evaluate ones’ position (strengths as well as weaknesses) – to develop the Dream or Goal of where one wants to go based on ones’ position – to then be able to make GREAT choices in order to achieve that Dream or Goal – this is what makes this level an outstanding achievement for all.
Students in the King Level work towards becoming a Chess Master. They learn opening repertoires that tie into middlegame plans, develop deep calculation ability, and advanced endgame strategies. They also learn self-analysis, chess psychology, and high level study habits. Students who choose to work through this level develop the experience of what commitment to long-term goals, consistent study, and disciplined training can lead to – an experience that parallels success in many areas of life.