• 7 Level Curriculum System Classes
  • Specialized Training Classes

    7 Level Curriculum System

    (If after reading the table below, you are still unsure about what class is appropriate for your child, we offer free evaluations on Saturdays from 1:45pm-2pm, and Sundays from 1:45pm-2pm. To set up an appointment, please email me at hanleychessacademy@gmail.com. Thank you.

    Level Prior Experience Examples of Skills Taught Times & Days
    Jr. Pawn
  • Has never played before.
  • Someone taught him/her how to move the pieces but not more.
  • Maybe has learned how to castle or what check is but not more than this.
  • Has played in a Non-Rated tournament (Example: Staser or Morrison Scholastic) or has never played in a tournament.
  • Perhaps has had a session or two of an afterschool or Community Center class.
    • How the pieces move and capture.
    • What is check and checkmate and the difference between the two.
    Saturday: 3pm-3:50pm
    Sunday: 3pm-3:50pm
    Pawn A Pawn is a student who has passed my Junior Pawn Curriculum test
    (10 basic skills).
    • Student can perform the Queen + King vs. King checkmate in less than 1 minute.
    • Student can show and explain "en passant" and stalemate.
    Saturday: 3pm-3:50pm
    Sunday: 3pm-3:50pm
  • Has graduated from my Pawn Class.
  • Has a USCF rating between 100 and 600.
  • Has attended more than 15 Pawn classes.
    • Understands what a perpetual check and perpetual draw are.
    Saturday: 4pm-5:30pm
    Sunday: 4pm-5:30pm
  • Has graduated from my Knight Class.
  • Has a USCF rating between 601 and 1000.
    • Can explain and show what a "transition square" is.
    • Can explain what an "outpost" is.
    Saturday: 2pm-4pm
    Saturday: 4pm-6pm
    Sunday: 2pm-4pm
    Sunday: 4pm-6pm
  • Has graduated from my Bishop Class.
  • Has a USCF rating between 1001 and 1400.
    • Can show and explain what "space" is.
    • Can show and explain "the bishop pair."
    Saturday: 2pm-6pm
    Sunday: 2pm-6pm
  • Has graduated from my Rook Class.
  • Has a USCF rating between 1401 and 1800.
    • Can show and explain what a short term plan is.
    • Knows the Philidor and Lucena positions.
    Saturday: 2pm-6pm
    Sunday: 2pm-6pm
  • Has graduated from my Queen class.
  • Has a USCF rating between 1801 and 2200.
    • Can show his main opening as white with the plans associated with it.
    • Can show his/her main opening as black as well as the plans associated with them.
    Saturday: 2pm-6pm
    Sunday: 2pm-6pm

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    Class Registration & Pricing
    Student Name & 1st Class Date

    Practice Class - Sundays 12noon-1:30pm

    Some students struggle in their Knight or Bishop classes (Pawn students also welcome) not winning as many games as they would like and seeing their rating lower than they would like. They might have feelings of wanting to quit because they feel they are not going to improve. This is very common & this class helps those students. In these 1.5 hours, all students play as many practice games as possible without the pressure of keeping score, using clocks, nor having these games rated. I also give all students exercises throughout the class helping with their calculation and pattern recognition skills (usually the main reason why they are not experienceing the success in their USCF games as they would like is they need to improve these skills). If I see a skill in one of the games that can help all students, I will point this out to all. Top this off with a fun pizza lunch and this class will and give them the improvement they need to jump back into the rated games classes and begin to experience the success they hope for. Also, some students alternate this class with the rated games class which works as well. Cost is $15/class and includes two slices of pizza and a drink. No need to register beforehand...simply come on in and join the class.

    Specialized Training Class

    Class Notes Times & Days
    Calculation Open to students who want to make fast and big improvement. These classes focus on pattern recognition, the most important skill in chess. There is no playing of games during these 2.5 hours. If you are interested in making big improvements fast and willing to put in the necessary effort, this class is for you. Open to all USCF rating levels and ages 5-18. Saturday: 6:15pm-8:45pm
    Class Registration
    Name of Student