• 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. To set up an appointment, please email me at hanleychessacademy@gmail.com. Thank you.

    Level Prior Experience Examples of Skills Taught Times, Days, & Locations
    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.
  • Wednesdays: 3pm-4:30pm @ Los Alamitos Elem
    (6130 Silberman Dr. San Jose)

  • Thursdays: 2:50pm-4:20pm @ Graystone Elem
    (6982 Shearwater Dr. San Jose)
  • Thursdays: 6:30pm-8:00pm @ Posh Bagel
    (6471 Almaden Expy #80, San Jose)
  • 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.
  • Wednesdays: 3pm-4:30pm @ Los Alamitos Elem
    (6130 Silberman Dr. San Jose)

  • Thursdays: 2:50pm-4:20pm @ Graystone Elem
    (6982 Shearwater Dr. San Jose)
  • Thursdays: 6:30pm-8:00pm @ Posh Bagel
    (6471 Almaden Expy #80, San Jose)
  • Knight
  • Has graduated from my Pawn Class.
  • Has a USCF rating between 100 and 600.

  • Understands what a perpetual check and perpetual draw are.
  • Thursdays: 6:30pm-8:00pm @ Posh Bagel
    (6471 Almaden Expy #80, San Jose)
  • Bishop
  • 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.
  • Thursdays: 6:30pm-8:00pm @ Posh Bagel
    (6471 Almaden Expy #80, San Jose)
  • Rook
  • 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."
  • Thursdays: 6:30pm-8:00pm @ Posh Bagel
    (6471 Almaden Expy #80, San Jose)
  • Queen
  • 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.

  • Thursdays: 6:30pm-8:00pm @ Posh Bagel
    (6471 Almaden Expy #80, San Jose)
  • King
  • 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.
  • Thursdays: 6:30pm-8:00pm @ Posh Bagel
    (6471 Almaden Expy #80, San Jose)

  • Class Registration
    (For Thursday Posh Bagel Classes)

    Class Registration & Pricing
    Student Name & 1st Class Date
    USCF ID# & Current Rating

    Specialized Training Class

    Class Notes Times & Days
    Calculation Open to serious students only. 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. Thursdays: 6:30pm-8:30pm @ Posh Bagel
    Class Registration
    Name of Student