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.
    Thursday from 6pm-7:30pm @ Bret Harte Middle School, Room C-1, 7050 Bret Harte Dr, San Jose, CA 95120
    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.
  • Thursday from 6pm-7:30pm @ Bret Harte Middle School, Room C-1, 7050 Bret Harte Dr, San Jose, CA 95120


    Specialized Training Classes

    Class Notes Times & Days
    Calculation Open to students interested in making big improvements fast and willing to put in the necessary effort. Open to all USCF rating levels and ages 5-18. Thursdays: 5:30pm-7:30pm @ Bret Harte Middle School, Room C-1