Classes

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We are in the process of adding several new classes and lectures. Please keep checking this page.

 

Players can register at the door for the Grandmaster lectures. Online registration is closed.

 
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Caveman Chess Camp - Chicago, Evening Lectures

Fees:

  • Online by 6/15, 9:00 p.m.: $25, $10 for US Chess unrated adults who are escorting youth under age 18. Purchase all 4 lectures for $80 (adult escorts $25)
  • At the Site:  Add $5

Adults (over age 17) who are not campers may also attend the Intensive Study evening lecture. Local youth under age 18 may attend the lecture if accompanied by an adult. There is a special fee for escort adults who are unrated or not US Chess members.

Lectures begin at 6:00 p.m. and last approximately 1.25 hours.  Local chessplayers wishing to attend should arrive at 5:45 pm. Lectures by camp GMs.  Lecture topics are below. No refunds on advance registration.  Lectures are currently scheduled for the classroom in Ward Hall, but will be relocated and announced here if the number of registrants requires.

  • 2018 Topics:
    • Monday: GM Yury Shulman: Steed versus Creed: When Knights are Better Than Bishops – the Power of the Knight Pair

    • Tuesday: GM Alex Yermolinsky, Misplacing Your Queen in the Early Middlegame

    • Wednesday: GM Alex Goldin, Typical Mistakes in Rook Endings

    • Thursday: GM Gregory Kaidanov, World's Best Young Grandmasters

  • All classes begin at 6:00 p.m. and end by 7:15 p.m. 
  • Register at www.reg4chess.com, Illinois, Caveman Chess Camp - Chicago, Lectures

 

June classes are full. Watch for August classes coming soon!

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Chess Fundamentals - Understanding the Basics of Positional and Tactical Play

FT/FM Bachler has taught variations of this class for years to players ranging from 600 to 2200, and to chess coaches of all levels.  Many coaches and players have called this the best class they have ever had, because it provides them a solid framework and methodology for understanding chess.

This class is directed toward students from 800 - 1600. The class outlines the key points in the evolution of chess theory, and defines the key links between strategy and tactics by outlining the evolution from Philidor, to Morphy, to Steinitz. It shows the impact that Steinitz' theories had on attack and defense, such as attack arising from positional considerations, not from the brilliance of the attacker. Students may sometimes feel they are beyond some of the material in this class, only to find that they have significant gaps in their knowledge of fundamentals. Examples from classical to modern games illustrate the concepts. This is a perfect class for both students and coaches.

Students will have weekly homework.

Each student will receive a class booklet with session lessons.

Meeting times: Saturdays, 8:00 - 9:30, June 16, 23, and 30

Price: $80 for three 90 minute sessions

Location: 27 Morris St., Park Ridge, IL

Multiple sessions may be opened based upon interest.

Minimum of six students for the class to be held.  Maximum of 14 students

Register at www.reg4chess.com, Illinois

 
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Evolution of the Closed Ruy Lopez from Zukertort to Fischer

Develops an understanding of the Closed Ruy Lopez and key themes of the opening by following the evolution of its underlying theory beginning with Evan's Gambit games by Zukertort, and ending in the era of Fischer and a young Karpov.

By understanding underlying concepts the student is better able to find strong moves and ideas in any Ruy Lopez position, and will develop additional positional strength for all positions.

Intended for players rated 1200 - 1600. Students will have weekly homework.

Each student will receive a class booklet with session lessons.

Price: $ 120 for three 90 minute sessions

Meeting times: Saturdays 12:00 - 1:30 June 16, 23, and 30

Location: 27 Morris St., Park Ridge, IL

Minimum of six students for the class to be held.  Maximum of 14 students

Register at www.reg4chess.com, Illinois

 
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Understanding Key Tactical Themes - I

Beyond pins, and forks and x-rays are Greek Gifts, Triple Links, Windmills and other important tactical positions. Do you know the right plan and how to use these forms of advanced tactics?  Often there is a specific methodology that can be followed to win such positions.

Intended for players 800 - 1500(ish). Students will have weekly homework

Each student will receive a class booklet with session lessons.

Price: $ 120 for three 90 minute sessions

Meeting times: Saturdays, 10:00 - 11:30, June 16, 23, and 30

Location: 27 Morris St., Park Ridge, IL

Minimum of six students for the class to to be held.  Maximum of 14 students

Register at www.reg4chess.com, Illinois