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Ralph Ghnatios FIDE certified Instructor. He has been teaching chess for more than 8 years mainly to kids between 6 and 12 years old. He has also helped build and implement several chess programs in schools and after school programs by introducing kids to chess competitions and FIDE tournament regulations. As a player, Ralph has been playing chess for more than 24 years. He started playing competitive chess tournaments in 2011. He has played several international tournaments around the world, including US open, Asia Zone 3.1, Beirut Open, 11th Mediterranean championship and many more. He has also represented his country in several online and on-board tournaments. As his club's team's captain, he has also helped his club advance from Second club division to first division.

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class plan

Chess Champs

Fall Semester

 

September

Week 1



9/6/2022

Chess basic:

What will be covered


1)The definition of a chess game 

2)The chess board 

Setting up the chess board

3)How each piece moves and simple exercises

4) Naming the chess squares

9/12/2022

Chess champs:

What will be covered


1) Step by step calculation technique for solving tactics.

2) Basic endgame and pawn promotion.



Week 2



9/19/2022:

Chess champs:

What will be covered


1) Common mistakes in the opening. a) Developing the queen early.

b) Moving a piece twice

c) Blocking our own pieces.



Week 3

9/26/2022:

Chess champs:

What will be covered


1)How to defend against early attack scholar’s mate

2) Chess algebraic notation.

3) Endgame with pawn races.



 

Month of October

 

 

October

October

Week 1

10/03/2022:

Chess Champs:

What will be covered


1) Strong Bishop VS weak knight (open position with several pawn islands)

2) Trapping the Knight using the bishop.

3) Trapped pieces

10/04/2022:

Chess basics

What will be covered


1)The definition of a chess game 

2)The chess board 

Setting up the chess board

3)How each piece moves and simple exercises

4) Naming the chess squares

Week 2

10/10/2022:

Chess champs:

What will be covered


1)Checkmate in 2

a) Arabian Knight mate

b) Anastasia checkmate

c) Smothered mate

2) Endgame with good knight VS bad bishop

 

Week 3

10/17/2022:

Chess champs:

What will be covered


1) Endgame with opposite color bishop.

2) Imagination in chess

3) Winning material using the pin.

 

Week 4

10/24/2022

Chess champs

What will be covered


1) Interference tactic

2) Decoy tactic

+ Examples

3) Double checkmate.

 

Week 5

10/31/2022

Chess champs

What will be covered


1) How to win a chess game after winning material.

2) How to convert an endgame with and extra pawn to a win.

 

Month of November

 

November

May

Week 1

11/01/2022

Chess basics

What will be covered

1)The definition of a chess game 

2)The chess board 

Setting up the chess board

3)How each piece moves and simple exercises

4) Naming the chess squares

11/07/2022

Chess champs

What will be covered


1)  Using piece majority

a) Keeping the king safe

Attacking according to the pawn structure

2) How to punish an enemy with lack of development 

Week 2

11/14/2022

Chess champs

What will be covered

1) Overworked pieces + examples

2) Open lines:

a) Why do we need them

b) How to create an open line

3) Two passed pawns VS the Rook



Week 3

11/21/2022

Chess champs

What will be covered

1) Strong Bishop VS weak knight (open position with several pawn islands)

2) Trapping the Knight using the bishop.









Week 4

11/28/2022

Chess champs

What will be covered

The phases of the chess game: 1) Opening

a) Review

b) Practical openings and the ideas behind them

 

Using The Class Plan

Please Note: Both Age Groups (if applicable) will follow the same class plan structure and content. The content delivery will  be tailored to the age group.