HRCA 2021 Weekly Summer Classes and Clubs

After reading the descriptions below, CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR WEEKLY SUMMER CLASSES OR PROGRAMS.

 

The following offerings are available live, one hour per week, starting the week of June 21st and ending the week of August 23rd.  Each student will receive 10 hours of live instruction and 2 “bonus” hours / weeks that may consist of pre-recorded video lessons, live “office hours” for assistance from their coach, or a live bonus class.  Each class costs $150 for the entire summer session and includes any training material (books, online accounts) required for completion of the class (see exception for Story Time Chess).  HRCA offers classes suitable for absolute beginners up through advanced scholastic tournament players.  For Summer 2021, HRCA membership is included in the class fee for new students.  

Story Time Chess:  This class is offered only to students in Pre-K through rising 1st grade / age 6.  Students will learn the fundamentals of chess through a character / story-based book and board game.  Our instructor is hand-picked to work with our youngest students.  This class is only offered on TUESDAYS from 5:30-6:30 PM — In Person Only (Kings Grant Presbyterian Church, 745 Little Neck Road, VA Beach).  There is an additional $50 material fee for this class — students will receive the high-quality board game and two workbooks to keep and use in future Story Time classes.  This fee is waived for students who already own this material.

Coach Jay’s Chess Academy:  This class is suitable for beginners through advanced, with levels broken out in a karate belt system from White through Black.  Students are assessed for placement in the proper level.  Taught by our experienced team of coaches, this class uses the curriculum designed by renowned Coach Jay Stallings of California.  Each level includes increasingly challenging material covering the “five disciplines” of chess — defense, tactics, strategy, checkmates, and endgames.  Class tuition includes access to an online Learning Management System (digital lesson book / workbook) or paper books.  Students achieving mastery of each level, as shown by completion of their digital workbook and passing a short puzzle test, will receive a karate belt tag and matching chess piece keychain in the color of the level completed. This class is only offered on MONDAYS from 6:00-7:00 PM and is only offered virtually via Zoom for the summer.

Think Like a King:  Specifically designed to teach critical thinking through chess, this class is suitable for beginners through advanced, with the curriculum broken down into books covering specific disciplines (tactics, checkmates, endgames, and openings) at increasing levels of difficulty.  New students will begin in “First Lessons in Chess” covering all the fundamental rules and an introduction to tactics and other disciplines.  Experienced players who are new to this curriculum will begin in Tactical Thinking, while returning students will pick up where they left off in their last session.  Taught by our experienced team of coaches, this curriculum was designed by renowned NYC chess Coach David MacEnulty of “Knights of the South Bronx” movie fame (where he was portrayed by Ted Danson).  This class is only offered on WEDNESDAYS from 6:00-7:00 PM and is only offered virtually via Zoom for the summer.

Priyomes — Russian Secret Techniques Towards Mastery:  Russian coaches strongly urge their players to memorize “priyomes” — patterns, or positions on the board and associated maneuvers.  Learn this highly successful technique to improve your pattern recognition from National Master Nemanja Milanovic.  This class is open only to experienced tournament players rated 700 and up who have the ambition to boost their rating.  All material is hand picked for group lessons and not available for private instruction.  The class is only offered on MONDAYS from 6:00-7:00 PM and is only offered virtually via Zoom for the summer.

Euwe’s Middlegames:  Max Euwe was World Chess Champion in the 1930s and has written a great treatise on the middlegame in chess.  This course will be based on this two-volume set and cover pawn formations, static and dynamic features of the game.  Students will study the playing styles of the world’s strongest players at the time, along with interesting insights on the psychological aspects of the game.  Taught by National Master Mike Zaloznyy.  This class is open only to experienced tournament players rated 700 and up with the ambition to boost their rating.  The class is only offered on THURSDAYS from 5:30-6:30 PM and is only offered virtually via Zoom for the summer.

Alekhine:  Master of Attack and Psychology:  Fourth World Chess Champion Alexander Alekhine’s games and life will be the topic of this course taught by National Master Daniel Miller.  Students will examine games with Alekhine’s greatest rivals including Lasker and Capablanca, among others.  Alekhine’s tactics seemed to spring out of nowhere, and he was a great inspiration for a later World Champion, Garry Kasparov, widely considered perhaps the best chess player in history.  This class is open only to experienced tournament players rated 1000 and up with the ambition to boost their rating.  The class is only offered on THURSDAYS from 7:00-8:00 PM and is only offered virtually via Zoom for the summer.

Move-by-Move YOUTH:  This class is suitable for beginner to intermediate scholastic players, ideally rated Under 1000 USCF or Unrated (but with some training).  Students must already know the basic rules of the game — all of the moves, how to checkmate, etc.  Students will be paired up to play while the coach works the room and makes comments and asks questions on game moves in order to help students find better moves and understand concepts such as opening principles, tactics, strategy, and basic endgames.  Every move is a learning opportunity to be analyzed.  The coach may use a hanging demonstration board to translate a good lesson on one board for the whole class.  This class does not use a structured curriculum, and students will likely get more out of it if they have already had some formal instruction in a class like Coach Jay’s or Think Like a King.  This class is offered IN PERSON ONLY.  There is no online / virtual option.  This class is also designed as an option for students who want BOTH in person classes AND in person tournament play for the summer.  It is offered on TUESDAYS from 7:15-8:15 PM after the Summer Scholastic Tournament Club (see below) in the same location at Kings Grant Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach.

Move-by-Move ADULT:  This class is very similar to the Youth class and is suitable for beginner to intermediate ADULT players only who are Unrated or rated Under 1000 USCF.  Students must already know the basic rules of the game — all of the moves, how to checkmate, etc.  Students will be paired up to play while the coach works the room and makes comments and asks questions on game moves in order to help students find better moves and understand concepts such as opening principles, tactics, strategy, and basic endgames.  Every move is a learning opportunity to be analyzed.  The coach may use a hanging demonstration board to translate a good lesson on one board for the whole class.  This class does not use a structured curriculum, and students will likely get more out of it if they have already had some structured self-study in the game.  This class is offered IN PERSON ONLY.  There is no online / virtual option.  This class is also designed as an option for students who want BOTH in person classes AND in person tournament play for the summer.  It is offered on TUESDAYS from 6:00-7:00 PM before Hampton Roads Chess Club in the same location at Kings Grant Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach.  FREE to active duty military and veterans with proof of service.  This class was cancelled.

Adult Beginner / Intermediate Classes:  Open only to adult players who are new to the game (not experienced tournament players), this class is loosely based on the “Dutch Chess Steps” method of mastery and patience and includes a lot of practical hands-on instruction through play on the HRCA private chess server.   FREE to active duty military and veterans with proof of service. The class is only offered on THURSDAYS from 6:00-8:00 PM and is only offered virtually via Zoom for the summer.  This is a less structured class, and the two hour time block can be used at the coach’s discretion to split students into groups by ability.  Students are guaranteed at least one hour each week.

Summer Scholastic Tournament Chess Club:  Open to any PK-rising 12th grade player who already knows how to play a full “legal” game of chess (knows all the rules).  All abilities welcome from Rookie to experienced tournament players.  Registration will be by the event and done weekly on our tournament registration website.  Cost is $5/week.  When you register for our summer programs, we will simply gauge your intent to participate in this program.  Events will include a variety of formats such as Simultaneous Exhibition, Blitz, Bughouse, Quads, Quick and Regular Swiss.  Weekly prizes will be small and include mostly certificates and medals, with some trophies for the final event of the summer.  Designed to give new tournament players some practice and training in over-the-board rules, and returning / experienced players refreshed on playing in person after 15+ months of online chess.  Summer events will follow US Chess rules but are designed to be a fun refresher before the return of more “serious” tournaments during the school year.  This club is offered TUESDAYS from 5:30-7:00 PM and is only offered in person (Kings Grant Presbyterian Church, 745 Little Neck Road, VA Beach).  HRCA will also offer some free / fun / no prizes events online on our private server over the summer for those who cannot play in person.  More advanced scholastic players, especially those rated over 1000, should strongly consider playing the more challenging in person events offered by HRCC on the same nights in the later time slot.

Tidewater Girls Chess Club:  Only about 15% of US Chess members are women and girls.  In a sport dominated by boys and men, girls can feel outnumbered and intimidated.  Many of the girls who come to our programs display exceptional talent but lack self-confidence to believe that about themselves.  Girls, even the best in the nation, also tend to enjoy the social aspects of chess as much as the chess itself.  This club is designed to just let girls come and play together weekly in a casual, supportive environment.  All ages (grades Pre-K through 12) are welcome, and we will use a peer tutoring system with adult oversight, where girls who are stronger players will teach new girls to play.  We will also invite guest speakers from the community with a focus on empowering the girls.  THIS CLUB IS FREE.  TUESDAYS from 7:15-8:15 PM after the Summer Scholastic Tournament Club (see below) in the same location at Kings Grant Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach.  Additional non-chess activities, such as group outings on weekends, will be scheduled and may come with their own entry / activity fee.  This club is on hold until Fall.

Students may also be interested in our one week intensive chess camps being held in person July 26-30.  CLICK HERE FOR SUMMER CAMP INFORMATION.

 

Please contact us if you have questions about which program or class is right for your child.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR WEEKLY SUMMER CLASSES OR PROGRAMS.

HRCA is a 501(c)(3).  Campers may request full or partial needs-based scholarship for any of our program fees under our Joan H. Schlich Memorial Scholarship Fund.

HRCA provides multi-child discounts for families with 3 or more children in our programs.

Contact us to ask about financial assistance for summer classes or clubs.