For the 2023-2024 academic year, HRCA will be offering three Master classes, fall, winter, and spring. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about our Master Class.
Who is the Coach? Our Master Classes will be taught by National Master Daniel Miller, six-time Virginia State Champion.
Who can take the class? HRCA Master Classes are designed for students rated 1200-2000. Lower rated students may be admitted by exception. This class is also open to both youth and adults. It is open to students who reside outside of Hampton Roads.
What is the topic for the current session?
This year, Coach Daniel is going to be discussing some little-taught concepts that are key to improving but are not often discussed. Here is the topic for the Winter session:
Coach Daniel will be teaching a class on the King’s Indian Defense. It will discuss the Classical, Fianchetto, Samisch, 4 pawns, and Averbahk sytems.
The class will discuss the ideas, the tactics, the traps, and the psychology of this opening. You will discuss games of Kasparov, Fischer, Kortchnoi, Bronstein and others of the greatest players of all time who chose this opening.
Coach Daniel’s goal is to have his students confident that they can meet 1.d4 or 1. c4 or 1. Nf3 with success and to provide a Black defense to last a lifetime, like it has for him.
Do I need any materials for this course? No. Coach Daniel may recommend books to his students, but none are required to purchase for class.
What is the location for this class? This class is offered via ZOOM ONLY. Enrolled students will receive a link, meeting ID, and passcode to access class.
When is this class? This class takes place on Mondays from ***NEW TIME*** 7:00-8:00 PM EST. In the event of over enrollment, a second identical class will run from 7:00-8:00 PM EST. The Winter session begins on January 8th and runs for 12 weeks, ending March 25th. Students are guaranteed ten live classes with their instructor. Up to two classes may be “flex weeks,” in which the instructor delivers asynchronous content for students to review.
How much does this class cost? This class costs $180. The default payment method is three monthly installments of $60 (contact us if you want to pay in advance up front). There is a $35 annual registration fee that includes HRCA membership and (if desired) ChessKid Gold.
What if I can’t afford to pay? The Joan H. Schlich Memorial Scholarship is available to help give children opportunities they otherwise could not afford. We strive to turn no child away for inability to pay. CONTACT US to request a scholarship application, then go ahead and register! Your card will not be charged for your class until your scholarship application is processed and a co-pay (if any) determined. The deadline for winter session scholarship applications is December 26th.