Intro to Chess

Is your child completely new to chess?  If a child does not know how to set up a board, move the pieces, and play a game through to completion, our Intro to Chess course is the right choice for them!

Students may take this course as a prerequisite to join HRSCC if they are starting from scratch, or they may not be interested in competition and just want to learn how to play chess for fun.

These classes are available via ZOOM on Tuesday nights from 5:30 to 6:30 PM beginning October 18, 2022.  The first session will conclude December 13th.  A new session after the holidays will be announced.

The Zoom version is a “crash course” that will run for 9 weeks and will cover chess terminology, board orientation and setup, piece movements including castling and en passant, basic defense and calculation, opening principles, and basic checkmates.  Depending on student progress, the class may also cover an introduction to tactics.  The cost of the crash course is $95.




Beginning in January 2023, in-person Intro to Chess courses will run year-round at the Kempsville Recreation Center, 800 Monmouth Lane in Virginia Beach.  This class will run on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7 PM for a total of twelve classes across six weeks.  There will be five sessions available in 2023.  The cost of this course through the rec center is $69.  Rec center membership is not required at this time.

While these courses will use curriculum from Think Like a King and, student accounts are NOT included with tuition and may be purchased separately (optional).

Stay tuned to this page for registration links.