Chess Program

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Beginner Classes: Who is the program offered to?

There will be a beginner class offered to rising K-5th graders, and rising 6th-12th graders. All programs are open to Princeton Residents, Cranbury Residents, and Non-Residents who attend school in Princeton.

Intermediate/ Advanced Classes: Who is the program offered to?

There will be (1) intermediate/advanced class offered to rising K-12th graders. Open to Princeton Residents, Cranbury Residents, and Non-Residents who attend school in Princeton. 

Days/Dates/Times/Location/Fees

Location: Community South Picnic Pavilion

Beginner Class Rising K-5th: Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00pm, once a week for 6 weeks, 6/30-8/4. *This class is FULL, however, you can be added to the wait-list by clicking here.*

Beginner Class Rising 6-12thWednesdays from 5:15-6:45pm, once a week for 6 weeks, 6/30-8/4

Intermediate/Advanced Class Rising K-12th: Thursdays from 4:30-6:00pm, once a week for 6 weeks, 7/1-8/5

Fees: $75.00 for Princeton Residents, $125 for Cranbury Residents and Non-Residents who attend school in Princeton.

Beginner Class:

The class teaches students how to correctly place pieces on the board to set up a game of chess and know the legal moves of each piece, teaches the rules of the game, basic strategy, elementary opening concepts, recognition of tactical themes, calculation of material exchanges, and elementary endgame knowledge. This class is for students who have just started chess and are looking for a first-time experience.

Intermediate/Advanced Class:

The class teaches students advanced tactical ideas, in-depth opening theory, recognition of tactical themes, advanced endgame knowledge, and gives students a more complex understanding of the game. This class is for students who have a complete understanding of the game but are looking to further themselves.

Chess Instructor: 

Nicholas Thomas is an enthusiastic chess player and current member of the Dean of Chess Academy - Elite Level (my current USCF rating is 1635). He also participates in regular local chess tournaments and even played in Chess Nationals this year where he placed 19th across all eleventh graders nationally!