Chess Program

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NEW! Adult Beginner Class:

Adult Class: There will be (1) beginner class offered to ages 18 and over. Princeton Residents only to start, if space allows we will open it to Non-Residents. Class will take place in the Community Room in the Municipal Building (400 Witherspoon Street Princeton, NJ).  

Dates/Day/Time/Fees: Tuesdays, 6:45pm-7:45pm, once a week for (4) weeks from 2/8-3/1. $45 for Princeton Residents. 

K - 12th Grade Classes:

Beginner Class: Mondays, from 4:00pm-4:50pm, once a week for (4) weeks from 2/7-3/7 (no class on 2/21). $40 for Princeton Residents. 

Intermediate/ Advanced Class: Mondays, from 5:00pm-5:50pm, once a week for (4) weeks from 2/7-3/7 (no class on 2/21). $40 for Princeton Residents. 

Due to space limitations and capacity, this program is open to Princeton Residents only at first. If space allows, we will open it to NR. 

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!