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Weekly Classes & Lectures

You don't have to be an expert to play at the Saint Louis Chess Club! We offer a great environment for beginning and intermediate chess players to learn one of the oldest games in the world. Weekly classes and tournaments are available for both children and adults at any skill level, all of them free to members -- and all of them sure to help take your game to the next level. 




Adult Beginner's Class: 6:30 PM

  • Learn all the rules and fundamentals of chess to start your chess journey. Taught by Nathaniel Powell

Road To 2000: 6:30 PM

  • Learn how to escape the common pitfalls that keep Class players from achieving their next step up. Taught by NM Caleb Denby & NM Julian Proleiko


Beginner Breakdown: 6:30 PM

  • Do you want to take your game to the next level? Review beginner games and avoid the most common pitfalls that sabotage club players. Taught by Alex Moellering

Adult Beginner's Class: 6:30 PM

  • Learn all the rules and fundamentals of chess to start your chess journey. Taught by Nathaniel Powell

Grandmaster's Choice: 7:30 PM 

  • Viewers see how a Grandmaster follows modern trends in chess by learning from the most recent games of the world's top players. Taught by Resident Grandmaster


How To Become a Grandmaster: 5:30 PM

  • How did aspiring players become established Grandmasters? Explore their struggles, triumphs and unexpected twists on the path to the coveted Grandmaster Title. Taught by GM Denes Boros

Chess and Psychology: 6:30 PM 

  • Explore how to think about chess moves like a pro by thinking about each move efficiently and from both sides, and learn practical applications of psychology that relate to your rating. Taught by GM Denes Boros

Analyze Your Games: 7:30 PM 

  • Take your game to the next level by learning how to analyze chess games more effectively. Please bring your games to the class! Taught by the Grandmaster in Residence


Beginner Ladies' Knight: 6:30 PM

  • Learn the basic fundamentals of chess to build your chess foundation. Taught by Allison Looney

Ladies' Knight: 6:30 PM

  • Build upon the foundation of chess strategy with more advanced principles and ideas in this advanced class. Taught by WGM Thalia Cervantes

Prepare Like A Pro: 7:30 PM

  • How do the pros train for tournaments? From deep opening preparation to middle game ideas, learn how to best equip yourself for competition. Taught by the Resident Grandmaster


Friday Action Tactics Time: 4:45 PM

  • Learn essential patterns and the correct technique for solving tactical problems. Taught by NM Julian Proleiko


Kid's Beginner's Class: 2:00 PM

  • Learn the basic fundamentals of chess to start your chess journey. Taught by Kenny Dickens

Adult Beginner's Class: 3:00 PM

  • Learn the basic fundamentals of chess to start your chess journey. Taught by Kenny Dickens



Kids' Chess for Rookies: 1:00 PM    

  • If you already know the rules of chess, learn the basic strategies from a grandmaster in this fun class. Taught by Resident Grandmaster


Kids' Chess for Knights: 2:00 PM  

  • A kids class for tournament players. This lecture will focus on strategies with competition in mind, and everything learned will be immediately put to the test. Taught by Resident Grandmaster


Puzzler's Paradise: 4:00 PM

  • This class is open to all members. Test and sharpen your tactical and positional skills by attempting to solve puzzles handpicked by our Resident Grandmaster. Taught by a Grandmaster


Double Exclam!!: 5:00 PM

  • Explore some of the most brilliant and unusual ideas truly worthy of a double exclam!! Taught by a Grandmaster