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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. 

SUNDAY

Pure Beginner Class for Kids: 1:00 PM

  • Ready to learn the rules and how the pieces move? This is the perfect class for those completely new to chess. Taught by qualified STLCC staff.

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 a Grandmaster.

Chess for Knights: 2:00 PM

  • An advanced kids class for tournament players that focuses on strategies for club players. Taught by a Grandmaster. 

Puzzler's Paradise: 5:00 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.

 

MONDAY

Chess Openings Explained 6:30 PM

  • Explore a variety of openings and learn how to formulate strategical plans and identify common motifs. Taught by Jonathan Schrantz.

Monday Night Strong Swiss: 7:00PM

  • Achieve your dreams by playing in our monthly Closed Swiss.

TUESDAY

Kids' Beginner Class: 6:30 PM

  • After learning piece movement and the rules of chess, this kids class covers the basic elements and strategies in a fun classroom setting. Taught by the Staff.

Tactics Time!: 6:30 PM

  • Dennis LaRue will guide you to super stardom with excellent tactical strategies. 

Strategy Session: 7:30 PM

  • Launch yourself to superstardom with this amazing class focused on strategic decision making and a variety of other concepts. Taught by a Grandmaster.

WEDNESDAY

Adult Beginner Class: 6:30 PM

  • After learning piece movement and the rules of chess, this adult beginner class covers the basic elements and strategies in a classroom setting. Taught by the Staff.

Monthly Knights Tournament: 7:00 PM

  • Play one game (G/70;d5) every Wednesday over the course of a month. Great for those looking to play a standard rated tournament but are too busy to commit to a weekend event.

The Road to 2000: 7:30 PM

  • Tired of the mystery of how your friend became 200 points better than you? Learn how to escape the common pitfalls that keep class players from achieving their next step up. Taught by Caleb Denby.

THURSDAY

Pure Beginner Ladies' Knight: 6:30 PM

  • Learn the rules and how the pieces move. Open to women of all ages.

Ladies' Knight - Women's Beginner Class: 6:30 PM

  • This class is for women and girls of all ages. Taught by WGM Anna Sharevich

The Secret Life of Pawns: 6:30 PM

  • Finally a class all about pawns! Learn about different pawn structures, king and pawn endgames, and other fun pawn-related topics. Taught by a Grandmaster.

Play Like a Pro: 7:30 PM

  • Have you ever wanted to learn how to play like Bobby Fischer, Mikhail Tal, Garry Kasparov, ect? Well now you can with our newest class dedicated to studying the games of chess legends.Taught by a Grandmaster.

FRIDAY

Adult Beginner Class: 6:00 PM

  • After learning piece movement and the rules of chess, this adult beginner class covers the basic elements and strategies in a classroom setting. Taught by the Staff.

Friday Action Quads: 7:00 PM

  • Play three quick-rated games (G20;d3) in one night against players close to your own skill level. Register by 6:55 p.m. Entry fee: $10.

SATURDAY

Pure Beginner Class for Kids: 1:00 PM

  • Ready to learn the rules and how the pieces move? This is the perfect class for those completely new to chess. Taught by qualified CCSCSL staff.

Adult Pure Beginner Class: 2:00 PM

  • Ready to learn the rules and how the pieces move? This is the perfect class for adults who are completely new to chess. Taught by qualified CCSCSL staff.