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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.

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 a Grandmaster.

Kids 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. Taught by a 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 NM Jim McLauglin.

Beginner Breakdown: 7:30PM

  • 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 Dennis La Rue.

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 qualified STLCC Staff.

Tactics Time!: 6:30 PM

  • NM Jim McLaughlin will guide you to super stardom with excellent tactical strategies. Taught by NM Jim McLaughlin.

Adult Beginner Class: 7:30 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 qualified STLCC Staff.

My Greatest Losses: 7:30 PM

  • Oh, the agony! Learn how the pros deal with and learn from defeats. Taught by a Grandmaster.
 

WEDNESDAY

The Road to 2000: 6:00 PM

  • Learn how to escape the common pitfalls that keep Class players from achieving their next step up.

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 qualified STLCC 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.

Endgame Class 7:30 PM

  • Focus on the technical phase in chess where games are won or lost. Improve the endgame understanding in this fun new class. Taught by qualified STLCC Staff.

THURSDAY

Pure Beginner Ladies' Knight Class: 6:30 PM

  • Learn the rules and how the pieces move. Open to women of all ages. Taught by qualified STLCC Staff.

Ladies' Knight Intermediate Class: 6:30 PM

  • After learning the basics of chess, come to the intermediate class for the next step. We will cover the basic elements, strategies and tactics needed for you to advance. Taught by the extraordinary Emily Trask.

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

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

Viewer's Choice: 6:30 PM

  • This class will review games that have been submitted by our YouTube audience Taught by a Grandmaster.

Checkmating: Chess in the Romantic Era: 7:30 PM

  • Tired of all the draws in modern chess? Return to a better time full of swashbuckling sacrifices and aggressive chess games with our new class focused on chess from the 15th century to the 1880s.Taught by a Grandmaster.

FRIDAY

King & Pawn Warfare: 5:00 PM

  • King & pawn endgames are the backbone of chess understanding. In this class you'll learn the essential & fundamental ones. Join NM Julian Proleiko as he hammers your ability to calculate into fighting form!

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 STLCC 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 STLCC Staff.

Analyze Your Games!: 4:00 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 qualified STLCC Staff.