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Weekly Classes & Lectures

You don't have to be an expert to play at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis! 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. 


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.

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.



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 Mayhem: 7:45 PM

  • An unrated thematic tournament (G/45;d5) with a different position every week based on the Chess Openings Explained lecture. Free to enter. Prizes vary by month. Rounds (one per week): 7:45 PM each Monday of the month. Check in with TD by 7:40 to be paired each week/round. One ½ point byes available if declared before Round 2.


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. Suggested rating: 1500 and below.

Endgame Exclam!!: 7:30 PM

  • A great class for every club player. This class is aimed at improving strategic thinking and formulating plans in the endgame. Suggested rating: 1200+. Taught by a Grandmaster.


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.


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

Two Wrongs Make a Knight: 6:30 PM

  • This class will review games from our Wednesday night tournaments. Taught by a Grandmaster..

Games You Should Know By Heart 7:30 PM

  • Go over famous chess games of the past that you should know by heart! Taught by a Grandmaster.


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.