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Weekly Classes & Lectures


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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. 


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Beginner's Chess for Adults (Google Meet)

Thursday, May 20

Beginner's Chess for Kids (Google Meet)

Sunday, May 23

Beginner's Chess for Adults (Google Meet)

Thursday, May 27
Beginner's Chess for Kids (Google Meet) Sunday, May 30

Beginner's Chess for Adults (Google Meet)

Thursday, June 3
Beginner's Chess for Kids (Google Meet) Sunday, June 6


Livestreamed Classes and Lectures


Kids Chess for Rookies: 1:00 PM (Twitch)

  • 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 (Twitch)

  • 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: Every class will end with a match against a classmate! Taught by a Grandmaster.

Puzzler's Paradise: 5:00 PM (Twitch)

  • 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.

Understanding Practical Chess: 6:00 PM (Twitch)

  • Learn from the mistakes of both you and your opponent. Taught by WIM Thalia Cervantes


Chess Openings Explained: 6:30 PM (YouTube)

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

The Winner's Circle: 7:30 PM (Twitch)

  • Nick Risko takes you through classic tournaments in history to analyze how the winners did it. Taught by Nick Risko.


The Road to 2000: 6:30 PM (YouTube)

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

Insane in the Endgame: 7:30 PM (YouTube)

  • Train the creativity, precision, and calculation required to navigate through the insanity of chess endgames. Taught by a Grandmaster.


Chess and Psychology: 6:00 PM (YouTube)

  • 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 IM Dorsa Derakhshani

Analyze Your Games!: 7:00 PM (Twitch)

  • 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 IM Dorsa Derakhshani


Ladies' Knight - Women's Class: 1:00 PM (Twitch)

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

Grandmaster’s Choice: 6:30 PM (YouTube)

  • Join our Resident Grandmaster for an instructional class on a topic of their choosing. Taught by a Grandmaster.

Games of the Week: 7:30 PM (YouTube)

  • See how a Grandmaster follows modern trends in chess by learning from the most recent games of the world’s top players. Taught by a Grandmaster.


King & Pawn Warfare: 5:00 PM (Twitch)

  • King & pawn endgames are the backbone of chess understanding. In this class you'll learn the essential & fundamental ones. Taught by IM Dorsa Derakhshani

Friday Action Tactics Time: 6:00 PM (Twitch)

  • Learn essential patterns and the correct technique for solving tactical problems. Taught by IM Dorsa Derakhshani