2018 Year End Holiday Programme

It is the time of the year again, to put aside your school text books and learn something fun. Our Academy will be conducting our modular and structured ‘Learn to Play Chess Programmes’. These shall be intensive week long programmes from Mondays to Fridays and 3 hours daily.

Week 1:     19/11/18 – 23/11/18
Week 2:     26/11/18 – 30/11/18
Week 3:     3/12/18 – 7/12/18
Week 4:     10/12/18 – 14/12/18
Week 5:     17/12/18 – 21/12/18
Week 6:     24/12/18 – 28/12/18

Time – Commencing  : 10.00 am OR   2.00 pm

Confirmed Classes:

Week 1:

10.00 am – 1.00pm

  • Thematic Course
  • Chess Tactics 3
  • Chess Principles
  • Chess Foundation

2.00 pm – 5.00 pm

  • Chess Principles

Week 3:

10.00 am – 1.00 pm

  • Preparation for Competitions


Our Beginners Course targets young children who do not have any knowledge of the game. They will start from learning the squares, ranks and files on the chessboard and thereafter they will be introduced to the game, the pieces, the movements, the value of the pieces and simple checkmates. This course is also suitable for children who pick up the game from their parents or friends as although they are able to make simple moves,  they are required to learn the basic fundamental aspects of the game in a structured manner. There shall be both theory and practical lessons to enable them to put into practice what they learnt during the course. At the end of the course the students will be assessed to determine their suitability to progress to the next level.

We have children starting as young as 5 years of age. At the end of the course the children should be able to play a simple game.


The Chess Checkmate Techniques and Patterns Course is the second module in our group enrichment program. Trainees should have preferably completed our Beginners Course. Student starts learning the importance and benefits of Chess Notations.  They will learn basic checkmates with Queen and Rook against lone King; Two Rooks against lone King; Queen against lone King; Rook and King against lone King among more common checkmate patterns.


Our Chess Principles Course introduces our children to important principles in Chess Openings, the Middle game and the End game. They will learn how to optimize piece placements to acquire advantages in the game. Traps will be covered to help our trainees avoid disadvantages in the game.


Chess Tactics 1 targets children who have learnt the foundation of chess principles. They will be introduced to the importance, strength and weaknesses of different pawn structures, how to best utilize them in the middle game and end game. There will be a chapter on Chess Thinking Skills, which prepares our trainees to equip themselves with several fundamental but essential Chess tactics like the Pin, Skewer, Double Attacks and others.


Our Chess Tactics 2 is a continuation of the Intermediate 1 Course. Our students will learn more complicated yet very useful tactics and strategies like Decoy, Deflection, Interference, Clearances among others. There will be practices for them to familiarize with these Tactical patterns to improve their ability to recognize and utilize these Tactics.


Chess Tactics 3 takes Tactics to the next level where complex calculation and combination will be taught to our students. They will learn how tactics can be used both offensively and defensively. Lessons include Tactical Combinations, Invasion of Squares, Defensive Tactics, Under-promotion and more.

At the same time we are conducting 3 Thematic Programmes:

Introduction to Openings

Students will learn the important principles of Openings. Chess Openings lay the foundation of every chess game. You will learn the setup and ideas behind common openings including: move orders of different variations, general structures, critical squares and key development moves. Each opening has a very different play style. This module is suitable for Elementary to Intermediate level students.

Introduction to Endgame

Students will learn basic concepts behind endgames: pawn promotion, positioning and activities of King and other pieces. They will also learn several endgame techniques, patterns to both defend and attack in simple endgames. This module is also recommended for Elementary to Intermediate level students.

Opening Essentials

Students will learn advanced Opening concepts (following up on our Introduction to Openings): key weaknesses, positional and tactical patterns and considerations. They will also learn in depth some of the most popular openings. Recommended for students who have done our Introduction to openings module and suitable for Intermediate and Developmental level students.

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