Birchguard Quest is our collaborative role-playing game designed for ages four and up. It sends children on an epic journey through the fantastical world of Arborheim, where they create characters, team up to solve puzzles, vanquish foes, and complete missions! This an excellent way for students to interact with their friends and teacher outside of chess class while still engaging their minds!
Why Take This Class? Role-playing promotes active participation by engaging kids’ imaginations with vibrant characters and diverse settings. During the game, teachers create organic opportunities for students to develop leadership and communication skills, practice creative and critical thinking, and hone executive functioning.
UES CHESS CLUB
1309 Madison Ave. (btwn. 92nd & 93rd St.)
Beginner :: 3/4
Beginner :: 5/6
Beginner :: 7+
Intermediate :: 5-7
Intermediate :: 7+
(with a catch of 4yrs)
Mini Master:: 7+
(with a catch of 5/6 yrs)
Exceptional Players :: 7+
Our Beginner classes will be split up by age level, but all students brand-new to chess will meet the colorful characters who represent the chess pieces and learn why each one moves a certain way. Older Beginners will learn at a faster pace, but each Beginner track will provide students with a solid foundation and an introduction to chess openings through our Secret Mission lesson series.
After Taking This Class: Children will be able to play full games and will be eligible to play in our -In-House, Digital Tournaments to build up competitive chess experience.
Our Intermediate classes are for students who have completed our age-appropriate beginner courses and can confidently move all the chess pieces. Students with some chess experience but who are new to Chess at Three's system will have the option to begin at the Intermediate level as well. In Intermediate classes, children learn piece valuation, attack and defense strategies, middlegame tactics, and sportsmanship skills as they begin to play more complex games.
After Taking This Class: Children will be able to play full games AND will be able to do so using basic strategies and tactics. Students will be eligible to play in our -In-House, Digital Tournaments to build up competitive chess experience.
Our Mini-Master classes are for students who can play full games and are ready to explore check and checkmate in-depth. Mini-Masters begin by learning algebraic notation, a system chess players use to write down their moves for later analysis. This course also covers piece mobility, checkmate patterns, and complex rules like en passant while emphasizing perseverance and grit, key skills for any player.
After Taking This Class: Students will be USCF “Rated” tournaments. Will likely be able to beat their parents!
Our Advanced Chess classes are for students who have completed our full Chess Club Curriculum (or have demonstrated to a tutor that they have the requisite experience). This course covers specific openings and defenses, checkmate puzzles, and Grandmaster game analysis. Lessons will include real chess history and involve competitive gameplay to help students take their game to the next level.