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Virtually Gorton: Chess for Kids
Learn how to play the world’s oldest game! We’ve designed a high-energy, stimulating approach to chess that is great for kids in 1st – 5th grades!
Classes are typically divided into different skill levels. Students will spend much of their time playing each other and challenging the instructor. At the beginning of each class, we have a brief question and answer session on certain a topic, challenging students with exercises and puzzles.
Our intro course covers:
-Piece types, movements, and captures
-Positioning, castling, and basic strategy
-Piece values and strategic sacrifices
Our more advanced class covers:
-Openings (Scotch game, Queen’s Gambit, London system etc) and defenses
-Pins, forks, skewers
-Middle and Endgame strategy and tactics
-Chess variants (Chess 960, Atomic chess)
Each class ends in a tournament where the winner takes home a trophy!
This class runs on Mondays, February 22 – March 29, 4:00pm – 5:00pm via Zoom
**Athena Coding was founded just last year by veteran educator and chess enthusiast David Howie; we’re currently bringing an innovative, project-based approach to a variety of subjects to more than a dozen school and parks districts nationwide.
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Class Refund and Cancellation Policy: Refunds will only be given up to one week prior to the first week of class of any session. (The refund period for some classes, which require advanced reservations or purchase of materials, may be more limited.) Cancellations will incur a $5 handling fee for programs costing under $100 and a 10% handling fee for programs with fees of $100 or more. If a class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, you will be notified, and a full refund will be given.
If this class does not meet the minimum participation requirement, you will be notified of the cancellation within one week of the start date.
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