About this Program
Enjoy the most popular board game in the world. The classes will be taught by a chess national master. Kids will learn from basic rules, tactics, openings , checkmate to advanced skills. We also offer free tournaments every week.
The Chess program at TongYan School has the following classes:
Level 0: Age 4-5 yr. This class is designed for kids with no experience in Chess. The teacher will teach basic rules and how pieces move including special moves such as castling and en passant. The content also include winning material and mate in one move.
Level 1: This class will introduce opening, mid game and end game. The students will continue studying one move checkmate and basic tactics such as fork and skewer. A student is qualified to register for this level if he can answer 80% of the question correctly within 15 minutes in the level 1 placement test (answer).
Level 2: The students in this class will study 2-move checkmates, opening for white, defense for black, mid game maneuvers, tactics such as sacrifice and discover attack, end game techniques. A student is qualified to register for this level if he can answer 80% of the question correctly within 15 minutes in the level 2 placement test (answer).
Level 3: The students in this class will study 3-move checkmates, higher level of tactics, pawn structure, end game with Queen/Rook/Pawn, exploit weakness, analyze games of world champion. A student is qualified to register for this level if he can answer 80% of the question correctly within 15 minutes in the level 3 placement test (answer).
Question: Which class is the entry level?
Answer: The level ZERO is designed for kids with no experience in chess.
Question: If my kid has learned chess before, which level should he sign up for?
Answer: We provide placement tests at www.tongyantang.org/chess which will help you to determine the right level for your kid.
Question: My kid took the chess class at TongYan school before, should he stay at the same level or go to the next level? Would he learn the same materials again if he stays?
Answer: You should always use the placement tests to choose classes. A student may stay in the same level for a few semesters or skip one level if his skill improves a lot. Except for level 0, the materials/examples the teacher uses for other classes will not repeat in very long time even though the concepts will be emphasized repeatedly.
Question: What should I do if level 3 is still too easy for my kid?
Answer: We plan to have a couple of rating groups in level 3 classes if we have more kids in the future