Beginners Chess Club

2:30pm-3:30pm Tuesdays     Ages 5-7

In the Fall semester we will introduce the pieces, their movements (including castling) and their values. How to capture pieces and will learn to distinguish good and bad trades. We will learn what does it mean to check and checkmate. Each class will have a craft activity related to chess.

 In the Winter semester we will continue reviewing the pieces and their movements, but then will also learn en passant, stalemates and draws. The concept of tactics will be introduced. Each class will have a craft activity related to chess.

 In the Spring semester on top of reviewing all the previous material, we will start a discussion of openings, middle, and endgames.

 This the class will be good for absolute beginners without prior exposure to chess, as well as those who have some experience with chess but haven’t internalized all the moves yet.

Teacher: Ekaterina Machavariani

Ekaterina (Elena's mom) holds a Master's degree in Mathematics from NYU-Courant Institute. When in high school she participated in national and international mathematics competitions and has a gold medal from international math project competition. Following graduate school she has been tutoring students all around NYC. Besides her love for math and sciences, she also loves to read about nutrition and is an avid cook herself. She finds joy in non-toxic and environmentally friendly ways of living. You can always invite her for a friendly game of chess or have a discussion about alternative methods of education. If you would like to know more about Ekaterina and see her full Resume, visit

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Fall Term 2019: $350 + $25 materials 14 days

Sept.10th, 17th, 24th Oct. 8th(field trip) 15th, 22nd (field trip) 29th Nov 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th Dec 3rd, 10th, 17th

No Classes Oct. 1st Rosh Hashanah and Oct 8th and 22nd Field Trip

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Winter Term 2020: $275 + $25 materials 11 days

Jan 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, Feb 4th, 11th, 25th March 3rd. 10th. 17th, 24th

No Classes Feb. 18th Winter Break

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Spring Term 2020: $275 + $25 materials 10 days

March 31st, April 7th, 21st, 28th May 5th, 12th, 26th June 2nd, 9th 

No Classes April 14th Spring Break