Friday, May 26, 2023

Boylston Chess: Summer Chess Clinic register ASAP






The Boylston 

Summer Clinic Program 

for 2023

Week 1

Week 2

Prices Go Up June 1st! 
Register ASAP!


We are delighted to announce more details about our summer clinics. Included below is more information about some of the topics that our instructor will cover in each week of the program:

Week 1 Curriculum (<1800 USCF)

Building an Opening Repertoire -- Learn how to find openings that suit your style, how to memorize effectively, and how to find chess "heroes" to learn the finer details!

How to Best Study Tactics - Don't just mindlessly click through puzzles. Learn about the best resources and the best training regimens.

The Basics of Rook Endgames -- Master the Philidor and Lucena Positions and learn how to save half-points and steal wins!

The Basics of King and Pawn -- See the principles of great endgame play as demonstrated by the great master Akiba Rubinstein.

Piece Activity and Dynamic Play -- Learn to sacrifice material and fight with energy!

Training in Tactical Openings -- After this one, you'll be heading into complications with no fear.

Pawn Structure and Planning -- Every chess player ends up in unfamiliar positions sometimes; learn how to orient yourself and make a plan even when you're "out of book!"

Individual Game Analysis by the Instructor

Week 2 Curriculum (1800+ USCF)

How to Prepare Against a Specific Opponent -- Playing at the top table in the final round and need an edge? Trying to knock off the big dog at your club (or maybe your dining room table)? Let the Grandmaster show you they prepare at the professional level.

Minor Piece Imbalances: Bishop vs. Knight -- Learn more about this most fascinating relationship between two "equal-value" pieces.

Piece Quality -- When is a "Bad" Bishop Good? Learn the subtleties behind improving your pieces on every turn.

Advanced Rook and Queen Endgames -- Go deeper into these sharp battles, where one inaccuracy often leads to complete disaster.

Weak Pawns -- Take your opponent's soft spot and turn it into a game-long headache.

Opposite-sides Castling Positions -- It's a foot-race to checkmate: don't get caught flat-footed!

Thematic Attacks -- Sacrifices on f7 and h7

When to Trade Pieces

Individual Game Analysis by the Instructor

In addition to these topics, Fidel may revisit Week 1 topics at a more complex level. In addition to attending lectures, students in both clinics will have opportunities to play against their cohort several times over the week and analyze their games afterwards.

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