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Chess School Classes

Group Classes

Group instruction is offered at several levels, depending on student skills and experience:

___ Novice Class - Sundays 10:00-12:00. For students who know how the pieces move and other basic rules and concepts of the game, but who have limited playing experience (parents should speak to Dr. Koblentz regarding our options for first-time beginners). Covers the basics of opening principles, tactical elements, endgame principles and certain "special" rules of chess most often not known to Novices. Introduction to the chess notation. Lecture approximately10:00-11:00; play between classmates 11:00-12:00.

___ Intermediate Class - Sundays 11:00-1:00. For students who have advanced from the Novice Class or have equivalent skills. Covers more  comprehensive tactics and endgames. Ideas behind the Open Games. Introduction to tournament rules, scorekeeping and use of  the chess clock. USCF Membership is encouraged for this group (see Dr. Koblentz). Lecture~11:00-12:00; play between classmates 12:00-1:00. Optional Monthly Class Tournaments, USCF-rated with clocks and prizes 1:00-2:30.

___ Advanced Class - Sundays 11:00-1:00. For students who have advanced from the Intermediate Class or have equivalent skills. Covers tactical combinations, advanced endgame technique and introduction to position play, openings and associated middlegame strategies beyond the Open Games. USCF Membership is required for this group. Play between classmates 11:00-12:00 followed by Lecture 12:00-1:00. It is expected that Advanced students will participate regularly in the monthly USCF-rated Class Tournaments 1:00-2:30, and in selected open scholastic tournaments.

___ Beginners, including Children Age 5+, Teens, Adults and Seniors - please contact Dr. Koblentz 732-219-0916

Private Classes

To schedule private lessons during the week (Monday-Friday), please contact Dr. Koblentz on 732-219-0916 or

Group Class Schedule

Classes are held Sunday mornings year round, except for certain holidays, as reflected in the dates below.

  • September 8, 15, 22, 29
  • October 6, 13, 20 -  Closed October 27
  • November 3, 10, 17, 24
  • December 1, 8, 15, 22 - Closed December 29

Group Class Registration

Registration for Fall 2013 Classes is now open. Please contact Dr. Koblentz on 732-219-0916 or

Group classes are offered in blocks of four lessons for $60, payable in full at the time of registration. There is no option for payment of one class-at-a-time, or "as you go" group lessons. Regular attendance is expected. Frequent absences are disruptive not only to the student's continuity of learning, but also to classmates and the instructor, as well.

Although there are no refunds for missed classes. a student missing a class may credit one absence towards the next block of four classes. Except for illness, we would appreciate advance notice of a student's absence. Frequent absences are discouraged, and if a class is full, will result in the student losing their place in the class.

Private and Group Class students enjoy club discounts on events.

Group Class Registration Application Form

(Please Print) Last Name _____________________  First Name _______________  M.I. ___

Address ___________________  City ____________________  ST __  ZIP _________

Home Ph _____________  Cell _______________  Cell ____________  Work _____________

Email Address _________________________

For additional information contact Director, Dr. Michael Koblentz, on (732) 219-0916 or on Sundays (732) 614-0748, or by email at