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Chess School Classes

Group Classes

Group classes have two equally important parts: (1) Interactive Lesson, and (2) Play Between Classmates. Progress in Chess, like any other discipline, requires not only knowledge but also practice - reinforcement of what is learned. We urge parents not enroll your child with the idea of attending just the "lesson," then hurriedly departing for some other activity without playing games against fellow students.  This would be a waste of your money and our time, and it is unfair to the other students who are deprived of playing partners. Having said that, Group instruction is offered at several levels, depending on student skills and experience:

___ Novice - Sundays 10:15 AM  For students who know how all of the pieces move and capture, as well as other basic rules and concepts of the game (pawn promotion, castling, check, checkmate, stalemate) but have limited playing experience, e.g. some games with family or friends. This is not a class for first-time Beginners! Parents should speak to Dr. Koblentz regarding options for first-time Beginners. Classes cover opening principles, tactical elements, basic endgame concepts, the chess notation and certain "special" rules often not known to Novices. Periodic teaching games against the instructor. Games against classmates are part of the ongoing "Pyramid Tournament" (no additional charge). Lecture to approximately 11 AM followed by play between classmates to approximately 11:45.

___ Intermediate - Sundays 11:15 AM  For students who have been promoted from the Novice Class or have demonstrated equivalent skills. Covers more  comprehensive tactics, endgames and ideas behind the openings. Introduction to tournament rules, scorekeeping and use of the chess clock. USCF Membership and tournament participation is strongly encouraged for this group, especially for those who have been in the group awhile (over 90% of this class participates in USCF events). Periodic teaching games against the instructor. Lecture to approximately 12:15. Play between classmates either before or after lecture (or both). Monthly USCF-rated "Class" Tournaments with clocks and prizes 1:15- 3:00 PM. Seasonal, USCF-rated "Scholastic" tournaments with clocks, scorekeeping, trophies, chess books and other prizes. USCF-rated tournaments require current USCF membership (see Mrs. Koblentz).

___ Advanced - Sundays 12:15 PM For students who have advanced from the Intermediate Class or have demonstrated equivalent skills, typically approaching or surpassing the USCF 1000 rating level. This is a USCF tournament group. Current USCF Membership is required. Regular participation in USCF tournaments is required. Includes group review of student games and instructive master games from past and present, with emphasis on practical opening repertoires, associated middlegame plans/strategies, methods of attack and defense, position play, advanced tactical motifs, problem solving and practical endgames frequently encountered in tournament practice.  Periodic teaching games against the instructor. Lecture to approximately 1:15 PM. Play between classmates before lecture and/or play with Club Members after lecture, up to Club closing time. Tournament play is offered typically twice a month ("Class" tournaments and "Club"tournaments), plus additional, less frequent opportunities in "Scholastic" and "Open" tournaments. Ideally we would have four Scholastic and four Open events per year, the most prestigious of which are the Red Bank Scholastic and Red Bank Open. This year (2016) marks the eighth consecutive year that these tournaments have been offered.

___ Beginners - please contact Dr. Koblentz 732-219-0916 or

___ Adult Students - please contact Dr. Koblentz 732-219-0916 or


Private Lessons

Private Lessons (one student) and Semi-Private Lessons (small groups) are offered Monday-Saturday, one day per week at the same time of day each week. These lessons go for a minimum of one hour. For price quotes and schedule availability, please contact Dr. Koblentz 732-219-0916 or

Group Class Schedule

Group classes are held on Sundays, year round except for certain holiday weekends, or in the event of severe weather closings, rare building emergencies, etc. We average approximately 42 to 43 open Sundays per year. Closings will be announced in advance,  as possible, via e-mail to parents of all currently enrolled students. This website, for practical reasons, will not be as up-to-date as our e-mail announcements. If you are new to us or have not attended recently, please e-mail or call ahead re: our upcoming schedule.

Group Class Policies: Registration Fees, Attendance Requirements, No Refunds

All classes are offered in blocks of four classes for $80, payable in full at the time of registration. We do not offer "trial classes" or "pay as you go, one class-at-a-time." There are no refunds for missed classes for any reason. Regular attendance is expected, including participation in required practice or tournament games indicated in the course descriptions above . A student missing a class may, at our discretion, credit one absence towards the next block of four classes. Frequent absences will result in the student being dropped from the roster and losing their place in the class. Classroom seating is limited and it is only fair in such cases to make way for other students. For any questions regarding these policies, please contact Dr. Koblentz on 732-219-0916, or

Group Class Registration Application Form (please print)

Student's Last Name __________________________  First Name __________________  M.I. ___

Address ______________________________  City ________________________  ZIP _________

Home Ph __________________  Cell ___________________  Emergency ____________________ 

Email Address _____________________________   ______________________________________

Parent Signature (acknowledging Group Class Policies above) ______________________________ Date _________________

For questions please contact Dr. Michael Koblentz on (732) 219-0916 Monday-Saturday, or by email at