After learning piece movement and the rules of chess, this adult beginner class covers the basic elements and strategies in a classroom setting. This course combines theory and play.
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Chess is a game and a sport which has an aesthetic quality which can make it an art form too. A game for the mind that can be played with eyes open or closed, it will help develop your memory, concentration, focus and logical and spatial thinking. Chess has enthralled people for 1500 years, with only a few tweaks to the rules throughout the centuries and in today's world where computers are now better players, chess can still capture people's imagination and give you the opportunity to discipline yourself and learn and improve from your failures every time you play.
The image of chess as being a slow game played by old men is well out of date! Now it’s mostly young players of all genders and abilities blitzing the moves and making noise. In this course we will be having fun learning the basics of chess, a bit of history and the contemporary scene in NZ and the world.
Everyone should leave the course a little bit fascinated and with a ‘Pawn Certificate’ giving you a confident start in a lifelong recreation.
Those who are new or relatively new to chess and want to learn the basics. Those who'd like to start playing chess at home or a club and want to build confidence first.
From 2019 course:
"I liked games of chess after learning new tactics". "I enjoyed much more than I expected." "Got to play with other players and solve puzzles." "I enjoyed the mix of instruction, demonstration of masters' games and playing. The classes were enlivened by the friendly, open tutoring style."