Group Lesson Goals

Develop critical thinking skills

Chess is a game of strategy and requires players to think several moves ahead. Through our lessons, we aim to help children develop critical thinking skills that they can apply to other areas of their lives.

Improve decision-making abilities

Chess requires players to make decisions based on limited information, a skill that can be challenging but essential for success. We aim to help children improve their decision-making abilities through our lessons.

Build a strong foundation in chess fundamentals

To become a successful chess player, it’s essential to have a strong foundation in the game’s basic principles, such as opening theory, tactics, and endgame strategies. Our lessons will focus on building this foundation for children, and provide in-person practice opportunities including uscf-rated tournaments to measure their progress.

Foster a love for the game

Chess can be a challenging game, but it can also be a lot of fun! We want to help children develop a love for the game by making our lessons engaging and enjoyable, the 2-hour in-person class will bring more chess fun for the kids and help them make friends each other.

Encourage sportsmanship and fair play

Chess is a game that requires players to demonstrate good sportsmanship and fair play, even when they lose. We will practice them in our internal training matches.

Help children set and achieve goals

Chess is a game that rewards persistence and hard work. Through our lessons, we aim to help children set achievable goals and work towards achieving them.

Provide opportunities for competition

We aim to provide children with opportunities to participate in competitions and gain confidence in their abilities.

Develop problem-solving skills

Chess requires players to solve complex problems and make difficult decisions. Through our lessons, we aim to help children develop problem-solving skills that they can apply to other areas of their lives.

Improve concentration and focus

Chess is a game that requires players to focus and concentrate for extended periods. Our lessons will focus on helping children improve their concentration and focus skills.

Teach life skills

Chess can teach children valuable life skills such as patience, perseverance, and the ability to handle defeat gracefully.

Group Lesson Format

  1. The students will be divided into 3 groups, catering to beginners / intermediate / advanced level students.
  2. Each session will consist of eight lessons, including 6 one-hour online lessons via Zoom and 2 two-hour in-person lesson (workshop), held at a location in Culver City, 90230.
  3. The two-hour in-person lesson will focus on internal training matches and game analysis, and cover advanced OTB tournament skills, including time management.
  4. At the end of the session, each student will receive a free entry to a USCF-rated monthly chess tournament, allowing them to apply and showcase the skills they learned during the lessons.

ICEA Coaches

Alex Wang

National Master

Ellie Zhang

Woman Candidate Master

Felix Guo

Top 50 of Age 12

Elena Zhang

Woman Candidate Master

Esther Jou

Top 50 of Age 15

Ryan Sweezey

Coach Assistant

Sihan Tao

FIDE Master

Austin Huang

Coach Assistant

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