Fort Lee School # 2 Spring 2024

  • Chess
Fort Lee School # 2: 2047 Jones Rd, Fort Lee, NJ 07024, USA
Apr 08 2024
Jun 10 2024
9 weeks
  1. Sun 
  2. Mon3:00 - 4:00 pm
  3. Tue 
  4. Wed 
  5. Thu 
  6. Fri 
  7. Sat 



  1. Children will stay in their classes and be escorted to media center for chess club at 3:00.
  2. No food, drink, or snacks during chess club.
  3. Masks must be worn by all teachers and students at all times during the class   
  4. Pick up is at 4:00 for kids who do not have after care. Please contact school immediately if there is a problem with pick up. If this will be an issue we will have to take your child out of the club.


  • Rules of the game: how pawns/pieces move & capture; what is attack, castle, 'en passant', pawn promotion; check; checkmate; notation – I.e. The “abc’s” of chess.
  • Basic strategy:
    a. checkmate -or the goal of the game
    b. development of pieces (more squares means stronger pieces)
    c. stalemate
    d. capturing the opponent’s pieces
    e. piece value (absolute, and relative)
  • Check Mate Concepts (The common 'how to's”)
    a) mate with queen & king against king
    b) mate with 2 rooks, or 1 rook 1 queen (Ladder mate)
    c) mate with 1 rook and king against king
    d) mate traps in the beginning of the game (scholar’s, fool’s, Legal’s)
    e) mate traps in the middle game (Batteries, plus Smother, anastasia, Arabian, etc.)
  • Basic End-Of-Game principles
    a) King becomes strong at end-of the game
    b) Pawn & King against King (opposition, flanking)
    c) Simple end-game positions for practice

ADVANCED BEGINNER / INTERMEDIATE CLASSES (at least two semesters of chess) 

  • Brief review of chess rules: capture; castle, 'en passant', pawn promotion; check; checkmate; stalemate (all from beginner class)
  • Basic tactics I (tactical devices to gain material for purpose of later strategic victory)
    a. Pin
    b. Double attack (i.e. fork)
    c. Discover threat/check/attack (also double check!)
    d. Skewer
  • Basic tactics II (simple combinations)
    a. Piece values (relative to each other, position)
    b. Unique piece combinations (i.e. Bishop, rook, etc.)
    c. Deflections, Decoys, “In-Between moves,”
  • End-Of-Game (continue)
    a. Rule of the square of the pawn
    b. Zugzwang (possible in middlegame, probable in most endgames)
    c. Tempi (Triangulation as a means of losing tempi at end to force Zugzwang)
  • Chess Tournaments

Class dates

04/08/2024, 04/15/2024, 04/22/2024, 04/29/2024, 05/06/2024, 05/13/2024, 05/20/2024, 06/03/2024, 06/10/2024

Program enrollment capacity

Minimum: 6

Maximum: 32

Registration period

Registration starts on 03/18/2024 and ends on 04/12/2024.

In-person location

Fort Lee School # 2: 2047 Jones Rd, Fort Lee, NJ 07024, USA
Registration closed.