Ho Ho Kus Public School Chess Club Spring Session

  • Chess
Ho-Ho-Kus Public School: 70 Lloyd Rd, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423, USA
Apr 12 2024
Jun 07 2024
8 weeks
  1. Sun 
  2. Mon 
  3. Tue 
  4. Wed 
  5. Thu 
  6. Fri3:15 - 4:15 pm
  7. Sat 



Students should meet at the HHK School’s main entrance. Instructors will escort the students into the building at 3:15PM and late arriving students may have trouble getting into the building. Please be on time. Students will exit out the main entrance at 4:15 PM

No food, drink, or snacks during chess 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

04/12/2024, 04/19/2024, 04/26/2024, 05/03/2024, 05/10/2024, 05/17/2024, 05/31/2024, 06/07/2024


Participants must currently be in grades 3 to 8.

Program enrollment capacity

Minimum: 6

Maximum: 26

Registration period

Registration starts on 03/22/2024 and ends on 04/19/2024.

In-person location

Ho-Ho-Kus Public School: 70 Lloyd Rd, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423, USA
Registration closed.