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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Beginner Chess

with William E Ravn


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For beginner or novice-level players who like the challenge of mental competition, or who just enjoy sitting down for a quiet game with family or friends. Studying chess develops and strengthens critical thinking skills, planning and patience. Consider it as 'pushups' for the brain!

New players will learn the strategy of the game which can then be taken to the next level with a partner.

Topics include setup & relative piece values, rules & recording games, strategic principles & tactics, basic opening lines & pawn structure, basic endgames, and other chess resources. Course fee is per person.

Required: Chessboard/set.

Recommended text: The Complete Book of Chess Strategy by Jeremy Silman (International Master) or any book dealing with chess basics.

As of 3/9/2022: 3-foot distancing required, masks optional.

Will Ravn has more than a decade of experience playing and studying chess and a peak USCF ELO rating of 2021. He has taught individuals in the past and feels comfortable teaching players to learn and better understand the game of chess.

  • Apr 28 - Jun 16th, 2022
    Thu for 8 weeks from 6:00 - 7:15 pm


207 934 4461

40 E E Cummings Blvd.
Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064 Get directions

Room: 104

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