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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Beginner Chess

with William E Ravn


For the beginner or novice player wanting to learn the basics and establish a strong understanding of the game. Whether for casual enjoyment or vigorous mental competition, chess is a beautiful and complex game that can provide endless entertainment and mental stimulation. Played throughout the world by people of all ages and walks of life, it truly is a great equalizer. Playing and studying chess can also help develop and strengthen critical thinking skills, planning, and patience. Topics include setup & relative piece values, rules & recording games, strategic principles & tactics, primary opening lines & pawn structure, basic endgames, and other chess resources. Course fee is per person. Some chess sets provided but feel free to bring your own. No class 10/27.

Recommended texts: Any book dealing with chess basics; examples include: Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess by Bobby Fischer, The Complete Book of Chess Strategy by Jeremy Silman, and Play Winning Chess by Yasser Seirawan.

Will Ravn is the 2022 Maine State Chess Champion and has over a decade of experience playing and studying chess with a peak USCF ELO rating of 2021. He has taught individual lessons in the past and is comfortable teaching players to learn and better understand the game of chess.

  • Sep 22 - Nov 17th, 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: 105

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