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LEARN TO PLAY

A USCF and C&O
sponsored web site.
Basic rules, piece
names and moves,
as well as other
basics for new, or
novice, players are
covered on this free,
inter-active site from
Chess Magnet School.

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FREE
DOWNLOADS
to help you
LEARN  CHESS


Chess Basics 
.pdf files

This is the revised first section of the C&O Student Chess Journal. It now includes "Board Geography," "The Moves of the Chessmen," how to read and write "Chess Notation," "Basic Checkmates," and other essential information.   (34 pages)

Pawn & Piece Free Tutorials

General Instructions
& Pawn Tutors (1-4)

Do this first. (10 pages)

Rook Tutors (1-4)
(8 pages)

Bishop & Queen
Tutors
 

(4 pages)

Knight Tutors &
Knight & Bishop

(4 pages)

 

 

 

 
C&O Family Chess Center
Omar Pancoast, Director
Certified USCF Chess Coach
217 West Diamond Avenue

Gaithersburg, MD 20877-2106
OPancoast3@gmail.com
 
 

CHESS INSTRUCTION
at Lakeforest Mall, the Chess Center
& Chess.com on the internet
(Updated May 20, 2017)

OPancoast3@gmail.com



Mattie Stepanek & Ben Miller in class, July 2003                                                                                           C&O-FCC     


FREE "Beginner" Link and Downloads: 
 
      
New players are encouraged to use the free "Learn To Play" link (at left) and print out the download "Chess Basics for New Players," as well as various 'tutorials'.  Players may enroll in the Saturday Morning Chess Club (SMCC, below) when they know how all the pieces move.  The SMCC will take a new player with the basic moves into beginning and intermediate strategy, and beyond.  For private 'new player' lessons see below. 

     

GROUP SESSIONS TUITION AND FEES 
(for membership information see "Membership" page)

New Player Evaluation & Introductory Lesson:
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Lakeforest Mall -
by appointment only (call or Email to schedule: OPancoast3@gmail.com). Free with Membership (non-members $20)   
 

 
Saturday Morning Chess Club (SMCC)  
9:00 - 10:45 a.m. at Lakeforest Mall
   
      Drop-In: Members $15  Non-Members $20/evaluation & class session  
        10 Class Pass (no time limit): $100     Family: $170
        15 Class Pass (no time limit): $140     Family: $230 
        20 Class Pass (no time limit): $180     Family: $290

The club will NOT meet on the following Saturdays:

2017:  5/27, 6/10, 9/2, 11/25, 12/23, 12/30

The Saturday Morning Chess Club (SMCC) is held at Lakeforest Mall (LFM), in Gaithersburg.  SMCC is open to Center members, both children and adults (Membership Application).  Due to popular request memberships are offered in 10-, 15-, and 20-session groups (registration form) with no time limit on attendance. 
 
Students must supply their own equipment (club-standard sets, boards and clocks are available for purchase from the center). Each of these 'group sessions' may include individual mentoring as well as the group practice and review of internet games. This depends on each student's practice record and the availability of their recorded games from class or Chess.com. Individual mentoring is tailored to each student's level of experience from beginners through experienced tournament players, and may be provided by staff or student CITs. An individual program includes everything from basic concepts and tactics through analysis, computer use, and tournament strategy.


The SMCC is not intended to replace 'Private Lessons'. Check with the coach to determine if additional 'private' instruction would be beneficial for your student.  Regular 'outside practice' is expected two or three times a week (more is even better) and so free registration at Chess.com is included for all C&O members. There we maintain a 'club presence' for all C&O Family Chess Center programs, members, and former members.  Students are encouraged to create a "Chess Journal" (a loose-leaf binder in which to keep printed lesson notes, game records and other instructional materials).  
  
For maximum benefit, parents should plan for children to spend an hour, or more, on practice two or three (or more) times each week in addition to the weekly sessions.  This may include practice with a computer program, with siblings, friends, or parents, and should include playing online at Chess.com, where our staff may monitor their games.  Parental encouragement and supervision in setting up a 'regular' practice schedule is essential to initial student progress. Parents should download, print, and share with students our 'New Player Information' packet. Parents need not stay in the food court during the class but are welcome to do so.  Parents are requested not to remain directly in the chess area during the class unless enrolled as a student or volunteering as a club aide under club guidelines, and should return for students by 10:45 a.m.
The coach is often gone by 11:00 a.m. Some students remain to play in the regular Lakeforest Mall club, but our staff and mall employees are not respolsible for students who remain after the SMCC is over.

  

Registration in SMCC includes at least ten classes.  Longer registrations are available with greater discounts. Students  are also welcome to remain at the mall after SMCC, for practice and play during the regular LFM chess club, if they wish.  The regular LFM club members meet even when there is no SMCC.  Unlimited free-play is available until the mall closes, seven-days-a-week. We suggest you bring your own set and board. The mall management has provided chess tables as of late 2013.  
   

OPancoast3@gmail.com

Private Instruction 
(By appointment only.)

   
Single students, children & adults:

     Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
     No-school and early-release days, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
     Evenings, 6:30/7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

     60 min. session $40, Members $35
     90 min. session $55, Members $50
      2 hour session $65, Members $60
    

Call, or 'message' (on Chess.com), three days, or more, in advance for best results.
    
 
 Or contact CBPancoast@gmail.com with questions, or to schedule a lesson.

 

Private 'New-Player' Instruction:
     Learning the basic rules and moves may be done for 'free' on-line (on various websites) and from our C&O 'downloads. Parents who wish to teach very young children may also use our 'free' resources. Therefore we don't usually recommend private instruction for new beginners. 

     However, if you really want individual instruction for new players, regular rates apply. New players under the age of six 'must' be acompanied by an adult (counts as two students) but parents who wish to teach their own children may take an individual lesson for themselves.


Individual Online Lessons (children & adults):

    All Levels $30/game (requires Online-Center Membership)
  

     In addition to the normal online interaction, this lesson includes detailed, printed, multi-paged post-game analysis with diagrams, variations, and supplemental games, along with recommendations for for further study.  Message Username: CoachOmar on Chess.com, or contact OPancoast3@gmail.com for details, questions, or to arrange an online lesson.

Individual Printed Game Analysis (children & adults):

     All Levels $30/game (requires Online-Center Membership)
  
     Coach Pancoast thoroughly analyzes any submitted game, returning to you a final, multi-paged, printed version of the game with comments, variations, diagrams, and supplemental Master games for your enjoyment, continued study and a lasting record.  Please include complete tournament data if applicable (Tournament name, players' complete names and ratings, if available, date played, etc.).  Submit game, with payment by check, to the C&O Family Chess Center, Attention: Game Analysis, 217 West Diamond Ave., Gaithersburg, MD  20877-2106.  Be sure to include your return address.  Allow two - three weeks for completed analysis.



               The Chess.com Website
                      (inter-active on-line lessons)

The C&O Family Chess Center currently has a number of member and student groups available on Chess.com at no extra charge if you are enrolled in one of our programs or are a Center member (Online-Membership Application). We receive no money from Chess.com, but it is very useful if students are taking lessons or classes with us.  While it is not necessary to register through the center there are several benefits to doing so, especially if you are enrolled in one of our programs.   Students enrolled in our programs have access to a wide variety of lessons and other activities (which supplement our classroom materials and instruction) including unlimited play against our other Chess.com members, computers (at different strengths), and our own coaches.  Our coaches, in turn, will have access to your Chess.com games and ratings, and can direct you to specific exercises and areas of study if you ask.  Students are encouraged to practice three, or more, times a week for an hour or more. Progress in Chess.com ratings will eventually translate into rating points on your club and USCF rating.   

                                 Chess.com Registration


 

 


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