Open to: Students in grades 4 and up
Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required
Course Format: Individually Paced
Course Length: Typically 6 months
Course Code: IMC
Intermediate Chess is a continuation of CTY's online Introduction to Chess course. Intermediate Chess introduces students to commonly seen tactics and strategies in the game of chess. The course is designed for students with sound knowledge of the rules of chess and some knowledge of basic tactical and strategic ideas.
Starting with theory of the opening, students learn numerous tactical motifs and strategic goals to employ throughout the different stages of a game of chess, as well as ideas to use when evaluating a board position. Concepts are explained through interactive lessons, game studies, quizzes, and videos. Games against increasingly difficult computer opponents cap every chapter, culminating with a final game against the CTY Instructor.
Instructors are available to meet with students to help them develop their chess skills through weekly online coaching sessions. Instructors will provide individualized feedback and elaborate on concepts students have learned in the course. Students can also participate in training games with their assigned instructor or casual games with other students in CTY's weekly online chess clubs and biannual chess tournaments.
In addition to learning chess strategy and tactics, this course will promote the growth and development of skills in concentration, logic, decision-making, planning, and self-discipline.
To help determine whether the student is ready to take Intermediate Chess, CTY recommends that they complete the placement test and play several games against the CTY Bluejay. (Leave your name and ID fields blank.)
A student who receives a grade of 85% or higher on the placement test and consistently beats the Bluejay would be well prepared for Intermediate chess. Otherwise, the Introduction to Chess course is recommended to review concepts and for extra practice.
For a detailed list of topics, click the "List of Topics" tab.
While no materials are needed for the course, it is recommended that the student have a real chess board to play and practice on at home.
The CTY Chess Club is a time where all of our CTY Online Programs chess students (former and current) can get together once a week on our virtual chess environment and enjoy playing structured games as well as tournaments.
The Chess Club is monitored by our highly trained staff of chess instructors and meets every Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. EST.
When you are done, click on Challenge again and play another member awaiting a game!
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
Zoom online virtual classroom
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.