About the Course

Intermediate Chess

  • Grade 4+
  • CTY-Level
  • Session-Based

In Intermediate Chess, you will expand your knowledge of tactics and strategies in the game of chess. Starting with opening goals, you will learn tactical motifs and strategies to employ through a chess game, as well as ideas to use when evaluating a board position. Concepts are explained through lessons, game studies, and videos. Games against increasingly difficult bots cap every chapter, culminating with a final game against your instructor.

This course helps develop your concentration, logic, decision-making, planning, and self-discipline, and is designed for students with sound knowledge of the rules of chess and some knowledge of basic tactical and strategic ideas. 

Game Play:
Early fall, winter, mid-summer: Monday 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Late fall, spring, early summer: Monday 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Instructor led sessions to be determined at the start of the course.

Time Commitment: 4-8 hours per week (1 hour class time, 2 hours optional meetings, 3-5 hours independent work).

Important Dates
Registration for Winter Session Closes

Classes

Register for an Online course by selecting an open class below. If no open classes are listed, then course enrollment is currently closed. Note: You will need to have an active CTY Account to complete registration through MyCTY.

Winter

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12 weeks
$900

Spring

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12 weeks
$900

Summer

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12 weeks
$900
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12 weeks
$900

Testing and Prerequisites

  Math Verbal
Required Level CTY-Level or CTY-Level
Check your eligibility using existing test scores If you do not have existing test scores:

Students must achieve qualifying scores on an advanced assessment to be eligible for CTY programs. If you don’t have qualifying scores, you have several different testing options. We’ll help you find the right option for your situation.

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Course Prerequisites

Intermediate Chess requires:

1 prerequisite

Want to find out if you’re ready to take Intermediate Chess? Test your skill level by playing against the CTY Bluejay. (Leave your name and ID fields blank.) If you win several rounds, you’re ready for Intermediate Chess. If not, our Introduction to Chess course can help you review concepts and get extra practice.

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Cost and Financial Aid

  • Tuition
    • Varies
  • Application fee
    • Nonrefundable Application Fee - $15 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
    • Nonrefundable International Fee - $20 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available

We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.

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Course Materials

Please acquire all course materials by the course start date. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact ctyinfo@jhu.edu.
 

  • We recommend that you have a real chessboard to play and practice on at home.

Technical Requirements

This course requires a computer with high-speed Internet access and an up-to-date web browser such as Chrome or Firefox. You must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

This course uses a virtual classroom for instructor-student communication. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client, and on tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Recorded meetings can only be viewed on a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both free to download.

Terms & Conditions

Students may interact in online classrooms and meetings that include peers, instructors, and occasional special guests.

Virtual class meetings may be recorded for students to review.

You will need to create an account on a third-party site to access course resources.

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Our online Mathematics courses—spanning elementary through college-level curricula—cover a wide range of topics, from algebra and geometry to chess, cryptology, and AP Calculus and are guided by expert instructors. You’ll join group sessions with classmates to ensure you stay on track with challenging course content. Whether you’re looking for pure math fun and enrichment, to move up the math ladder and advance your honors and AP (and beyond) academic standing, or to train for mathematics competitions, there’s a CTY course that’s right for you.

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