New ACC Advanced Classes

This fall has some exciting new advanced classes for ACC students being taught by FM Michael Humphreys. Players who attend Michael’s courses really appreciate his insights and ability to clearly explain both overall concepts and relevant details.

FM Michael Humphreys

(Note: Due to the birth of his child, Michael Humphrey’s Fall 2022 in-person advanced classes will be initially covered by David Filipovich. David’s Fall 2022 intermediate classes will be covered by another CIC Instructor TBD.)

DON’T MISS THESE SUPERB ADVANCED CHESS CLASSES FOR BOTH KIDS AND ADULTS!

A) In-Person Kids’ Course: “Useful Topics”

Duration: Monday nights at ACC—Sep 12 to Nov 14, 2022; 6:00 – 7:15 PM (1.25 hrs. per class)

Course Outline:

  • Week #1 (Sep 12) – Advanced Calculation Techniques
  • Week #2 (Sep 19) – Anderssen’s Rule
  • Week #3 (Sep 26) – Breaking Fortresses
  • Week #4 (Oct 3) – From the Opening to the Endgame
  • Week #5 (Oct 24) – Fighting for Open Files, Part One
  • Week #6 (Nov 7) – Fighting for Open Files, Part Two
  • Week #7 (Nov 14) – Evaluation and Review

Description: This advanced class for kids is meant for those students who already have experience playing in tournaments. Although advanced, this course will appeal to students with a wide range of abilities.

Parents should consider enrolling their kids in these advanced classes and then allowing them to participate right afterwards in our weekly tournament.

Student Survey #1 – Parents/Kids

COMPLETE BEFORE REGISTERING: Here is a link to a Student Survey for ACC’s advanced in-person Kids Class for Fall 2022. Please complete this survey before registering. The information you provide will help the Instructor better understand each student’s chess skills level.



B) In-Person Adult Course: “Technical Endgames”

Duration: Monday nights at ACC—Sep 12 to Nov 14, 2022; 7:30 – 9:00 PM (1.5 hrs. per class)

Course Outline:

  • Week #1 (Sep 12) – Introduction to Endgame Thinking
  • Week #2 (Sep 19) – The Order of Operations in the Endgame
  • Week #3 (Sep 26) – The Rule of Efficiency in the Endgame
  • Week #4 (Oct 3) – Pawn Play in the Endgame
  • Week #5 (Oct 24) – Space Advantage in the Endgame
  • Week #6 (Nov 7) – Preserving Winning Potential
  • Week #7 (Nov 14) – Putting It All Together

Description:

Introductory Comments: This course is very important for many Club players. In fact, we recommend that some players should consider taking a hiatus from playing in our weekly tournaments to focus on improving their endgame play. In our view, a personal investment in learning technical endgames may lead to significantly improved ratings in the medium term of 3-6 months.

We will be polling our adult members to see if there is any interest in moving some of these advanced in-person classes at ACC to another evening (e.g. Wednesdays). This would allow players to continue playing in the weekly tournaments with less interruption.

Instructor’s Comments: Acquiring such endgame technique is of immense practical value. Technical endgames occur far more frequently in practice than their theoretical counterpart. The skills connected with them are also more transferable and reproducible—so the knowledge you gain by studying one such ending will be more likely to help you in the future. Capablanca gained a reputation as being an unbeatable chess machine primarily because of his superior endgame technique.

In this new 7-week course, we will explore the topic of “Technical Endgames.” Unlike theoretical endgames—which require a detailed knowledge of key positions—learning technical endgames (as the name implies) really means “learning endgame principles.”

Despite being of such vital importance, the technical phase of the endgame has still been neglected in modern chess culture. There are noteworthy books such as “Endgame Strategy” by Mikhail Shereshevsky and “Excelling at Technical Chess” by Jacob Aagaard, but even these books have a major downside, which is that they are aimed at players rated 2000+ and leave the majority of club players to their own devices.

FM Michael Humphreys aims to reduce this barrier to entry, making the subject accessible to club players with comparatively little endgame experience. The knowledge presented in this class will be further solidified with carefully selected games and challenges.

Student Survey #2 – Adults

COMPLETE BEFORE REGISTERING: Here is a link to a Student Survey for ACC’s advanced in-person Adult Class for Fall 2022. Please complete this survey before registering. The information you provide will help the Instructor better understand each student’s chess skills level.


C) Online Adult Course: “Nimzo-Indian Defence”

Duration: Thursday nights (via Zoom) —Sept 15 to Nov 10, 2022; 7:30 – 8:30 PM (1.0 hrs. per class)

Course Outline:

Week #1 (Sep 15) – … 4.a3
Week #2 (Sep 22) – … 4.f3
Week #3 (Sep 29) – … 4.e3
Week #4 (Oct 6) – … 4.Qc2
Week #5 (Oct 27) – … 4.Nf3/4.g3
Week #6 (Nov 10) – Sidelines

Description: According to Wikipedia, the Nimzo-Indian Opening is a highly respected defence to 1.d4. It has been played by every world champion since Capablanca. The initial move order is:

  1. d4 Nf6
  2. c4 e6
  3. Nc3 Bb4

This is considered to be a hypermodern opening and was developed by Aaron Nimzovich in the early 20th century. The opening is an excellent choice to add to a player’s expanding opening repertoire. This course is the Instructor’s response to the many requests he receives to explain the subtleties of the Nimzo-Indian opening.




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