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ADZTH4: Marvellous Chess Classes - Thursdays online

  • June 15, 2023
  • July 06, 2023
  • 4 sessions
  • June 15, 2023, 7:00 PM 8:30 PM (EDT)
  • June 22, 2023, 7:00 PM 8:30 PM (EDT)
  • June 29, 2023, 7:00 PM 8:30 PM (EDT)
  • July 06, 2023, 7:00 PM 8:30 PM (EDT)
  • Online Zoom Class (link will be emailed)


  • 4-Class Bundle of Marvellous Chess Classes with no ACC member discount, incl HST
  • 4-Class Bundle of Marvellous Chess Classes - 20% ACC Member discount, incl HST
  • One Marvellous Chess Class (1.5 hrs) with no ACC Member discount, incl HST
  • One Marvellous Chess Class (1.5 hrs) - 20% ACC discount, incl HST
  • Special Entry for ACC Board Members


Marvellous Chess Classes - Thursday eve's of Marvellous Chess

In this series of Marvellous Chess Classes, FM Michael Humphreys teaches  an impressive 90-minute exploration of three specific chess topics each week that are sure to bolster your practical chess repertoire.

Instructor's Avatar: FM Michael Humphreys

To us, Marvellous Chess means targeted chess instruction that:

  • is practical and useful, yet inspiring and creative for tournament players;
  • is easy to quickly add to your Monday night tournament-play repertoire;
  • you choose in order to meet your specific needs and interests; and
  • you take less frequently, thereby lowering both your time and overall financial commitment.

Here are the three topics that we will cover in Marvellous Chess, Session #1 on Thursday, June 15, at 7:00 PM:

1. Techniques for Fighting Open Files

The importance of fighting for control over open files is widely understood.  What's frequently lacking in the games of club players however, is a systematized assortment of tools for making the optimal use of them.  In this lesson we'll examine when to exchange rooks, when not to, the importance of the outpost, and the "forepost" (a term coined by GM Efstratios Grivas), and how to ensure domination of the open file before it's even created.

2. Yifan vs Karpov

The best examples of fighting for control over open files disproportionately occur from the games of Anatoly Karpov, and this 2010 game against Hou Yifan is one of the best of them all.  In this masterpiece, Karpov implements nearly all of the themes covered earlier.

3. Black is OK!

    Grandmaster Andras Adorjan passed away recently at the age of 73. As well as being the former Hungarian Champion, Adorjan is best known as the author of the books "Black is OK!", "Black is Still OK!", and "Black is Okay Forever!".  In this lesson, we'll review some of the most important take-aways from these books.

    You can learn more about our Marvellous Chess series of classes here.

    Discounted pricing applies to both ACC Members and Non-Members.

    A Zoom link will be provided after registration.


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