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Chess Novice
Class Size: 20
Age Requirement: 6 - 12
Teacher: Berkeley Chess School
Class Time: 10-10:50am
Class Room: C206
Tuition Fee: 450.00
Textbook Fee: 0.00
Material Fee: 0.00

Class Description

Duration: 30 weeks

Chess is fun and can be learned quickly and easily.  Studies have found that chess helps improve test results in reading, science, and math, and produces growth in critical cognitive skills.  Beyond academia, chess influences social behavior including self esteem, respect for others, patience, and good manners.  And did we mention it’s FUN!!

"The class will include a field trip to a Berkeley Chess School quad tournament which will be held in Walnut Creek on a Saturday, from 10:00-1:00, date to be announced. (BCS hold four quads per year in Walnut Creek.). Please check with the instrutor for details requirement and related fees that are charged by the BCS and U. S. Chess Federation"
The novice class is intended for students that have either never played before or are still learning basic fundamentals. During the class, students will be taught the rules of chess as well as the fundamentals. Important building block tactics such as forks and pins will be demonstrated. The 10 opening Principles will be emphasized.
The Berkerley Chess School's chess programs are designed for students of all ages. They prvide a rigourous training in chess while making the process fun, with skilled and engaging instructors and an eye toward personal growth.

The Berkeley Chess School is a non-profit organization offering chess instruction from kindergarten through high school for over 25 years.  It is an affiliate of the US Chess Federation.  Over the years our students have won many state championships and several have gone on to become National Masters, FIDE Masters, and International Masters.  For further information, please call us at (510) 843-0150, email us at, or visit our website at

Bill Skog is a wonderful Berkeley Chess School Instructor, who has been playing chess a competitively since the age of fifteen, during which time he also apprenticed with National Master Chris Desmairais. Bill's dynamic teaching style and great student-teacher rapport may be due, in part, to his past career as a radio talk show host in Boston, but he has been teaching chess professionally for more than five years.