After School Programs

CYCL teaches classes that are held immediately after dismissal at over 20 schools. Classes range from 50 to 90 minutes, depending on the school schedule and age of the students. Students learn, practice, play, do drills, and have fun! We have a complete curriculum. REGISTER TODAY!

What to Expect at CYCL’s Afterschool Chess Program

Students in CYCL’s afterschool program should expect to have a lot of fun while learning a ton about the royal game of chess.

Our afterschool programs are open to all levels of students in the Fall of each year. Very often, the Spring semester is reserved for returning players only in order to assure that the class can move more quickly. Every student receives their own lesson book and many also have supplemental checkmate packets.

Strategies that are taught by our coaches and reviewed in our first three Lesson Books (we currently have five Lesson Books) include:

  • Object of the game
  • Piece movement
  • Checkmate with two rooks
  • Castling & Development
  • Escaping Check
  • In-Your-Face & Back-Rank Checkmate Patterns
  • Draws
  • Chess Notation
  • Scholar’s Mate
  • Forks
  • King & Queen Checkmate
  • Pins and Discoveries
  • 1858 Famous Game – Morphy vs. The Duke & Count
  • Endgame Basics
  • Pawn Structure
  • King & Rook Checkmate
  • Opposition & Pawn Promotion
  • The Fried Liver Attack (opening plan)
  • 1851 Famous Game: Anderssen vs. Kizeritsky

Besides instruction, the kids enjoy playing games, both competitively (on our ladders or in practice tournaments) and casually (sometimes with a chess clock). Students also use the laptops to gain more practice, sometimes with a drill that has been setup by the coaches. CYCL brings in a variety of tools to help the students learn the game in a fun environment.

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