Here's a program designed to improve the participation of our young players in the[masked] Virginia Scholastic & College Championship slated to be held March 8-10 in Longwood University, in Farmville, VA. The program, starting this January 26 will run for five weeks with a tounament on March 2 for all its participants, in preparation for the championship a week ahead. Be at our center at 44927 George Washington Blvd, Suite 120, Ashburn, VA 20147 to participate.
About four years ago, we help out in training Stone Bridge students to join their first state championship, and this batch of erstwhile untrained students placed third in the high school championship, performing much better than some schools who have been competing in the state tourney for a longer time. From then on Stone Bridge had placed well in the championship. This is an opportunity for students to start a winning tradition, and we have nonetheless FM Paolo del Mundo conducting the preparation.
FIDE Master Anton Paolo del Mundo, the highest-rated player in Ashburn Chess Club and once U.S. Open co-champion,will hold the “State Chess Championship Preparation” for beginners and beyond, rated from 0 to 1200. The unique class is a 5-week special course in the Road to Mastery program in anticipation of the state championship. The class objective is to enable players to play competitively in tournaments such as the state championships. The course prepares the casual chess player in tournament preparation, elevating basic skills to compete against higher-rated players. The course focuses on understanding important chess patterns which allows the player to learn great tactical skills and positional play. The class is two hours per week. The first hour is a lecture on theoretical concepts as well as practical play. The second hour is actual play with analysis from the master. The class is at 4-6 p.m. every Saturday starting on January 26 and a supervised tournament on March 2 with an analysis from the master. FM Paolo del Mundo would also conduct a 5 lecture series involving players > 1500 in rating up to 2200 at 5 p.m-6 p.m. Since this class will involve a few students, it will be limited to one hour. This will deal with participant’s development of style, appreciation of their openings, and strategical play.
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