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Hi, and welcome to Casual Chess! :) We're all about making chess fun, fast-paced, lively, creative and for everyone....with a focus on women and diversity. We offer lessons and courses aimed at getting more women into chess.

Upcoming events (5)

The Queen's Gambit: Chess Course for Women, Taught by Women

PLEASE BOOK HERE TO AUTOMATICALLY RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK TO YOUR PAYPAL EMAIL ADDRESS, THANK YOU: https://buytickets.at/thequeensgambitchesswomensonlinelessonsandhangouts

It is still possible to join this six week modular online course, running every Tuesday, which started on 13th July. The course is designed so each lesson stands alone, since many people are on vacation and have to miss some classes (plus, there's video catch up). Use the promo code BIGTWENTY to deduct the cost of the first class. :)

Each week, we start at 5:30pm UK time, with an optional additional weekly practice session, two socials, video catch up and written notes. You can enjoy everything we will learn, with any IQ or experience level - you do need to know how the chess pieces move. :)

Cool Chess Concepts for Women Beginners

This course is suitable for those who only know how the pieces move, up to around FIDE1400 (if you don't know what that is, this course is for you!)

These courses attract a lovely, supportive community of all kinds of women - it's an ideal forum to make friends. Each lesson is available on video catch up, in case you miss any, and there is an optional weekly practice session, and two optional social opportunities. Participants are also invited to a weekly, sociable 'chess and chat' session.

These courses support the work of the non-profit 'The Casual Chess Cafe', which has been working towards more equality and diversity in chess for the past six years.

Week 1: The Initiative: what is it in chess, how do you get it, what is it worth? Active versus passive play.

Week 2: Space, the final frontier. Not really...just like saying that. What is space on a chess board? How do you use it to your advantage? What to do if you haven't got any.

Week 3: Pawn Breaks are a cornerstone of positional chess. How do we know when to make one, or that the other person is planning to?

Week 4: The Minority Attack. How to use it in opposite-side and same-side castled positions, and endgame.

Week 5: Sacrificing The Exchange. When to do it and why, and how to defend against it.

Week 6: Course Review. How to bring all of our concepts together.

Feel free to message me here or email [masked] with any questions. If your question is 'Am I clever/knowledgeable enough to do this course?' then the answer is YES, YES, YES! :)

Please book here, thank you: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/thequeensgambitchesswomensonlinelessonsandhangouts/

The Queen's Gambit: Chess Course for Women, Taught by Women

PLEASE BOOK HERE TO AUTOMATICALLY RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK TO YOUR PAYPAL EMAIL ADDRESS, THANK YOU: https://buytickets.at/thequeensgambitchesswomensonlinelessonsandhangouts

It is still possible to join this six week modular online course, running every Tuesday, which started on 13th July. The course is designed so each lesson stands alone, since many people are on vacation and have to miss some classes (plus, there's video catch up). Use the promo code BIGTWENTY to deduct the cost of the first class. :)

Each week, we start at 5:30pm UK time, with an optional additional weekly practice session, two socials, video catch up and written notes. You can enjoy everything we will learn, with any IQ or experience level - you do need to know how the chess pieces move. :)

Cool Chess Concepts for Women Beginners

This course is suitable for those who only know how the pieces move, up to around FIDE1400 (if you don't know what that is, this course is for you!)

These courses attract a lovely, supportive community of all kinds of women - it's an ideal forum to make friends. Each lesson is available on video catch up, in case you miss any, and there is an optional weekly practice session, and two optional social opportunities. Participants are also invited to a weekly, sociable 'chess and chat' session.

These courses support the work of the non-profit 'The Casual Chess Cafe', which has been working towards more equality and diversity in chess for the past six years.

Week 1: The Initiative: what is it in chess, how do you get it, what is it worth? Active versus passive play.

Week 2: Space, the final frontier. Not really...just like saying that. What is space on a chess board? How do you use it to your advantage? What to do if you haven't got any.

Week 3: Pawn Breaks are a cornerstone of positional chess. How do we know when to make one, or that the other person is planning to?

Week 4: The Minority Attack. How to use it in opposite-side and same-side castled positions, and endgame.

Week 5: Sacrificing The Exchange. When to do it and why, and how to defend against it.

Week 6: Course Review. How to bring all of our concepts together.

Feel free to message me here or email [masked] with any questions. If your question is 'Am I clever/knowledgeable enough to do this course?' then the answer is YES, YES, YES! :)

Please book here, thank you: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/thequeensgambitchesswomensonlinelessonsandhangouts/

The Queen's Gambit: Chess Course for Women, Taught by Women

PLEASE BOOK HERE TO AUTOMATICALLY RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK TO YOUR PAYPAL EMAIL ADDRESS, THANK YOU: https://buytickets.at/thequeensgambitchesswomensonlinelessonsandhangouts

It is still possible to join this six week modular online course, running every Tuesday, which started on 13th July. The course is designed so each lesson stands alone, since many people are on vacation and have to miss some classes (plus, there's video catch up). Use the promo code BIGTWENTY to deduct the cost of the first class. :)

Each week, we start at 5:30pm UK time, with an optional additional weekly practice session, two socials, video catch up and written notes. You can enjoy everything we will learn, with any IQ or experience level - you do need to know how the chess pieces move. :)

Cool Chess Concepts for Women Beginners

This course is suitable for those who only know how the pieces move, up to around FIDE1400 (if you don't know what that is, this course is for you!)

These courses attract a lovely, supportive community of all kinds of women - it's an ideal forum to make friends. Each lesson is available on video catch up, in case you miss any, and there is an optional weekly practice session, and two optional social opportunities. Participants are also invited to a weekly, sociable 'chess and chat' session.

These courses support the work of the non-profit 'The Casual Chess Cafe', which has been working towards more equality and diversity in chess for the past six years.

Week 1: The Initiative: what is it in chess, how do you get it, what is it worth? Active versus passive play.

Week 2: Space, the final frontier. Not really...just like saying that. What is space on a chess board? How do you use it to your advantage? What to do if you haven't got any.

Week 3: Pawn Breaks are a cornerstone of positional chess. How do we know when to make one, or that the other person is planning to?

Week 4: The Minority Attack. How to use it in opposite-side and same-side castled positions, and endgame.

Week 5: Sacrificing The Exchange. When to do it and why, and how to defend against it.

Week 6: Course Review. How to bring all of our concepts together.

Feel free to message me here or email [masked] with any questions. If your question is 'Am I clever/knowledgeable enough to do this course?' then the answer is YES, YES, YES! :)

Please book here, thank you: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/thequeensgambitchesswomensonlinelessonsandhangouts/

Free Level 2 Almost-Beginners Chess Lesson for Women ONLINE

Join us for a free (donations please, if you can afford to), friendly lesson for almost beginners to chess, for women. We assume you know how the chess pieces move, but have no formal chess training. The lesson will take place on Zoom (free to use, no need to download).

After the lesson, there's a hang out at www.lichess.org for you to play other beginners. It's free to create an account, and there's no spam etc. Once you have a lichess account please request to join the Casual Chess team here - www.lichess.org/team/casual-chess IMPORTANT: please give your name as it is here on Meetup, in the join request.

Set up should take five minutes, and there are regular chess hangouts there five evenings per week. :)

The lesson will last 30 minutes, so please arrive on time. Thanks. :) Then we'll move to lichess to play some practice games there, for as long or short a time as you like.

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