FIDE Master Anton Paolo del Mundo, the highest-rated player in Ashburn Chess Club and U.S. Open co-champion, holds a “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 from March 8-10. 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.

Other classes in the Road to Mastery program is the ten sessions’ beginners class for players rated 0-600 which deals with fundamentals of playing chess to be conducted by Scott Knoke starting February 1, and intermediate/advanced class for players who have attended previous Road to Mastery classes up to 1600 in rating. This will be conducted by Raymond Duchesne in ten sessions every Tuesday at 7 p.m starting February 5. The course deals with advanced topics on middle game and end game, including analysis of tournament games of participants.

Schedule of classes are as follows:

FM Paolo del Mundo
Beginners/Advanced Beginners 0-1200 in rating: every Saturday 4-6 p.m. January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, with March 2 as tournament.

Advanced Players Lecture Series: 5-6 p.m. every Saturday, 1500-2100 in rating, January 26, February 2, 9, 16 and 23.

Scott Knoke
Beginners’ Class, every Friday 6 p.m.-8 p.m. February 1, 8, 16, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5

Raymond Duchesne
Intermediate/Advanced Players, every Tuesday 7 p.m.-9 p.m. , February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9.

Name of Player
Rating, if any