Canterbury Chess Club provides coaching courses with experienced coaches. These courses are held at our clubrooms.

We have a structured curriculum designed by Craig Hall, an experienced arbiter (referee/umpire) and trainer accredited by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) that we plan our lessons around. There will also be time for practice games at the end.

We offer courses for children aged 8-15 on Mondays from 7pm to 8:15pm, Thursdays from 4:30pm to 5:45pm and Fridays from 7 to 8:15pm during school terms. Note that lessons are not held on the first or last day of term or public holidays (so courses are usually 8-9 lessons).

Courses run for 1 term and there are 4 courses in total. Between them, these cover essential knowledge and some more advanced concepts and strategies for competitive play e.g. at a club, tournament or interschool event. Course descriptions:

They are designed so that between them, students develop from beginners to being ready for competitive chess in clubs and tournaments. Experience tells us that students who know the material covered by the Essentials courses will do well in interschool competitions and other competitions of that level, and completion of the intermediate and advanced courses prepares students for reasonable success in stronger junior and open tournaments (NB: individual results will vary). Once students have completed the 4th course, they have effectively graduated and are ready to move onto private tuition.

It is highly recommended that students, apart those enrolled in Essentials - beginners, play in at least 1 tournament per term as practise is a highly important part of any coaching. The Canterbury Junior Sunday Series sponsored by chess ventures is one option, or we also organise some Open Tournaments (students/parents should check with the coach of their course).

Monday 5:30pm Course

Monday 7pm Course

Thursday 4:30pm Course

Friday 7pm Course

Please note that students under 13 must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver for the evening.

We also offer occasional shorter courses on various topics for students aged 11+. Details of these will be added here and posted to our Facebook page - please check back here occasionally or follow us there.

Minimum number of 4 students, maximum of 12 students per course.

We provide all the equipment.

For queries, please contact Craig Hall:

021 1289543