· Watch Red and Black level videos on MuskegoChess.blogspot.com
· Practice tactics on ChessTempo.com
· Study Master games
· Choose a style of Play and at Least 2 openings for White and 2 openings for Black
· Play online chess on Chess.com
· Play in Tournaments!
· Win 4 games in a 6-game tournament, or 3.5 in a 5-game tournament
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
RED Division - Strong Tournament Player
RED Division players are strong for their grade level. Note that a Blue division player who is in 8th grade could be better than a Red division player in 2nd grade! These levels are somewhat relative to a child's age.
· Must attend MNSD
· Must be well behaved
· Blue Division Player
· Must have won 4 games in a 6 game tournament, or 3.5 games in a 5 game tournament OR have "tested into" the RED Division as approved by Mr. Seghers.
· Must Demonstrate knowledge of:
o Intermediate Tactics
o King and Pawn Endgames
o Concept of Planning
o Who is the World Champion?
o Who was the only American World Champion?
o Who was the first World Champion?
While a Red Division player, a Student should learn:
· Advanced Tactics
· Overkill Checkmate
o K+2B vs K
· Intermediate K+P Endgames
o Fox in the Chicken Coup
o Deep Freeze
· Minor Piece Endgames
o Minor Piece vs a Lone Pawn
o Exploiting a large material advantage
o Space Advantage
o Basic Pawn Structure
§ Pawn Islands
§ Isolated Pawn
§ Doubled Pawn
o Importance of the Center
o Attacking the King
§ Open H File
§ Cracking open a Fianchetto
· Memorize One Classical Game Unique to the Player
o Must be able to explain moves and relevant sidelines
o Must be able to explain who each player is
Outside of Class, a Red Division player should: