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PALS Online Lessons on Sundays from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Online registration for upcoming online lessons: 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9           


National Master and four-time, reigning Colorado State Chess Champion Lior Lapid offers high-quality, affordable, and fun chess lessons via Zoom, allowing students to interact with Lior via live video while learning together on a shared chessboard in a virtual classroom environment.  Online lessons can be even better than in-person lessons for a number of reasons:

Advantages of online lessons:

  • High quality lessons that are highly affordable, with rates starting at just $12.50 per hour for four prepaid lessons. Each lesson lasts one hour.
  • Instructional teaching positions are pre-loaded, so it is faster to move seamlessly from one position to another (and back) with a simple mouseclick rather then setting up the pieces each time. Resetting to the starting position also takes no more than a second. Over the course of many lessons a significant amount of time is saved for teaching rather than setup.
  • Positions and audio files are recorded and available via e-mail, allowing students (and parents!) to replay and relearn the material at their own pace. In this way it’s easy to rewind and fast-forward lessons as needed.
  • Online chess boards have options to quickly highlight key pieces, squares and diagonals to emphasize the most important ideas.
  • It is easy to set up and display multiple boards simultaneously, giving students the option to solve many “Chessersizes” at their own pace. With in-person group lessons, by contrast, it takes longer as all students need to understand a given position before any student can move on to the next one.
  • Students learn chess notation more quickly, since each move is automatically recorded in the notation pane. Taking notation is a requirement in many tournaments and it is the only way to save one’s own games for future analysis and improvement.
  • Online classes are organized by skill level, so students will learn alongside peers with a similar level of strength and experience
  • It doesn’t take long to get used to the online graphical interface, a useful skill in itself since many similar chess diagrams appear in chess books, homework exercises, etc.
  • No commute time — lessons from the comfort of your own home!  All that’s needed is a computer and webcam.
  • Students will meet new chess buddies around their level whom they can arrange to train with in person or online.
  • Games and instructive ideas can be easily saved into a computer chess database for future use.