Fall Courses Available

If you are you looking improve your chess, you’ve come to the right spot.  We have classes available to club members and to the general public. We offer junior sections (e.g. K-12) and general audience (e.g. all ages) sections.

  • Where: Online or in-person
  • Format: 6 x 1-hour, classroom sessions
  • Cost: Free for PCC members

Our Beginner class will provide the student with a better idea of what to aim for when they play. Basic goals, fundamental concepts, simple tactics and techniques are the focus. Carefully selected positions are introduced, and students are prompted to work through the tactics in class. Our beginner classes are free for members who are unrated or rated U1000. They are recommended for members with ratings between 0-600 or who have not played before.

  • Where: Online or in-person
  • Format: 6 x 1-hour, classroom sessions
  • Cost: Free for PCC members

Solving short problems, improving endgame skills, ability to visualize ahead, and analyze positions. Discussion of strategic principles and an introduction to commonly played openings along with the ideas behind them are the main topics in this class. Carefully selected positions are introduced, and students are prompted to work through the tactics in class. Our advanced beginner classes are free for members who are unrated or rated U1000. They are recommended for members with ratings between 500-1000 or who have completed a Beginner course.

Intermediate Game Analysis

  • When: 
    • Fridays, Oct. 22 – Nov. 19, Dec. 10
  • Where: In-person
  • Format: 6 x 1-hour, classroom sessions
  • Cost: $40 for PCC members

During our intermediate game analysis sessions, instructors will go through games collected from students to reveal analysis insights, discover inaccuracies, promote new ideas, and offer strategy. Students must have at least a USCF rating above 1000 in order to register.

  • Instructor: GM Bryan Smith
  • When: Wednesday’s, Sept. 15 – Oct. 20
  • Where: In-person at the club
  • Cost: $60 for PCC members, $70 for non-PCC members

Our Advanced Course is recommended for anyone who has  a US Chess rating between higher than 1200. This class will focus on many advanced topics, including propylaxis, structures, plans, and classical games. We only offer this course in one section, General Audience for all ages. This course lasts 6 weeks, each week offering a 1-hour, in-person lesson from Bryan Smith.

Bryan was on the national champion UMBC chess team from 1999 to 2001, and earned his grandmaster title from FIDE in 2013. He is the first-ever GM from Alaska! Bryan took 1st place in the 2008/2009/2017 National Chess Congress, 2010 Philadelphia International, 2013 Ohio Chess Congress, 2013 Eastern Open, 2017/2018/2019 Pittsburgh Open, and 2021 Golden Triangle Open.