The Comprehensive Course for the Tournament Player 

This course has been designed by one of the best and most successful trainers in the country, International Master Vishal Sareen exclusively for Bangalore Chess Academy. The course will deliver all the structured material / knowledge / support required for the talented youngsters to succeed in the tournament scene and set them on course to mastery of the game at a very high level.

Based on the training methods which have produced some of the top Indian talents like Grandmasters Abhijeet Gupta, Parimarjan Negi, Tania Sachdev and Sahej Grover and many more..

 Enrollments open now!

The course is available for students attending classroom training and also can be delivered online /Offline. 

Module 1 : Foundation Course 

Duration of the Course: Nine Months (30-45 Classes).

As the name suggests, this course is for absolute beginners. Under this, all the basics are taught to the students as under:

1. Introduction to the Chess Board
2. Arranging the Board
3. Introduction to pieces
4. Value of pieces
5. How they move
6. Capture and defense
7. Pawn Promotion
8. Check Mate/Stalemate
9. Simple One movers
10.Basic checkmates with all pieces
11.Chess language – Fork/Pin/Zugzwang/Double Check/Double Attack etc.

Objectives: The Child will be able to play a full game of chess knowing all the rules of the game. Will start to calculate moves, will be able to foresee checkmates. To sum it up, he/she will be ready to take part in a chess tournament. 
A Student will approximately cover around 1000 basic chess positions during this course. About 45-60 minutes self-study a day will be required. The basics will be taught in the class and the training material will be sent by mail.

Students completing the course will qualify to enroll for the "Intermediate Course"


Module 2 - Intermediate Course (1 year)

This course prepares the students for the next level – FIDE Rating. The structure of the course is as under:

1. Endgames:

King and pawns endgame: Opposition/Triangulation/Related themes

Basic King and Pawn endings/Rook endings/Knight Endings/Same colour Bishop and Opposite colour bishop endings

2. Middle game techniques: Tactics/ Strategy/Manouvres/Weak Squares/Outposts

3. Basic opening ideas

4. Evaluation of positions

5. Combinations

6. Chess Classics

Objective: This course is aimed to systematically develop the student to the level of attaining FIDE rating from 1000-1400. This is obviously the first step towards attaining greater success in chess. Under the course a student will be introduced to various chess themes related to Endgames and Middle-games. They will be taught chess history in brief. They will know about the concepts of developing positions, how the course of the game should be and will be introduced to modern chess masterpieces.

In addition, a basic opening repertoire will be made according to the needs of the student.

We will approximately cover around 3000 chess positions during this course. About 60 minutes self-study a day will be required. The basics will be taught in the class and the exercise and supporting material will be sent by mail.


Module 3 - Advanced course (Ongoing)

History of the game
Study of classics
Methods of opening preparation
The art of combinations
Advanced tactics( Decoy, Deflection, Destroying the defender, Overloaded piece, Passed pawn, Xray, Windmills, Zwischenzug, Smothered mate, Draw by repetetion and stalemete)
Elements of strategy
The technique of calculation
Tactical Methods (deflection, decoying, annihilation of defence, blockade, square clearance, interception, line clearance, mobility limitation, conquest of square)
The art of analysis
How to think in the middle game
Tournament preparation
Assessing a position
Prophylactic thinking
Practical tips on tournament play
Advice on tournament preparation
Working with databases and engines

Qualification: Players having an experience of participating in at least 10 FIDE rating tournaments or a FIDE rating of 1200 and above.

Objective: This course is for the serious player looking to develop his playing strength to around 1600-1800 FIDE and above. It is customized for each individual player and expects work of 1-2 hours on a daily basis. 

Students will be solving up to 5000 chess positions and will have an opening repertoire prepared taking into account individual strengths and weaknesses.