|Neel Apte and Daniel Liu with Coach Fpawn at 2009 CalChess Scholastics.|
The beginning of each academic year gives students time to review their personal goals for chess lessons. The following list appears at my teaching website: www.fpawn.com.
- Become a more confident chess player!
- Critique your games for mistakes and improvements.
- Develop the necessary patience to carefully consider the consequences of every move played during a chess game.
- Improve pattern recognition and understanding of tactics.
- Learn positional and strategic concepts, such as tempo, space, pawn structures, weaknesses, good/bad pieces, and threats.
- Apply standard opening rules and develop an opening repertoire.
- Understand the theory of common endgames.
- Cope with psychological pressures caused by different game situations, such as a winning or losing position.
- Prepare for tournaments or even specific opponents.
- Have fun!