Course Catalog

The Marshall is now offering online college-style courses! These courses typically meet once a week on a weeknight for five sessions. They are aimed at providing students with a wide range of study options—openings, strategy, endgames, tactics, and more—that they will not find elsewhere.

If you would like to enroll in one of the courses listed the next time it is offered, please email td@marshallchessclub.org.





STRATEGY COURSES


Calculation Class
Instructor: IM Raven Sturt
A four week class geared toward improving students' calculation.

Previous dates
5/12/2020 - 6/2/2020


Interesting Endgames
Instructor: IM Silas Esben Lund
A four week class geared toward improving endgame play. This cycle focuses on minor pieces.

Previous dates
5/7/2020 - 5/28/2020


Great Games Class (Parts I, II, III)
Instructor: IM Silas Esben Lund
Eight classes. Each week one game is analyzed, ranging from classics/instructional, modern/advanced, and computer games. Students will play through the game and answer eight handout questions as homework.

Previous dates
6/10/2020 - 7/29/2020
8/05/2020 - 9/23/2020
10/21/2020 - 12/16/2020
1/06/2021 - 2/24/2021


Pawn Structures (Parts I, II)
Instructor: FM Vincent Tsay
Each part is taught over five weeks. Each week students will learn plans to combat a common pawn structure, Part I: The isolani, hanging pawns, caro-kann, & stonewall. Part II: The Slav, Carlsbad, and Grunfeld.

Previous dates
5/29/2020 - 6/26/2020
7/17/2020 - 8/14/2020


Positional Concepts
Instructor: FM Vincent Tsay
A five week class. Each week students will learn how to put key positional concepts into practical play, including: prophylaxis, improving pieces, space advantages, and weak squares.

Previous dates
9/18/2020 - 10/16/2020


The Best Offense is a Good Defense
Instructor: GM Nikola Nestorovic
A five week class held. Grandmaster Nestorovic, the winner of back-to-back MCC round robins, will teach students how to defend worse positions. Using examples from real games, classes will focus on: the psychology of defense, turning around a bad situation, gaining a feel for counterattack, and understanding when the moment calls for passivity.

Previous dates
11/10/2020 - 12/08/2020


Intermediate Strategy Course (Parts I & II)
Instructor: WIM Tijana Blagojevic
WIM Blagojevic teaches a course on fundamental strategies for tournament players (rated ~1200-1900). Part I Classes focus on identifying critical squares, pawn play, making advantageous exchanges, principles in closed/open positions and more. Part II focuses on: improving pieces, prophylactic play, pawn structures, and more. (WIM Blagojevic won the bronze medal at the Girl's U18 World Championship in 2015.)

Previous dates
12/07/2020 - 1/04/2021
2/15/2021 - 3/15/2021


Positional & Dynamic Play
Instructor: GM Swapnil Dhopade & GM Shyam Sundar
Alternating sessions between positional (GM Swapnil) & dynamic (GM Shyam) play, students learn to spot the essential features of a position, how to exploit them, and develop the most effective plans. This class is an advanced class (1800+).

Previous dates
1/26/2021 - 2/09/2021


The Art of Exchange
Instructor: GM Nikola Nestorovic
Using examples from real games, Grandmaster Nestorovic teaches students when and how to go about trading pieces to gain an advantage in different types of positions. [This class is an advanced class geared for players 1800+.]

Previous dates
2/17/2021 - 3/17/2021




OPENINGS COURSES


French Defense
Instructor: NM Benjamin Katz
Students will learn the intricacies of this divisive opening, including the Winawer, Tarrasch, Advanced, and offbeat variations, as well as how to approach them with the white pieces. 

Previous dates
5/20/2020 - 6/17/2020


Catalan
Instructor: FM Andrei Zaremba
Improve your positional understanding while learning to put subtle and long-term pressure on your opponents with this underrated opening.

Previous dates
5/18/2020 - 6/15/2020


Modern Benoni
Instructor: NM Benjamin Katz
Students will learn one of the most aggressive ways that black can meet 1.d4. The Benoni has been played by many top players, including: Fischer, Kasparov, Gashimov, and Kramnik!

Previous dates
7/01/2020 - 7/29/2020


The Slav Defense
Instructor: FM Andrei Zaremba
Students will learn one of the most pragmatic & fighting defenses in chess. The focus will be on modern theory and middlegame ideas and plans.

Previous dates
7/26/2020 - 8/23/2020


Comprehensive Caro-Kann
Instructor: IM Alex Ostrovskiy
The goal of the class is to provide students a complete Caro-Kann repertoire with multiple suitable suggestions for all rating levels.

Previous dates
8/04/2020 - 9/01/2020


The Smith-Morra Gambit!
Instructor: NM Benjamin Katz
Learn to crush the Sicilian with the Smith-Morra Gambit! All major variations will be covered, including the Siberian Trap, Classical main line, Chicago Variation, the declined variations, as well as what to do against the Smith-Morra if you're a Sicilian player yourself.

Previous dates
8/12/2020 - 9/09/2020


D4! Attacking with London & Trompowsky
Instructor: IM Alex Ostrovskiy
The goal of the course is to give students a complete repertoire based on the London and Trompowsky systems. Students will learn a surprising and aggressive (but sound!) opening with 1. D4.

Previous dates
9/15/2020 - 10/13/2020


Play the Scotch!
Instructor: NM Ben Katz
A complete repertoire for 1. e4 e5 with white. The first three classes will focus on the Scotch game, focusing on the main lines used by Kasparov in his WCC matches with Karpov. The last two classes will address stubborn responses by black, such as the Petroff, Philidor, Latvian, and Elephant defenses.

Previous dates
10/26/2020 - 11/23/2020


Understanding the KID Class
Instructor: IM Silas Esben Lund
Students will learn the main setups in the classical KID, (King's Indian Defense) where black plays e7-e5 to challenge white's center: Mar Del Plata (Nc6-e7), Petrosian (Na6-c5), Old Main Line (Nd7), exchange variations, & more. Part II focuses on systems where Black plays c7-c5 to attack d4. This can lead to the Maroczy Bind, lines with Bg4. We will also look into Volga transpositions (after a later d4-d5, b7-b5) and Benoni systems (after a later e6xd5, e4xd5).

Previous dates
10/29/2020 - 12/03/2020
1/07/2021 - 2/04/2021