Come join your community in the mind-stimulating game of chess!  Two 8 week tracks for all skill levels and ages. Cohorts #3 and 4 are now available for registration.

Cohort #3 – Beginners Track
April 20th – June 10th

Week One: Intro to Chess
Week Two: Chess Basics
Week Three: Fun and Trivia
Week Four: Chess Scholastics
Week Five: Chess Openings
Week Six: Chess Endgames
Week Seven: Tournament Prep
Week Eight: LAFI Chess Tournament and Award Ceremony

Cohort #4 – Intermediate /Advanced Track
June 15th – August 5th

Week One: Strategy and Tactics
Week Two: Chess Scholastics
Week Three: Opening Theory
Week Four: Middle-game Theory
Week Five: Endgame Theory
Week Six: Strategy Tactics II
Week Seven: Tournament Prep
Week Eight: LAFI Chess Tournament and Award Ceremony

 

Cohort #3 and 4 dates are April 20th – August 5th, 2021
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Only $100 per Track

Meet our Chess Coach

Mr. Okhomina (Mr. O) is a licensed DC attorney, educator, and competitive chess enthusiast. Mr. O grew up in Prince George’s County and has over 25 years of experience playing and teaching chess, in the DMV area and internationally. Mr. O also holds a Master’s degree in Education and has extensive experience teaching learners of all ages.

7 Interesting Chess Facts

  1. Initially, the Queen could only move one square at a time, diagonally.  Later, she could move two squares at a time, diagonally.  It wasn’t until Reconquista Spain, with its powerful.  Queen Isabella, that the Queen became the strongest piece on the board.
  2. The number of possibilities of a Knight’s tour is over 122 million.
  3. During World War II, some of the top Chess players were also code breakers. British Chess Masters Harry Golombek, Stuart Milner-Barry, and H.O’D. Alexander were on the team that deciphered the Nazi Enigma code.
  4. The word “Checkmate” in Chess comes from the Persian phrase  “Shah Mat,” which means “the King is dead.”
  5. The longest chess game theoretically possible is 5,949 moves.
  6. A computer called DeepThought became the first computer to beat an international grandmaster in November 1988, Long Beach, California.
  7. The folding chessboard was invented by a priest who was forbidden to play chess. The priest found a way around it by making a folding chessboard. When folded together and put on a bookshelf, it simply looks like two books

Got Questions?

Please contact LaMont Geddis our Program Director at programdirector@thelafi.org.