New Players, Welcome to Bay Area Chess, Online!
With over 100 Broadcasts per week, we bring quality Online instruction to the Bay Area and Beyond!
No recordings; we are 100% live. No Webinars; we are 100% Interactive.
This page is dedicated to Absolute Beginners (Brand new players, or Level-1 students). If you are looking for Course options for more experienced Players (Levels 2-5), please visit our main page for 2021 Course Options
Looking for a Level 1 Course?
Our next Level 1 Online Term Courses will be in January, 2021!
Bay Area Chess is hosting 1 hour distance learning courses via Zoom, and in partnership with www.Chesskid.com, to provide every registered student with a free $49 value 1-Year gold membership account where students will have 24/7 access to unlimited games, extra lessons, puzzles, and to serve as a platform for students to play classmates and others across the nation. Classes will utilize Zoom-Breakout to optimize learning groups with our low coach ratio for 100% live and interactive courses, so all levels are welcome! You will not need any materials, everything is provided online. After one "Smart&Light" Level 1 Course, your player will be ready to join us for Level 2 courses!
Level 1 - Absolute Beginners: For BRAND NEW players only; still learning the pieces and unable to checkmate.
Topics can include: Piece names/movement, starting position, turn-sequence, piece values, special rules, general board competencies and checks/checkmates. Combine with the first 10 animated lessons on your ChessKid account for optimal development and support!
BAC's experienced coaches are are able to track all progress and give assessments based on Chesskid.com performance and scores!
Each Link will take you directly to a Course page with the Schedule and more information. Upcoming Level 1 Classes:
Track B (9 sessions) 1/22 - 3/19 : Fridays at 2PM (pst)
Track A (5 sessions) 2/10 - 3/10 : Wednesdays at 2PM (pst)
Track A (5 sessions) 2/11 - 3/11 : Thursdays at 4PM (pst)
President's Day 3-Hour Chess Camp (1 session). Our 3-Hour Camps (called "pools") are often for levels 2-4, but the 2/15 Camp from 10am-1pm welcomes Level 1 "Brand New" students to join us as well!! See all Camps Here.
New users: Information about your ChessKid Membership will be emailed 1-4 days before Course starts. You will be added to our BAC general Club with nearly 3000 other active members!
Zoom: The orientation for the class (containing the Schedule and Zoom Link) are emailed to you roughly 24 hours before the Course starts.
* Hotmail.com users: Our Links often end up in your Spam Folder, please check there before emailing!
More BAC Online Course FAQ Here.