DSM Chess Classes

Sunday - Ankeny

New to Chess 10:00am - 10:50am


This class is intended for kids who have very little to no chess experience and is intended to introduce them to piece movement and the rules of the game. We work on mastering the basics of chess while helping students learn focus, sportsmanship and respect for their opponents. We help students understand that losing is an opportunity to learn. Players may graduate from this class into the Beginner class once they have the ability to play complete games of chess and have an understanding of the unique rules. Players will be provided with a Gold Chesskid.com membership ($) which will allow them to work on their skills at home, along with a workbook. Register Here




Beginner Chess 11:00am - 11:50am


The beginner course is for players who have little chess experience but understand the basic rules of the game (ex. Piece Movement, Check and Checkmate). In the course they will learn

  • Opening Principles
  • Tactics
  • Middlegame Planning
  • Endgame Strategy

This class will help beginning chess players understand the goals and strategy of the game, so they can make moves with purpose. If they do not already have an account, we will provide a Gold ChessKid.com membership for each student, and a workbook.

Register Here




Advanced Chess 12:00pm - 12:50pm


The class covers concepts to help players analyze positions and utilize advanced strategies. We will focus on getting beyond one move hopeful attacks or mindlessly trading pieces and will work on making moves to gain long term positional advantages. Chess positions have many subtle indicators for players to identify that novice players will not recognize. This class teachers these subtleties and how players can use them to create a concrete plan. This course is for intermediate players who know basic checkmates and opening principles. Minimum US Chess rating of 800 or Instructor Approval required. Register Here




Opening Course 1:00pm - 2:45pm


This class is designed to give players a crash course on the most exciting and well-known openings in chess. The openings featured are specifically designed to provide an understanding of tactics, positional imbalances, initiative, piece activity, defense, combinations, counter-play, and mating patterns. Register Here





Monday - West Des Moines

50% OFF! Beginner Chess 4:00pm - 4:50pm


The beginner course is for players who have little to no chess experience. In the course they will learn unique rules of the game, basic checkmates, avoiding stalemate, basic tactics, general opening principles, and capturing hanging pieces. This class will help beginning chess players understand the goals and strategy of the game, so they can make moves with purpose. Register Here




Opening Course 5:00pm - 6:45pm


This class is designed to give players a crash course on the most exciting and well-known openings in chess. The openings featured are specifically designed to provide an understanding of tactics, positional imbalances, initiative, piece activity, defense, combinations, counter-play, and mating patterns. Register Here




50% OFF! Bughouse Class 7:00 - 8:30pm


Bughouse (Team Chess) is quite possibly the most popular chess variant in the world. You'll see it being played -- especially by children during side events at any major tournament. Bughouse is a game played by two teams of two players each. Bughouse is traditionally played with blitz time controls, with each player having five minutes or less to make their moves. The rules of bughouse are quite simple, but the strategies and tactics are perhaps even more complex than in standard chess. The rules make bughouse a fast and furious game filled with exciting combinations and amazing mates. A player can quickly turn a game around, or checkmate a seemingly "safe" king. While you'll never get to place a piece on the board in the middle of a real chess game, the patterns and tactics that arise in bughouse can help develop your chess vision and creativity. Register Here





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