Grandmaster Alex Baburin, FIDE Senior Trainer
Since September 2020, we provide all our lessons online, with 45-minute lessons on Zoom. We gave 144 lessons in September-December 2020, receiving very favourable feedback. Below you can see details of our January-May 2021 programme. The current environment not only presents challenges, but creates opportunities too:
- Now most of our students can be taught be a Grandmaster
- Students from all over Ireland can take part in our classes
- We can better utilise the tools available on the Internet
Our Online Chess Classes in January – May 2021
This term will run for 16 weeks, starting on the 11th of January (Monday) and finishing on the 20th of May (Thursday). There will be no classes during the February mid-term (15-19 Feb) and Easter holidays (29 March – 9 April). It is possible to join the term after it has started, with fees adjusted accordingly.
The time slots are 15:15 to 16:00, 16:15 to 17:00 and 17:15 to 18:00. Classes will take place on each weekday, except Friday. These classes are for pupils aged from 7 to 13. The three different time slots correspond to three distinctive groups – ‘beginners’ (including complete beginners), ‘intermediate’ and ‘advanced’.
|15:15 – 16:00||16:15 – 17:00||17:15 – 18:00|
|Monday||CB + Beginners||Intermediate||Advanced|
|Tuesday||Intermediate||Advanced||CB + Beginners|
|Wednesday||CB + Beginners||Intermediate||Advanced|
|Thursday||Advanced||CB + Beginners||Intermediate|
The fee is €100 for one student, €160 for 2 siblings or €220 for 3 siblings. Note that a small surcharge will apply for a gold ChessKid membership (for online competition play) for those who are not already members – €20 for 6-month or €30 for a year. If your child does not find our lessons useful and/or engaging, you can receive the appropriate refund.
Payment can be made via EFT, Revolut, PayPal or credit card over the phone. When making payment, please make sure there is a clear reference – your child’s full name and your phone number – references like “chess” are too vague… It makes sense to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to inform me of the payment made.
To sign up to a particular class in this programme, fill out our Google form and we will contact you soon after receiving your form. Once a student signs up to a particular class, they will be given a Zoom link and a password. That information will stay the same for that class throughout the term. Lessons will not be recorded. Students should use their full names in their Zoom profile and have cameras on. Cameras can be turned off when needed, but as a default it should be on.
While there will be no playing chess during the classes, students will have ample opportunities to play online at www.chesskid.com as we run 2-3 online tournaments with prizes every week. We already have close to 200 members in our online club and expect this number to grow considerably in the near future.
If I cannot teach a class for any reason, another chess instructor will fill in. If a class cannot take place for any technical reason (i.e. problems with Zoom, etc), we will give that class at a later suitable date.
Over 170 students took part in our September-December 2020 term. This is what some of our students and parents had to say:
“it’s very exciting to learn chess with Grandmaster Baburin, I look forward to the class every week. My favourite part is solving puzzles with the other children in the class. I love creative thinking!” – Daniel Mahon, Wexford
“Thanks so much Alex for all your hard work transforming your chess club online, you have done a superb job! My 7 year old adores the club and has developed a real passion for chess over the last year! Clearly an enormous amount of hard work has gone on behind the scenes to transform the club. My son loves the virtual club meetings / tutorials and is growing in confidence because he is learning and practicing in a fun and inclusive environment with kids of comparable age and skill level. It is evident that each lesson is thought through in detail and the weekly / biweekly tournaments are the icing on the cake! Many thanks again.” – Emma Scott McGrane, Dublin.