Mrs. Geetanjali (Anjali) Soni

Phone: 512-633-4606


  • Recommended Austin area chess instructor

  • Certified United States Chess Federation (USCF) Tournament Director

  • Certified Texas Elementary Teacher

Chess Game


Nine Points Chess Program

Early Beginners (age 4-6)
Understanding Online Chessboard, Chessboard Coordinates, Chess Vocabulary, Name the Chess Pieces and their Spelling, Make your own Chessboard, Board Setup, Chess Piece Value, The Pawn, The Knight, The Rook, The Bishop, The Queen, The King, The Pawn Game, Piece Movement, Legal vs. Illegal Moves and Positions, Quizzes and Regular Homework assessments.

Beginners (age 6-12)
Basics of the Chess Game, History of Chess, World Champions, Chess Coordinates, and Vocabulary, Setting up the Board, Movement of Chess Pieces and their Piece Value, Purpose of the game: Checkmate. Attacking & Capturing, Overview of the Phases of the chess game: The Opening, the Middlegame, and the Endgame, Special Moves, En passant, Castling & Artificial Castling, Check and Checkmate, Helper Checkmate, Escaping from Check, Pawn Promotion, Pawn Underpromotion, Checkmate in two moves (Fools mate), Checkmate in three moves, Checkmate in four moves (Scholar’s mate), Touch Move Rule. Standard International Chess Notation, Rules to remember, Chess Etiquette, Patience, Attention/focus, Concentration, Confidence, Learning Commitment, Consequences, Cooperative behavior, Process of decision making, How to Plan and Sportsmanship. Regular Homework Assessment.  

Intermediate 1 – Strategy (age 6-12)
A Strategy is a Plan or Idea. Learn the Overall Scheme of the Chess Game: Opening Principles, Middle Game Strategy, End Game Strategy, Reading and Writing International Algebraic Chess Notation, How to Plan, Pawn Structure, Strong and Weak Pawns, Ways to Win, and Six ways to Draw a Game, Understanding Stalemate When to give a Check When not to Castle, Attacking the Castled King and How to prevent your opponent from Castling When to Trade, Create an Attack, Profitable Exchange, Attacking and Defending, Three ways to get out of Check, Notate Checkmate in One and Two Moves, Quizzes & Puzzles, Intermediate Strategy Assessment. Online Internal Tournament Rules, Regular Homework assessment.  

Intermediate 2 - Tactics (age 6-13)
Chess Tactics is a Short Sequence of Moves, The Fork, The Pin, The Skewer, Discovered Attack, X-Ray, Discovery, Double Attack, Decoy, Zwischenzug, Interposing, Zugzwang, Deflection, Overloading, Decoy, Clearance Sacrifice, Windmill, Battery, Capturing an Unprotected Piece, Hanging Pieces, Connecting the Rooks, Opposition, Combination with Tactics, Optimize your chess thinking and Visualization of the chessboard, Regular Homework Assessment & Internal Tournaments to enhance the skillsets of the students. 

The Bridge (age 6-16)
Course Prerequisite: Intermediate 2 
Practice Chess Tactics and Strategy by solving Skill Based Puzzles, Piece Checkmate:  Rook Mate, Two Rook Mate, Queen & Rook Mate, Queen Mate, Queen & Bishop Mate, Queen & Knight Mate, Two Knight vs. Pawn, Knight & Bishop Mate, Two Bishop Mate, Queen vs. Bishop Mate, Queen vs. Rook Mate, Queen vs. Knight Mate. 
Famous Chess Openings: 
Ruy Lopez, King’s pawn opening, Kings Gambit, The Italian Game, French defense, Sicilian defense, Caro-Kann, Queen’s Gambit, Fried liver Attack, Bird’s opening, The London System, etc. Regular Internal Tournaments to enhance the skillsets of the students. 

Advanced 1 (age 6-16)
Famous Checkmates Winning Patterns
Anastasia’s Mate, Arabian Mate, Andersen’s Mate, Back Rank Mate Blackburne’s Mate, Boden’s Mate, Box Mate, Blind swine Mate, Bishop & Knight Mate, Corner Mate, Corridor Mate, Cozio’s Mate, Caro-Kann Defense, Damiano’s Mate, David and Goliath Mate, Dovetail Mate, Double Bishop Mate, Dovetail Mate, Epaulette Mate, Fool’s Mate, Chess Vocabulary, Chess Vocabulary, Homework Assessment, Regular Internal Tournaments to enhance the skillsets of the students. 

Advanced 2 (age 6-16)
Famous Checkmates Winning Patterns
Greco’s Mate, Gueridon Mate, H-File Mate, Hook Mate, King and Two Bishop Mate, King and Two, Knights Mate, King’s Walk, Legal Mate, Lolli’s Mate, Morphy’s Mate, Max Lange Mate, Mayet’s Mate, Opera’s Mate, Pillsbury’s Mate, Queen Mate, Reti’s Mate, Smother’s Mate, Scholar’s Mate, Suffocation Mate, Swallow’s Mate, Triangle Mate, Vukovic’s Mate. Blindfold Chess, Knights Tour, A – Z Chess Vocabulary, Homework Assessment, Regular Internal Tournaments to enhance the skillsets of the students

Note: Students who complete the Nine Points Chess Program (Advanced 2) are eligible to participate in all future online Nine Points Chess Team Practice Tournaments.



 I am so excited at the prospect that Ms. Soni is going to be teaching chess! I have known her for about 5 years. I have personally had the opportunity to witness Ms. Soni’s expertise in working with Prodigy to learn chess.   She was amazingly organized and patient as well as creative about keeping him focused and engaged. Being that my son Prodigy is a very high energy child, I was amazed to see him sit still and calmly and attentively participate in the process.  As a result of just a couple of classes with Ms.Soni, Prodigy’s interest in chess skyrocketed. He felt like chess classes with her were fun and exciting! He loved her creativity and kind heart too. I would love this opportunity for our K-3rd Meridian students, who would definitely excel in their academics as a result of the practices of this class and specifically Ms. Soni’s comprehensive methodology.  Studies have shown that younger students that start the game at a young age later score higher on standardized reading & math assessment tests. Furthermore, they also later score higher on creative and critical thinking tests. I believe that if Ms. Soni is able to teach Kinder through third-grade chess classes that the students will have a stronger showing at competitions to represent the Meridian campus and their knowledge of the basic skills of Chess will be greatly reinforced. I would highly recommend her to teach this class, as I know that she can take our students to a high level of performance if given the chance.

Kimberly Pollini

It's under Mrs.Soni's great guidance where my kids started learning chess and proud to see where they are now. My kids did really good in chess and won in several tournaments and she is the foundation."

I remember the patience that you used to show to all the kids that were in the chess class and you are so friendly in updating the parents on the status of the kid's performance and also the way you encourage the kids and learning new tactics.

My kids talk about you so much. I really appreciate and I wish you the best in your next endeavor and I wish my kids get in your class again.


My name is Jennifer Reihman and I am a teacher at Meridian World School and I have a 5th-grade son, Harrison, who attends the Triple-A After School Program. Mrs. Soni has played an integral role in Harrison's positive experience in this after school program. Mrs. Soni started out as an enrichment leader for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade. After this, she was promoted to the Enrichment Coordinator position and then she was promoted to the assistant manager as well as overseeing the enrichment curriculum.  It was in this position that Mrs. Soni showed the most impact in Harrison's development.

She planned and supervised enriching activities, including switch days where the students rotated between teachers, allowing them to benefit from the teacher's specific skills and interests. She also provided opportunities for students to grow and demonstrate their skills through the spelling bee, chess tournament, and talent show. Harrison is a very active child who sometimes has difficulty managing his own behavior. She always approached these incidents with patience and understanding with an emphasis on personal growth while still maintaining the high standard of behavioral expectations. Mrs. Soni encouraged Harrison to take on leadership roles, such as emcee of the talent show,  which re-directed his energy and allowed him to express himself in a positive way. She also organized chess enrichment and tournaments that were held in Triple-A. This was always an exciting time of the year for all of the students. You could hear a pin drop as the students witnessed the final match! She would encourage Harrison to not only take his skills to the next level but to mentor, younger or less experienced students work on their skills in chess strategies as well.

She is an effective manager of the other professionals who work with the children. Their overall program is outstanding. In the back to a school staff meeting for the entire staff of Meridian, they received a roaring ovation. Parents always know that their child is safe and being enriched after school.

Mrs. Soni is also active as a parent of an amazing daughter at Meridian who I had the pleasure to teach. Volunteering her time and talents, she is a big part of our community. 

I would wholeheartedly recommend Mrs. Soni to any position that involves the coordination of enriching activities for children, including after school chess programs.

Jennifer Reihman





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