ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Mrs. Geetanjali (Anjali) Soni
Recommended Austin area chess instructor
Certified United States Chess Federation (USCF) Tournament Director
Certified Texas Elementary Teacher
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, Chess 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, Division or Structure of the chessboard, Movement of Chess Pieces and their Piece Value. The purpose of the game: Checkmate. Attacking & Capturing, Overview of the Phases of the chess game: The Opening, the Middle game, and the Endgame, Understanding Special Moves like En passant, Castling & Artificial Castling, Pawn Promotion, Pawn Under-promotion, Understanding terms like Centering, Space and Tempo in chess. Difference between Check and Checkmate, Helper Checkmate, Escaping from Check. The weak f pawn: mate in two moves (Fools mate), Checkmate in three and four moves (Scholar’s mate), Touch Move Rule. Standard International Chess Notation, Learn to notate a game. 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: Golden Rules and Opening Principles. Connecting the Rooks. Middle Game Strategy, End Game Strategy, Why are Pawns Important, Pawn Structure, Strong and Weak Pawns, Hanging Pieces, Capturing an Unprotected Piece. Ways to Win, and Six ways to Draw a Game, Understanding Stalemate, Difference between Check, Checkmate and Stalemate. When to give a successful 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. Learning to Count and Calculating moves. How to create an Outpost. Writing International Algebraic Chess Notation indicating the purpose for the move. Checkmate in One and Two Moves, Quizzes & Puzzles, Intermediate Strategy Assessment. Online Internal Tournament Rules, Regular Homework assessment.
Intermediate 2 - Tactics (age 6-13)
Course Prerequisite: Intermediate 1- Strategy.
This class meets twice a week.
Chess Tactics is a Short Sequence of Moves. Optimize your Chess Thinking - Points to consider before each move. When to check successfully. Learn three basic types of Tactics. Tactics that Give more attacks than your opponent can handle, for example, The Fork & Types of Fork, Double Attack, Double Check, Discovered Attack, and Zwischenzug. Tactics that make the opponent's piece less mobile for example, The Pin, The Skewer, Interposing, and Zugzwang. Tactics that Remove the Defender, for example, Deflection, Overloading, Decoy, Clearance Sacrifice, X-Ray. Combination with Tactics. End Game Concept: The Opposition & The Square of the Pawn. How to Plan and Things to consider If you get Stuck. Learn how to Analyze your Chess game. Regular Homework Assessment & Internal Tournaments to enhance the skillsets of the students.
The Bridge (age 6-16)
Course Prerequisite: Intermediate 2-Tactics
This class meets twice a week.
Visualize the Chessboard and Improve Muscle Memory. The Knight’s Tour, Blindfold Chess, The Eight Queens Challenge. Explore Popular Chess Game Variants for example The Crazyhouse, Racing Kings, Anti- Chess, etc.
Understanding the Purpose of Learning Chess Openings or Chess Theory.
Classification of Chess Openings. Open Games (King’s Pawn Opening); Semi-Open Games (alternative defenses to the King's Pawn Opening); Closed Games (Queen’s Pawn Opening); Semi-Closed Games (alternate defenses to Queen’s pawn opening) and Flank Opening. Popular Gambits.
Students learn and practice famous chess openings, for example, Ruy Lopez, Two Knights Defense, Italian Games, Giuoco Piano, Fried Liver Attack, Evans Gambit, Scotch Gambit, French Defence, Sicilian Defense, Caro-Kann Defense, Queen’s Gambit, Slav Defense, London System, King's and Queen's Indian Defense, The English, The Reti, and The Bird’s Opening. Variations of Openings and Defenses.
Understanding the Bishops & Color Pattern and Opening that use Fianchetto Bishop.
Students practice Chess Tactics and Strategy by solving Skill Based Puzzles, Regular Internal Tournaments, and analyzing played games to enhance the skill sets of the students.
Advanced 1 (age 6-16)
Course Prerequisite: The Bridge Course
This class meets twice a week.
Piece Checkmate: One Rook Mate, Two Rook Mate, Queen & Rook Mate, Queen Mate, Queen & Bishop Mate, Queen & Knight Mate.
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, and analyzing played games to enhance the skillsets of the students.
Advanced 2 (age 6-16)
Course Prerequisite: Advanced 1
This class meets twice a week.
Piece Checkmate: Two Knight vs. Pawn, Knight & Bishop Mate, Two Bishop Mate, Queen vs. Bishop Mate, Queen vs. Rook Mate, Queen vs. Knight Mate.
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. Assessment, Regular Internal Tournaments to enhance the skillsets of the students
Congratulations on completing the course - CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
Note: Students who complete the Nine Points Chess Course (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.
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.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
IMPORTANT – Please read and acknowledge these terms and conditions.
By signing below, I acknowledge that I and my student have read and understood the online chess class etiquette, rules, and expectations
I agree to find a quiet place and sit on a table and chair, free from distractions (siblings, pets, parents, television).
I agree to show up to chess class on scheduled time, a couple of minutes early to ensure proper connection
I agree to turn on the video and wait to be admitted into class.
I agree not to use a virtual background on zoom meeting for the duration of the class
I agree to mute myself except when talking; this limits background noise. (When the teacher calls on you, she will unmute each student. Only one student should contribute/ talk.)
I agree to raise my hand when I have something to say, and wait for the teacher to call, maintain eye contact, treat it like a regular classroom
I agree to be respectful and take permission from the teacher before leaving the video screen for any reason (example restroom break).
I agree to refrain from taking help from parents or siblings when answering questions
I agree to complete the chess homework before class begins. (the solutions will be discussed in class.)
I agree to be in an appropriate environment & dress appropriately – (your peers will see you!)
I agree to refrain from chewing gum, eating, or drinking or doing other tasks in front of the camera, while the class is going on.
I agree to come prepared, participate, and have fun!
Remember this is a class, so treat it as such.
Reminder: This is a special time for the teacher to connect with the students. We appreciate you being quiet observers.
Parents are encouraged to help their children be independent learners’ and students to be good communicators.
If there are technical difficulties, please help out. If you have questions or concerns, please wait until the end of class.
Please ensure that your student’s video remains on during class to promote focus.
The zoom links will be sent to the primary parent's email it is the parent’s responsibility to help your child to log on and be on time for class. There is no makeup class offered. If students have additional questions they may stay and ask for clarifications after the regular class ends.
If the student plans to be absent and wants class recording, a text must be sent to the instructor.
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