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From Amateur to Master
The first From Amateur to Master class, sponsored for free by the Calgary Chess Club, took place on Sunday September 8, 2019 and attracted 13 students. The instructor Knut Neven is an experienced National Master who has been a three time Correspondence World Championship finalist, top 10 finisher at multiple national championships, and the author of numerous instructional DVDs and articles for ChessBase of Germany. He was also the editor of Canada's national chess magazine En Passant for five years between 1998 and 2003.
In the course, the instructor lectured about the epistemology of improving rating and becoming a Master. The class featured analysis of several positions and games on a demonstration board with an emphasis on learning methodology rather than the specifics, i.e. tactics, openings, etc...
Neven also offered advice about valuable resources, books and otherwise, as well as the types to avoid. A major focus of the session was on what material to study and how to work most effectively. The course provided an invaluable resource for anyone who wishes to rapidly improve their chess and learn how to teach themselves.
The class was primarily aimed at players in the 1400-1800 Elo range, and consisted of four hours worth of instruction with free pizza and snacks provided by the Calgary Chess Club between the morning and afternoon sessions.
The material focused on insights gained by the instructor's experiences climbing the rating ladder from amateur to Master level. Neven touched on topics including chess psychology, effective study habits, and methods of analyzing positions using his own games as examples.
Based on comments from those attending the first From Amateur to Master session, the material was both instructional and entertaining. At the end of the session, Neven surprised everyone by handing out free copies of several award winning instructional DVDs on opening theory to every student! Additional copies are available for rental from our library. The next class in the series will be offered on Sunday October 6, 2019 and will continue every first Sunday of the month unless there is a weekend tournament scheduled at the club. For details and to register visit Classes.