Stage 6 Learning Outcomes

Our "Stage 6" Squad is suitable for students ranging from 1100 - 1800 rating points.

Stage 6 students are advanced playing regularly in adult club tournaments. Stage 6 student aspire to gaining titles such as the CM (Candidate Master) title. The course materials are centred around more advanced strategic concepts and shifts to highly respected strategical games with deep strategical plans. Work is done on developing opening repertoires, improving planning skills and developing priorities when calculating variations. The "Stage 6" Programme provides continuity for the students that have completed the "Stage 5" Programme but also offers an option for strong junior chess players that are regularly participating in a local chess club and open tournaments (5+ years).

By the end of the "Stage 6" program you should expect to have learned:


Openings & Middle-Game

Starting the process of building opening repertoires against common openings.

  • Opening repertoire for White - the French Defence
  • Opening repertoire for Black against 1.d4
  • Closed openings
  • Reti/English Opening
  • Opening repertoire against 1.c4
  • Opening repertoire against the Reti
  • Opening repertoire for White against the King's Indian

Be able to understand and implement typical middle-game plans in the following complex openings:

  • The Grunfeld defence
  • The Modern Benoni
  • The Benko Gambit
  • The Modern Slav
  • The Czech Benoni

As part of this study we will look at typical middle-game plans and the correct strategies for both White and Black.



Progressing from elementary tactics and combinations to studying methods for attacking with various piece combinations:

  • Attacking the king
  • 'Minor' tactics
  • Removing the defence
  • Line clearing
  • Dragging the king out
  • Combined attack on the seventh and eighth ranks



Progressing from elementary defence to studying more advanced methods for defending before positions become critical:

  • Trapping pieces
  • Line Blocking
  • Blocking combinations
  • Don't allow counterplay!


Strategy Foundation

Continuing the foundation work from Stages 4 & 5, students will further their strategical understanding of Chess with more advanced strategical concepts:

  • Exchanging
  • Priorities when calculating variations
  • Improving the position of your pieces
  • The open file
  • Fighting against the pawn centre
  • Calculating short variations
  • Weak Points
  • The bishop pair
  • Typical mistakes in calculating variations
  • Good and bad bishops
  • Blockade
  • A lead in development
  • Exploiting weaknesses
  • Better pawn structures
  • The pawn phalanx



Further developing more advanced practical endgame skills:

  • Pawn endings
  • Simple rook endings
  • Endgame technique
  • Typical mistakes in the endgame