Stage 7 Learning Outcomes

Our "Stage 7" Squad is suitable for students ranging from 1200 - 1650 rating points.

Stage 7 students are advanced players participating regularly in adult club tournaments. Stage 7 students aspire to gain titles such as
Chess Power JM the CM (Candidate Master) title. The course materials are centred around advanced strategic concepts, technical proficiency, calculation accuracy and continues study of highly respected strategical games with deep strategical plans. Work is done on developing opening repertoires, improving planning skills and improving skill when calculating variations. The "Stage 7" Programme provides continuity for the students that have completed the "Stage 6" Programme and 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 7" program you should expect to have learned:


Openings & Middle-Game

Continuing the process of building opening repertoires against common openings.

  • Closed openings
  • Reti/English Opening
  • Opening repertoire against 1.c4
  • Opening repertoire (Black vs. the Reti / White vs. the King's Indian)

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

  • Modern Slav (IM Andrew Martin)
  • The f4 Sicilian (GM Nigel Davies)
  • The O'Kelly Sicilian (IM Andrew Martin)
  • The Closed Sicilian (GM Nigel Davies)

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



Extending students' tactical and calculation skills:

  • Removing the defence
  • Typical mistakes in calculating variations
  • Line clearing
  • Don't allow counterplay!
  • Calculating short variations



Extending students' skill in building an attack by studying new attacking methods:

  • Dragging the king out
  • Combined attack on the seventh and eighth ranks
  • Attacking the king
  • A lead in development



Continuing the foundation work from Stages 4,5 and 6, students will further their strategical understanding of Chess with more advanced strategical concepts:

  • The bishop pair
  • Good and bad bishops
  • Closed openings
  • Blockade
  • Exchanging
  • Exploiting weaknesses
  • Better pawn structures
  • The pawn phalanx



Further developing more advanced practical endgame skills:

  • Endgame technique
  • Typical mistakes in the endgame