3. Bishop Level

Time:  2 hours (Occurring once or twice per week); Cost: $25 per class; Total classes: 60-70

For students entering tournament play.  Upon completion, students should:

o   Possess their first extended opening repertoire – e4 for white and the defense against it for black.

o   Be comfortable attacking different King positions –King trapped in the center, King-side castled King, and Queen-side castled King.

o   Understand the main principles of defense and counterattack.

o   Be able to identify and utilize weak and strong squares.

o   Have an introductory understanding of additional Chess concepts – Blockade, Outpost, Rule of two weaknesses, Pawn storms, Overprotection, Prophylaxis, and Critical moments in the game.

o   Have familiarity with different pawn structures – Pawn chain, Backward pawn, Doubled pawns, Passed pawns, Connected pawns.

o   Understand the relative strengths and weaknesses of various piece combinations – Good vs Bad bishops, Bishop’s superiority over the knight, Knight’s superiority over the bishop, Opposite coloured bishops in the middle- and endgame, Rook’s superiority over two minor pieces, and Two minor pieces’ superiority over the Rook.

o   Understand various endings – Knight endings, Bishop endings, Queen endings, Essential Rook endings (Lucena’s position, Philidors position, etc.)

Groups Schedule Age Group Description
HPP Bishop


4:30pm - 6:30pm

All ages

High Performance Program 

Winter Program (Jan - Mar), 0 classes, Fees $ 0.00 

Jan 11, Jan 18, Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22, Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15

Please register for Winter term here

Average group rating: CFC 773, CMA 1180 (Top 5 players) 

To find out if you are the right candidate for this program, please read here 


P/L Bishop



5:00pm - 7:00pm


All ages

Bishop level, 5 semester, $25 per class

Semester #1, 14 classes, Fees $350

Sep 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec 7 & 14. School Holidays: Dec 19-Jan 3