Adult Intermediate Group (1000 – 1400 Elo)


This course is for tournament standard players with a rating between 1000 and 1400 Elo. Young adults aged sixteen and over can enroll in this class with parental permission.

Whatever level you are at, I’d highly recommend ChessBud. From basic tactics to advanced strategies Mark has a way of explaining and demonstrating concepts that make complex ideas much easier to process

John, 20s, Italy
  • A six-week online course for intermediate students rated 1000-1400 ELO or Chess Bud Ireland students who have already completed my EXPERIENCED BEGINNERS course.
  • The group meets once a week for 90 minutes on MONDAY EVENINGS from 7-8.30pm re-commencing 28th February 2022
  • The Online class is conducted using Zoom.
  • On enrolling in the course you will be issued with your own personalised login to the Coaching Portal on the Chess Bud website ( This log-in will remain active for as long as you are a Chess Bud student and for a month following the course.
  • Your personalised login will enable you to play friendly games with other class members , complete tactical challenges, quizzes and puzzles between classes, take part in simultaneous matches against IM Mark Quinn and review materials covered in class in your own time through playing through annotated game databases to re-enforce lessons.
  • Each session is part of a specific curriculum designed to help you bring your game to the next level , that is to 1400 ELO and beyond.
  • Throughout the course, students will be set regular assignments designed to fine-tune their attacking intuition, increase awareness of potential pawn, piece and exchange sacrifices, test their ability to solve rook and pawn endings etc.
  • Having explored Classical Open Games in the COMPLETE and EXPERIENCED BEGINNERS courses, openings work will now focus on developing systems against resilient King’s Pawn defences such as the Petroff and Philidor defences and semi-open openings such as the Sicilian Defence, French Defence, Caro-Kann and the Alekhine Defence in addition to introducing students to different systems against 1. d4 based on the classical response 1. d5
  • Students are invited to compete in themed weekly Sunday night tournaments in the portal where opening systems studied in class are tested.
  • A specific emphasis of the intermediate course is strategic thinking in the middle-game, how to choose the right plan after the opening phase. To develop the necessary skills and intuition to read a position in such a way as to select the best candidate moves and to choose the strongest move or the move likely to cause the greatest difficulty for an opponent.
  • Classes include in-depth analysis of students’ games from Portal tournaments or from student’s over-the-board tournaments or online competitions.

Note: If you enrol and find this course is either too easy or too hard, you can move into the EXPERIENCED BEGINNERS class on Wednesday evenings from 7 – 8.30pm or the ADVANCED CLASS on Thursdays from 7 – 8.30pm.

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Learn the Art of the Strategic Sacrifice…
Watch Mark’s video exploring an unusual strategic pawn sacrifice against The King’s Indian defence.