The Chess Bud Summer Online Training Program is now underway.

Until the 31st August, enrolled students can:

i) Participate in Weekly Standard Rapid Tournaments every Thursday at 6.30pm.

ii) Explore and Practice New Opening Strategies in Weekly Themed Opening Rapid Tournaments Every Tuesday Evening at 6.30pm (see schedule below).

iii) Prepare for Themed Portal Tournaments by Reviewing Annotated Games in the Opening Featured that Week.

iv) Use the Master Openings Database of approx. 500 Annotated Games to Build and Refine your Opening Repertoire.

v) Work on your Tactics & General Game by completing Chess Bud Courses and Quizzes in the Portal.

vi) Play practice games anytime with friends in the Portal.

Note: All chat is disabled in the Chess Bud Coaching Portal so it is a completely safe environment for kids to play, study and develop their game.

Chess Bud Thursday Night Themed Opening Tournaments

Time: 6.30pm | 4 Round Rapid | 10 minutes + 3 seconds per player

Available to anyone who has an account in the Chess Bud Coaching Portal from 1st June – 31st August.

This summer programme is geared towards beginner, intermediate players and advanced players up to a rating of 1800 Elo (Irish/Fide)

Note: Student Games from these tournaments will be reviewed by Mark and will form the basis of lessons and chess themes in Summer Camps.

DateTournamentStart Position
13th June 2023Italian Game Tournament1. e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Bc4
20th June 2023English Opening – Three Knights – Dutch Surprise!1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 f5
27th June 2023Petroff Defence – Mainline1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3
4th July 2023King’s Indian Defence – Smyslov Variation1.d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. Nf3 d6 5.Bg5
13th July 2023Sicilian Defence – Alapin Variation1. e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3. c3 d5 4. exd5
20th July 2023Nimzo-Indian Defence – Romanishin Variation1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. g3
27th July 2023French Defense – Winawer –
Alekhine-Maróczy Gambit
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4.Nge2
3rd August 2023Bogo-Indian Defence 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Nbd2
10th August 2023Caro-Kann Defence – Fantasy Variation1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. f3
17th August 2023Grunfeld Defence – Fianchetto Variation1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 c6 5.Bg2 d5 6. 0-0 0-0
22nd August 2023Scandinavian Defence (Variation TBA)1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5
29th August 2023Pirc Defence – (Variation TBA)1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6

Chess Bud Portal Courses

New Courses for all levels will be added throughout the summer. Courses will be immediately available in the Portal as soon as they are listed here.

Chess FundamentalsAdvanced Tactics & Combinations 1
Mastering Piece Movements
Tactics Training
Mate in 1
Mate in 2

Annotated Games Databases Currently Available to Enrolled Students

DatabaseNumber of GamesDate Uploaded
CBI Annotated Games Master Database39624/ 03/ 23
Master the Endgame – Essential Endgames Annotated and Explained7124/ 03/ 23
Italian Game – Mainline – Annotated Games413/ 06/ 23
English Opening – Delayed Dutch Surprise – Annotated Games421/06/23

Sign-Up Now to be part of the Chess Bud Summer Online Programme

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