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 

Fall Program (Sep - Dec), 2 classes, Fees $ 60.00 

Sep 7, Sep 14, Sep 21, Sep 28, Oct 5, Oct 12, Oct 19, Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov 9, Nov 16, Nov 23, Nov 30, Dec 7, Dec 14, Dec 21

Please register for Fall term here

Average group rating: CFC 920, CMA 1181 (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