F904 Fall 2019 Intermediate Chess
Tuesdays, 9:40–11:05, Sept. 24–Nov. 12
Instructor: Jay Ryan
Class limit: 16
If you know the rules of chess, have been playing for a while, and would like to improve your game, then this is the course for you. We will discuss all aspects of the game: opening, middle game and endgame. You will learn about forks, pins, removing the guard, overloading pieces, the rule of the square, pawn majorities, specific openings like the French Defense, and more. About half the class will be lecture and half will be playing against your classmates. Chess boards and pieces will be provided.
Jay Ryan retired after a 35-year career as an economist and program manager at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Ryan played tournament chess in his youth and reached the rank of Expert, one level below Master. He continues his interest in chess, playing online and teaching chess to children.