Master Chess







September 10th Master class is CANCELLED, as UCF will probably be closed


Following dates are requested with the UCF but NOT CONFIRMED yet:


Sunday, October 8

Sunday, November 5

Sunday, December 3


TOPICS: Attack in Specific Pawn Structures


Yes, we are taking shortcuts - to mastering the Middlegames. Pawn Structures are going to be the Master Topic of the fall and we expect to get around almost everything. Both specific and meta level instruction by GM Lars Bo Hansen and WIM Jen Hansen


COACHES: GM Lars Bo Hansen and WIM Jen Hansen



Lectures, group analysis and discussions, problem solving, consultation games, and playing exercises.



UCF, Orlando. Exact location varies. Registered participants receive all details.



Tournament players of all ages.


Minimum requirement for new participants is USCF 1500.


In rare cases we admit participants who are real close but not quite there yet. Top rated participants are USCF 2000+. Teaching level is 2000+


Participants statistics

08/20/2017 Total Rating Average: 1745 TOP 3: 2021

01/22/2017 Total Rating Average: 1573 TOP 3: 2043

12/04/2016 Total Rating Average: 1632 TOP 3: 2036




We provide water, coffee, fruits and snacks. Please bring your own lunch.



$80 / day


Advance payment is not required. Check or cash at site is okay.



E-mail to Jen Hansen:


We look forward to seeing you at the class!


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