Who takes chess lessons?
I work with students all ages and levels of experience, ranging from children (as young age 3 years of age), professionals, seniors/retirees, and intergenerational relationships.
Do you teach classes and workshops?
Yes, I work with a variety of institutions including Chambers of Commerce, Houses of Worships, Schools, Museums, Community Centers, and Senior Living venues.
Why choose Chesscat – Sharon Ellen Burtman?
Sharon is a very experienced and patient instructor. Her lessons are designed to have just the right amount of challenge, allowing the students to learn at their own pace. Sharon’s chess lessons are life lessons.
What impact does chess have beyond the game?
Chess helps to develop and strengthen strategic and executive-level thinking, logic, focus, and discipline. Chess skills are transferable to all aspects of school, work, and life.
How do I get started?
It begins with a complimentary Chesscat Chat telephone or Zoom call to determine your objectives and level of play.
What should I expect at our first class?
Our first class is called, “housekeeping”, where we lay the foundation and develop good habits.
Where do lessons take place?
Chess lessons can be taught virtually via Zoom or in-person.
What equipment do I require for chess lessons?
For in-person lessons, students should have their own tournament chess sets. If you do not already have one, then Sharon can give you some recommendations. For virtual classes, all you require is access to Zoom.
Can lessons be rescheduled?
Yes, very easily. I will always try to accommodate you. No charges are incurred with advance notice of 48 hours. A half-charge will occur with advance notice of 24 hours. A full-lesson will be deducted with no notice.
Are the classes interactive?
Absolutely! One of the reasons my classes are so popular is that students are given the time to ask questions, to formulate and test ideas, and explain what is going on in various positions.