North Texas Chess Academy (NTCA) is committed to promoting the game of chess to players of all levels and all ages. Each one of our camps, classes and after school programs will discuss the history of chess, chess current events and NTCA’s 4 Core values. Get REDI to learn and play chess.

Respect, Enthusiasm, Determination, Integrity

NTCA wants to make sure you are in the correct class so you can start learning or continue your chess advancement. Below you will see how we categorize each of our levels. Please look through the criteria to determine where you or your child fits best. NTCA encourages most players to sign up for a lower level class if they feel like they are in between each level. Reviewing the basics is never a bad idea.

If you still aren’t sure, please fill out the Chess Assessment or give us a call and we can help place the player in the class that would be most beneficial.

  • pawn


    The Pawn Level is for students taking their first steps in chess. The students are expected to learn about the chessboard, how each piece moves, their point value, how to castle properly, pawn promotion and the very beginnings of chess strategy. There is a small introduction to the history of chess which will continue throughout the curriculum. Puzzle solving will be nearly all one move examples.

  • knight


    Can you play a full chess game but still a little shaky on what to do? Is it checkmate? The Knight level is for those students who understand the rules and need to make progress in the strategy aspects. The history of chess continues as we begin to teach about the first World Champions and how they influenced the game. The Knight Level will consist of only one or two move chess puzzles.

  • bishop


    The student plays in chess tournaments and has spent significant time practicing. All of the tactics are in his/her vocabulary and can be put into practice. We continue our journey through chess history touching on the masters of the Soviet Era. The puzzles in the Bishop Level start to become quite complex, up to three and four move combinations with multiple themes.

  • rook


    The student competes in chess tournaments, and has crossed the 1000 rating according to USCF. The Rook Level grows in complexity as the student begins to encounter multiple themes occurring at once. The puzzles and examples increase in difficultly and number of moves. The Rook Level marks our first venture into opening theory, long term advantages, positional play and continues the journey through chess history.

  • king-queen


    Our most challenging level, these students are focused tournament players, training to become chess masters! Our Kings and Queens are the most diligent students, excited about chess all hours of the day. This level consists of increasingly complex issues, material imbalances, the nuances of attack and defense, and dives deeper into the Opening Theory. The student should know about all World Champions and have a working knowledge of chess history. The classes are more customized to the student’s needs, and appropriately challenging.