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Caveman Chess



Classes, Lectures, Seminars and Simuls

Classes, Lectures and Seminars ("Classes")

We offer classes, lectures and seminars ("Classes") in addition to individual and group lessons.  The differences between lesson types are outlined by the following table:

Lesson Group Type Anticipated Group Size Anticipated Session Duration
Individual 1 Continuing
Group 2-4 Continuing
Class 5 and up Continuing
Lecture 5 and up 1 time
Seminar 5 and up Brief series (probably 5 or fewer)
Camp 8 up to 200+ 1 week, typically 3 lessons and other events daily

We offer both Classes that are designed on themes that we see are in general demand among audiences ("General Classes"), and "Classes by Design" where the topics covered are tailored to a specific group.

General Classes

General classes are in our chess studio in Park Ridge, IL.  Classes will be advertised on our website, and will cover specific themes.  For example, there may be a class on General Theory, or on The Closed Ruy Lopez, or on the KID Saemisch Byrne.  Classes will have a set meeting time on typically a weekly basis.

Classes by Design

A group may contract with us to provide classes on specific topics, or general instruction.  For example, a school my contract with us to teach general positional theory to their elementary school team.  Rates in these situations will be negotiated, based on our rate schedule and on the amount of work, prepared materials, etc. desired by the group.

Simultaneous Exhibitions

We will work with you to provide a simultaneous exhibition for your club or event.  Fees for simuls are negotiated based on several factors including:

  • The number of boards to be played
  • The anticipated strength of the opposition
  • Whether or not the simul is provided with replacement (losers can, for some period, start a new game)
  • General availability, travel, etc.

Simultaneous exhibitions are competitions in which a strong player plays simultaneously against many players.  The tables with chess sets on them are set up in a rectangle.  The contestants sit on the outside; behind them are spectators;the master moves around the closed area in a circle. The rules for simultaneous exhibitions are:

  1. The MASTER plays with the White pieces in all games,   unless he agrees otherwise.

  2. The PLAYER (contestant in the display) plays a move ONLY WHEN THE MASTER COME TO THE BOARD.  Even if he has   already thought of a move, the PLAYER MUST wait for the MASTER to reach his board and ONLY THEN MAKE THE MOVE IN FRONT OF THE MASTER.

  3. If the PLAYER does not make a move when the MASTER reaches his board, the MASTER may claim a won game.

  4. The PLAYER may, when the MASTER reaches his board, occasionally make the following and more moves while the MASTER is there, provided that he can immediately reply to the MASTER’S moves

  5. On rare occasions, the PLAYER may postpone his move, but only with the MASTER’S consent.  This is called “taking a pass” and typically no more than three passes per game are allowed.

  6. While the MASTER Is at other boards, the PLAYER MUST NOT MOVE A PIECE ON HIS BOARD.   If the MASTER sees that the position on the board has been changed, he has the right to claim a win.

  7. The PLAYER may not change a move he has made.  However, for the MASTER, a move is considered final only when the MASTER has played a move on the next board.


Please feel free to contact us about classes or a simul for your group.  Also see our upcoming events page.