Advanced Chess Class

What happens at the chess club: 

The Advanced Chess Class started for the first time in July of 2019. Each week, the coaches give a lesson that is appropriate for students of a skill rating of FIDE 400+. Students will learn a variety of advanced topics including openings, tactics, middlegame plans, strategies and endgame techniques

The chess coaches will include at least 1 Titled Chess Master, IM Stanislav Smetankin. 

IM Stanislav Smetankin
- FIDE rating 2504
- Fide Trainer, International Master (with 2 GM-norms)
- Chess coaching experience: 16 years
- Former Olympiad team member for Belarus
- Triple Bronze medal winner at the European Youth Championships
- 2-time winner of Midwest US Championship
- Winner of many prestigious European and American Chess Tournaments

Who can attend: 

These classes are suited to students rated FIDE or NSWJCL 400+ and under the age of 18, or by coach invitation.

Hornsby Leisure and Learning Centre
25 Edgeworth David Avenue
Hornsby, NSW, 2077

Mondays: 5:00pm-6:30 pm

2024 Term Dates:
Term 1:  5th February - 8th April (No chess on 1st April due to Public Holiday)
Term 2:  6th May - 1st July (No chess on 10th June due to Public Holiday)
Term 3:  29th July - 23rd September (No chess on 26th August due to Venue Maintenance)
Term 4:  14th October - 16th December


Term 1:  $450
Term 2:  $400
Term 3:  $400
Term 4:  $500


To enrol, please go to and enter the payment code YCR96FVGQO then tick the appropriate term(s) and follow the prompts to make a credit card payment.


For all enquiries please contact the Sydney Academy of Chess on (02) 9745 1170 or email