African Chess Lounge


How the Academy Works

Instructors from ACL Chess Club provide chess classes that teach fundamental chess elements in addition to promoting educational values that can be taught through chess. Classes will focus on chess fundamentals while also incorporating lessons on critical thinking, planning and logic. Students are encouraged to demonstrate sportsmanship and to strive for success in the classroom as well as over the chessboard.


  • Emphasis on reflection and cognitive development through mental exercises.

  • Professional instruction ranging from beginner to intermediate and advanced play

  • Curriculum-based on ideas and writings of GM Artur Yusupov, Artur Yusupov was ranked No. 3 in the world from 1986 to 1992, just behind the legendary World Champions Karpov and Kasparov. He has won everything there is to win in chess except for the World Championship. In recent years he has mainly worked as a chess trainer with players ranging from current World Champion Anand to local amateurs in Germany, where he resides​​​

Courses Available

Category Courses


Category 10 Course Beginners-800

Category 9 Course Elo 800-1000

Category 8 Course Elo 1000-1100


Category 7 Course Elo 1100-1200

Category 6 Course Elo 1200-1300

Category 5 Course Elo 1300-1400

Category 4 Course Elo 1400-1500

Category 3 Course Elo 1500-1600

Category 2 Course Elo 1600-1700

Category 1 Course Elo 1700-1800

Special Courses for Students Above 1800 Elo

Strategy Mastery Course

Master the Endgame Course

Positional Chess Mastery level 1

Positional Chess Mastery Level 2



Reuben Salimu

Executive Director

Club President

Beverly Blows

Tane Ressel

Membership Officer


+27 78 572 7546  |

92 Loop Street, Cape Town, 8001



Tel: +27 78 572 7546     Email:

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