Teacher Wendy Wadley successfully applied for a $250 mini grant from the Education Fund . The Chess Education Program found her a matching grant. They have attended the World Chess Hall of Fame and on Monday visited IM Blas Lugo at Miami International Chess Academy on Calle Ocho.
Blaso's lesson focused on positions in the opening and typical mistakes. The Cuban International Master explained that moving the same piece more than once loses tempo and initiative. He also warned of moving the Queen too fast. He emphasized developing your pieces quickly. He suggested attacking the Queen if your opponent tries to be overly aggressive. He told the students to analyze positions carefully making sure to look for positional advantages. He demonstrated centralizing minor pieces like the Knight and Bishop to use in combinations. He asked students to explain their reasoning for making moves which helped develop their analytical skills.