Chess 101- Everything you need to know about the basics

Learn the rules, strategies, and basic tactics of chess
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  • Lectures 25
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

Chess 101 is an easy-to-follow video series that simplifies the process of learning the chess basics. The course focuses on teaching a beginner about the rules of Chess, the movements & value of each chess piece, and the basic chess strategies ideal for a beginner to know. There are over 23 Lectures that cover a variety of topics that are sure to train a beginner the essentials of Chess. The course will also have chess quiz questions at the end of each section for the student to reflect his/her understanding on the chess material taught. A beginner is guaranteed to have improved his/her chess knowledge at the end of this course.

What are the requirements?

  • An internet connection

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Set up a chessboard
  • Name the chess pieces
  • Name the squares on the board
  • Understand the rules & objective of the game
  • Know how each piece moves and captures
  • How to attack with the chess pieces
  • How to defend with the chess pieces
  • Understand what illegal moves are
  • Know how to checkmate the king

Who is the target audience?

  • Beginners of all ages from 5+ and above
  • Anyone interested in learning the game and starting with the basics

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Course Overview
Welcome to Chess 101
Section 2: Everything you need to know about the basics

Introducing each of the chess pieces, and the value of each piece.


Understanding what the squares on the chessboard represent. The difference between 'Ranks' and 'Files'


Identifying the squares on the Chessboard and learning how to name those squares correctly


Learning the right way to set up a Chessboard correctly.

7 questions

Complete this test to reflect your understanding of this section

Section 3: How do the pieces move

Learning about how does the pawn move and capture on the board


Learning about how does the bishop move and capture on the board


Learning about how does the Rook move and capture on the board


Learning about how does the Queen move and capture on the board


Learning about how does the King move and capture on the board


Learning about how does the Knight move and capture on the board

Mastery: Test your knowledge in this section
6 questions
Section 4: Rules of playing

Understanding what the objective of chess is, which is putting your opponents king in 'Checkmate'


Explaining what a 'check' is, which is when the king is under attack but not yet in a 'checkmated' position


What is 'Castling' and how does a King castle


What happens when a pawn reaches the last rank on the chessboard (promoting to another piece)


What are illegal moves and some basic examples of illegal moves

Mastery: Test your knowledge in this section
7 questions
Section 5: How to Attack

The basics of attacking in chess start with controlling the center of the board


The importance of developing your minor pieces and bringing them out to the center


Learning what hanging pieces are, and when to take advantage of them


Learning the concept of exchanging pieces (also known as trading pieces) and when to use them to your advantage


Understanding how to attack a king and especially taking advantage when he is unprotected

Mastery: Test your knowledge in this section
6 questions
Section 6: How to Defend

What you should look for when your opponent makes a move. The art of defending your pieces by protecting one another, or moving to a safer square when under attack


Getting your king safe by castling as early as possible

Mastery: Test your knowledge in this section
5 questions
Section 7: A Complete Game

A complete game played between two players to illustrate an example of a complete legal game of chess

Section 8: The Conclusion
The Next Steps

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Instructor Biography

Praveen Sagar, Chess Trainer

If you desire to invest in your child’s mental & intellectual growth, there is no better tool to facilitate that development than scholastic chess.

Whether you dream of your child entering academics, creative arts, sports, business or professional service, give your child this gift of lifelong learning & development. You’ll be surprised how far flung and long lasting the impact can be.

ZugZwang Chess School offers online group sessions, one-to-one Skype sessions, as well as onsite classroom sessions. Our trainers with over 10+ years of coaching experience are equipped to provide the optimal learning method for each student of different levels; right from Beginner to Advanced.

We set rating targets as well as specific goals & milestones for each student and track their progress throughout their learning cycle.

Praveen Sagar works as a full-time chess coach & mentor at the ZugZwang Chess School and has over 5+ years of experience in teaching beginners & intermediate players how to be a better Chess player.

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