Chess Expert David Luscomb: Chess Basics Beginner Course

Elements of Chess, Tactics, and Opening Principles.
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  • Lectures 33
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

Hello my chess friends this is Expert David Luscomb. Throughout this course you learned how to play and win at chess. We started by first learning how the pieces moved and captured. Then, we learned about the special rules and how to win at chess through checkmate!! In the next section we learned about the 4 basic elements of chess: space, time, material, and position. These elements were fundamental to our understanding of chess and helped pave the way for the tactical section! In this section we looked at the following tactical themes: Forks, Pin, Skewer – x-ray, Discovered attack, Discovered check, Removal of the Guard, Deflection/ Decoy attack, Blocking, Pawn promotion, Hanging piece, Stalemate, Back rank checkmates, Checkmating a lone king with just a queen, and Checkmating a lone king with 2 rooks. These tactical skills will help you win many chess games. Finally, in the last section we learned about the Giuoco Piano chess opening system. I used the tactical themes and the 4 elements of chess to explain all the ideas behind the moves in this opening system. Then we looked at a few game examples to obtain further knowledge and understanding about the opening and how to use it!

Once again thank you for taking this chess course!

What are the requirements?

  • No prior knowledge of chess is required.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By taking this course you will learn how to play chess, the 4 elements of chess, many tactical themes, and an opening system! This course is designed for beginners and anyone who wants to learn about chess!

What is the target audience?

  • Beginners and anyone who wants to learn about chess.

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Section 1: How to play chess

This video will introduce you to my chess course and what you will be learning!!


This video will go over how to play chess!

How the pieces move!
14 questions
Section 2: The 4 elements of chess
Introduction to the elements of chess
The element of space
Examples of the Element of Space
Element of Space
1 question

After this lecture my students will know all about the element of time.


To illustrate the element of time with examples.

Element of Time
1 question

This lecture discusses what the element of material is all about.


This lecture provides examples of the Material Element.

Element of Material
1 question

This video goes over what the positional element in chess is.

Positional Element
1 question

This lecture brings all the elements of chess together into one video!

Section 3: Basic Tactics

An introduction to the material in this section. Enjoy!

Tactic: Forks part 1

This video expands on the previous one by giving several knight fork puzzles

Knight Fork Puzzle
1 question
Pawn Fork Puzzle
1 question
King Fork Puzzle
1 question
Rook Fork Puzzle
1 question
Bishop Fork Puzzle
1 question
Queen Fork Puzzle
1 question

This video covers what a pinning tactic is and how one can use use it to win games!

Bishop Pin puzzle
2 questions

This tactic goes over how to break a bishop pin! It is very important.

Breaking Bishop Pin Puzzle
2 questions

Learning this tactic will help one win more games! It is about how the queen like the bishop can also pin! There is only one piece that is more valuable than the queen and that is the king. If the queen were the most valuable piece on the entire board, then it would not be able to pin.

Queen Pin Puzzles
2 questions

Knowing this tactic will allow you to win many games. It is the complete opposite of a pin. It attacks the more valuable piece instead of the least valuable one. If the more valuable piece moves out of the way then the least valuable piece can be captured.

X-ray Puzzles
2 questions

Discovered attack is a very tricky tactic but once learned it is pretty fun to use!

Discovered Attack Puzzles
2 questions

A discovered check is similiar to a discovered attack. The only difference is that the king is attacked. These tactics are very good to learn well since they occur quite often and will let you win many games.

Discovered Check Puzzles
2 questions

This is an amazing tactic that removes a key defender so that a piece can be easily captured for free. It is one of my favorite tactics.

Removal of the Guard Puzzles
2 questions

I love this tactic! You deflect a piece away so that it cannot defend another piece. Then you win the undefended piece.

Decoy/Deflection Puzzles
2 questions

In chess as in football the blocking tactic is very similiar. In chess one uses blocking to protect the king, to prevent pawns from promoting, and also to help pawns promote. This video goes over each of these ideas in great detail.

Blocking Puzzles
3 questions

This lecture discusses how blocking is used to help a pawn promote. This is like helping your teammate score a touchdown by blocking a defensive player.

Blocking Puzzles continued
2 questions

One can promote a pawn to a queen, rook, knight, or a bishop! Knowing this concept well will allow one to win more games.

Pawn promotion Puzzles
1 question

Hanging piece. It is when one can capture a piece for free!! You do not lose material or fall into any type of trap! It is like receiving a Christmas gift.

Hanging Piece Puzzles
2 questions

A stalemate is a last second technique that many players use to save a game that was otherwise lost. Sometimes it can also happen accidentally. This video discusses what it is and how to create it through tactics!

Stalemate Puzzles
2 questions

This video discusses how to drive the enemy king into the corner of the board so that it can be checkmated. Highly instructional and teaches the easiest way to accomplish this goal.

King and Queen versus King Checkmate
3 questions

This video shows how to checkmate a lone enemy king with just 2 rooks. It is very important to know this checkmate as well since it often occurs.

Checkmating a lone king with 2 rooks Puzzles
3 questions

This lecture is very important since back rank checkmates happen all the time at the beginner level. It happens often at my level and the top level as well. In this video I teach how to checkmate on the back rank and how to avoid being checkmated on the back rank.

Checkmate on the back rank Puzzles
2 questions
Section 4: Learning the Giuoco Piano Opening System.

The Giuoco Piano opening system is a good opening system to play and can be played from both the black and white sides. It has been played by top players such as Grandmaster Nigel Short. In this video we will apply the elements of chess and tactics to learn this opening and to understand the ideas behind the moves.

Giuoco Piano Opening System Puzzles
7 questions

This video goes over a top level chess game played in 1984 between Grandmaster Nigel Short and Master Vladimir! Nigel Short is one of the best chess players to have never become World Champion. This game will closely follow our opening system until move 8. Then the game goes in a different direction. It is important to know about different ways to play this opening system so that you can be exposed to more ideas. As I go through the game I explain the ideas behind the moves using the tactical knowledge and elemental knowledge that you have. I also explain some of the moves using concepts that I have not yet taught you. This allows you to learn additional ideas for your own games!


This is a fun game played in the Giuoco Piano chess opening system. You will learn much from this game about checkmates and other important concepts not previously covered. I also used many of the concepts we previously covered to explain the moves. Thanks for buying my course and check out my youtube channel "chess64" for more free educational videos.

Final Quiz Survey
1 question

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Instructor Biography

I am Chess Expert David Luscomb. I have been playing chess for 13 years and have several years of experience teaching chess. I am currently the State Champion of Oklahoma. Here are a few of my accolades.

•National Blitz Champion 2007 1400-1599 class •Oklahoma 11th and 12th Grade Champion 2008 and 2009 •Oklahoma quick chess 1st Class A 2009 •Nationals 12th grade 8th place 2010 •Tulsa Fall Open 1st Class A 2014 •In 2015 I met Grandmasters Magnus Carlsen, Anish Giri, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Veselin Topalov, Viswanathan Anand, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Alexander Grischuk, and Levon Aronian at the Sinquefield Cup and got their Autographs!

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