This course is for Beginner to Intermediate Chess players who want to begin learning and continue honing their chess skills. This course consists of 4 parts:
Section 1: The Basics
Section 2: What to do in the Opening
Section 3: Tactics in the Middle Game
Section 4: Checkmate in the End Game
By the end of the course, every student should have a good idea which overlying strategies to implement in a game of chess, as well as the tactics needed to play out that strategy. This course is ideal for the people interested in being fluent in Chess tactics, and who also want to have fun doing it!
This is an introduction to how the pieces move in chess, and the basics of the board.
We cover the starting position, and the special moves castling, and en passant.
This lesson covers how check works, and ultimately the goal of the game, checkmate.
We take you through the series of stalemate and draw possibilities: stalemate, the 3-move rule, 50 moves, insufficient mating material, and draw by agreement.
A quick glance into chess notation, how to abbreviate the pieces, board, and a full game.
This video covers how to fight for the center, along with quality pawn and knight strategies to control the most important part of the board.
Here we cover developing the bishops and queen, both with backdoor and front door entrances.
Here we learn to develop rooks, how and when to castle, and the power of the rooks.
In this lesson we learn why castling is so important, as well as the right time and place to castle.
A lesson summarizing the strong components of opening play and some examples of weak play to avoid.
Here we delve into pins with a series of puzzles.
This chapter covers skewers, as well as the lead-up to a skewer.
This lesson focuses on how to use the fork, the simultaneous attack on two pieces.
We will cover discovered attack and discovered check with a series of puzzles.
We introduce you to the double attack, where when used with check, forces the King to flee.
This first chapter of the endgame will cover how to achieve a very simple checkmate with Rooks.
This lessons illustrates how to checkmate with the Queen, as well as the quick Scholar's mate.
A deeper look into checkmate with the bishops and knights, as well as Fool's mate and Smothered mate.
We cover techniques on how to quickly determine whether or not your pawn will outrun the opposing King, and go over a few puzzles using those.
Here we focus on how to retain control of the pawn promotion square in difficult endgame situations.
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I have been coaching chess for the last 3 years at the Boys and Girls club at Monterey, and have been playing chess for over 50 years. In that time I have played Grandmasters (and lost), played blindfolded games, and had many a chess rival. It is one of my greatest hobbies, and one of the subjects that I have the most extensive knowledge of.