Chess For Everyone!
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Chess For Everyone!

Learn the basics of Chess as well as how to develop strategy and tactics for winning at the Game of Chess.
4.6 (27 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,917 students enrolled
Created by Robert Gumerlock
Last updated 10/2015
Current price: $10 Original price: $20 Discount: 50% off
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn the basics to becoming a Chess Master
  • Enhance your strategic thinking
  • Have a deeper understanding of Chess tactics
  • Force checkmate in the endgame
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  • Strong interest in learning to play chess
  • Determination to become a better player
  • A chess set or chess app

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!

Who is the target audience?
  • People who have an interest in learning the game of Chess
  • People looking to further hone their Chess knowledge and skills
  • Beginner and Intermediate Players
  • Chess Enthusiasts
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
The Basics of Chess
5 Lectures 39:33

This is an introduction to how the pieces move in chess, and the basics of the board.

Preview 13:57

We cover the starting position, and the special moves castling, and en passant.

Layout & Special Moves

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.

Stalemate and Draws

A quick glance into chess notation, how to abbreviate the pieces, board, and a full game.

Chess Notation

Section 1: Basics Quiz
7 questions
What to do in the Opening
5 Lectures 28:35

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.

Fight for the Center

Here we cover developing the bishops and queen, both with backdoor and front door entrances.

Develop your Pieces

Here we learn to develop rooks, how and when to castle, and the power of the rooks.

Develop your Pieces (Cont'd)

In this lesson we learn why castling is so important, as well as the right time and place to castle.

Castle your King!

A lesson summarizing the strong components of opening play and some examples of weak play to avoid.

Opening Play

Section 2: Opening Quiz
7 questions
Tactics in the Middle Game
5 Lectures 50:47

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.

Discovered Attack

We introduce you to the double attack, where when used with check, forces the King to flee.

Double Attack

Section 3: Middle Game Quiz
7 questions
Checkmate in the Endgame
6 Lectures 43:42

This first chapter of the endgame will cover how to achieve a very simple checkmate with Rooks.

Mate with Rooks

This lessons illustrates how to checkmate with the Queen, as well as the quick Scholar's mate.

Mate with the Queen

A deeper look into checkmate with the bishops and knights, as well as Fool's mate and Smothered mate.

Mate with the Minor Pieces

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.

Pawn Promotion

Here we focus on how to retain control of the pawn promotion square in difficult endgame situations.

Pawn Promotion (Cont'd)

Section 4: Endgame Quiz
7 questions

Thanks for taking the course! I hope you enjoyed it and please leave a comment and a rating, I'd love to hear your feedback.

About the Instructor
Robert Gumerlock
4.6 Average rating
27 Reviews
1,917 Students
1 Course
Chess Coach and Teacher

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.