Chess: From Beginner to Advanced at Warp Speed
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Chess: From Beginner to Advanced at Warp Speed

Learn everything you need to know to beat strong chess players
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4.3 (64 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.
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Created by Greg Vanderford
Last updated 9/2017
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  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Increase tactical skills
  • Learn must know openings
  • Improve Rapidly!
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  • A chess board and pieces
  • Your thinking cap!

This course is for aspiring chess players who know how the pieces move and understand how to use some tactics such as forks and skewers but have never had any formal chess training.

Through easy to understand diagrams and chess positions, I will take you through the thought process of a master chess player and teach you everything you need to know to go from a mediocre player to a very strong one.

In this course you will learn how to find tactics over the board, make a strategic plan, and setup up your pieces for maximum effectiveness in the opening.

I have condensed information that took me many years of hard work into 16 powerful chess lessons. If you want to improve your chess in as short a time as possible, this is the course for you!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who loves chess that hasn't had formal training
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Curriculum For This Course
17 Lectures
How to Think Like a Chess Player
4 Lectures 59:40

This lesson introduces basic chess notation and names of different aspects of the board that are necessary to build a sound fundamental basis of the game. This fundamental base will be built upon in later lectures and will pay dividends as your improves. Those who skip over this type of information in their rush to improve will forever pay a price for their impatience.

Preview 09:29

This lesson covers special moves such as castling, capturing "en passant", and pawn promotion. In addition to explaining how these moves work, we go into some detail about specific situations and ways in which we can maximize the effectiveness of these moves.

Special Moves (En Passant, Promotion etc.)

Tactics are the bedrock of chess. In this lesson, we have an overview of some of the main tactical weapons in our chess arsenal.

Introduction to Tactics

As you improve as a chess player you will need to build your opening repertoire. In this lesson we look at some of the most important openings that need to be learned as we start on our journey to become a strong and well rounded player.

Preview 12:33
Using Your Tactical Weapons
4 Lectures 40:45

Pins are a powerful tactical weapon, which if used correctly can lead to gain of material or a breakthrough in the position. In this lesson we look at various examples of this important tactic being employed.


The fork or double attack is a very dangerous tactical weapon in large part due to the fact that it can be easily missed and multiple pieces can be targeted at the same time. In this lesson we explore various ways in which to use this important mode of attack.


The skewer is another powerful tactical weapon in chess. In this lesson we look at how to best utilize this tool against our opponent.


The discovered attack is possibly the most powerful tactic in chess if used well. Due to the deceptive nature of this weapon, opponents can be caught unawares and lose large amounts of material with a single move.

The Dreaded Discovered Attack
Planning and Attacking
4 Lectures 44:56

In this lesson we go into some detail exploring some essential opening positions and motifs. With a strong basic opening repertoire, a chess player starts out with a potential advantage in every game.

Must Know Opening Sequences

In this lesson we explore the important differences between open and closed positions with special emphasis being paid to which of these types of positions may fit our particular personality and playing style. Playing chess in a style that comes natural to us will increase our strength as players as well as our overall enjoyment of the game.

The Difference Between Open and Closed Positions

Everyone loves a great attack on the king! In this lesson we will look at some very important common attacking themes so that we can immediately begin to utilize and recognize them in our games.

Attacking the Castled King

When to trade pieces may be one of the least understood aspects of chess. In this lesson we cover some important considerations to make when evaluating a potential trade and learn some rules of thumb to help us make these critical decisions.

Trading Pieces
General Principles
5 Lectures 49:18

Psychology plays a huge role in any game of chess. In this lesson we will explore some key ideas that will help you win more games while enjoying the game more and more as you continue to improve as a player.

Chess Psychology

Perhaps less exciting than a good attack on the opponent's king, defense is equally important when it comes to winning in chess. In this lesson we look at various situations in which key defensive moves saved the game and learn how we can recognize these types of moves in our games.


The end game is perhaps the most complex aspect of chess and takes a great deal of study to understand fully. In this lesson we look at some of the key ideas when entering an endgame and learn some specific tools that will help us win more games.

End Game Considerations

Chess is a beautiful game that provides joy to millions of people throughout the globe. In this lecture we will explore some fun chess anecdotes, quotes, and amazing chess positions.

The Joy of Chess


Bonus Lecture
About the Instructor
Greg Vanderford
4.6 Average rating
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10,897 Students
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Teacher and Entrepreneur

My courses are designed based on my many years as a teacher and student of education and business. I hold a master's degree in curriculum and instruction and have been designing curricula for over a decade.

The business, language, and chess courses that I have built on Udemy are a reflection of this experience and dedication to education. My goal is to reach as many people as possible with my courses, which is why I have chosen the internet and the Udemy platform as my ideal mode of delivery.

The following is a little more about my expertise and background. I was born and raised in Sandpoint, Idaho. I attended the University of Idaho where I earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2004. After a few years in the work force as an account manager I moved to Vietnam where I lived for over 5 years.

While in Vietnam I taught English as a second language for almost 2 years to students of all ages and backgrounds. For the 3 final years that I lived there I opened and ran a sports training company called Saigon Sports Academy. We coached sports such as soccer, chess, tennis, and basketball as well as ran large sporting events such as tournaments and leagues. My positions while at the company included Director of Strategic Initiatives as well as Director of the Chess Program.

While living in Vietnam I became fluent in the Vietnamese language and developed a deep love for teaching and traveling internationally. I then came back in the United States to work on a masters degree in education so that I would be an even more effective teacher in the future. It is my wish to be a positive force for education in the world, and to inspire my current and future students to be the best that they can be in whatever they do.