Chess Tactics Essentials
4.5 (350 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.
12,088 students enrolled
Wishlisted Wishlist

Please confirm that you want to add Chess Tactics Essentials to your Wishlist.

Add to Wishlist

Chess Tactics Essentials

An Easy Guide in Chess Tactics
4.5 (350 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.
12,088 students enrolled
Created by Brendan J. Norman
Last updated 9/2014
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Students will learn to recognize and employ the most frequently occurring chess tactics.
  • Students will be ready for more advanced learning and stronger chess opponents.
  • Students will be tournament ready.
View Curriculum
Requirements
  • Basic knowledge of how all of the chess pieces move.
Description

Are you a beginning or hobby chess player who wants to start winning a LOT more games?

"Chess is 99 percent tactics." - Richard Teichmann

This course breaks down the most frequent (yet powerful!) chess tactics so that anybody can pick them up and employ them against their opponents.

You will be learning these powerful chess tactics from a professional chess coach of more than 10 years who truly takes his students results seriously.

Each lecture has a companion PDF in the supplementary materials section which is highly recommended to be studied with the lecture over-the-board.

Students who use both the video lecture and its PDF companion will reap the best rewards in terms of their playing level and tactical ability but simply watching the lectures alone will still substantially boost any chess player's tactical level and practical results.

If you need an extra nudge into the course, just listen to some of my wonderful student's kind words! :)

“By the way you give great lessons, my elo raised by 50 in 2 days of following your videos and posts, great stuff, keep it up!” - N. Tomasevic (Serbia)

“You are a wonderful chess coach. Your passion for the game and dedication to your students’ improvement are only some of the factors as to why more people need such great guidance.
I only had like 10 lessons with you and in less than 3 weeks my rating jumped 200-300 points on chess dot com.” -
E. Franca (Australia)

“To have a one on one conversation with Brendan is like having my mind open tenfold.
His patience, knowledge, enthusiasm, perseverance, speed of thought have me in awe.
You’re not playing chess if you haven’t talked to Brendan. I have regained speed of thought through his coaching, and, yes, points too.” -
T. Kaufman (France)

Ready to get started? Click "Take this course" now and we'll begin!

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginning/hobby chess players and tournament players below 1600 ELO
  • Anybody who wants to improve their chess in a substantial way.
Students Who Viewed This Course Also Viewed
Curriculum For This Course
25 Lectures
02:42:16
+
Introduction
2 Lectures 07:00

In this lecture I welcome students to the course and breakdown what is to come.

Introduction
03:52

If you're going to force your opponent with tactics, you need to know the true value of the chess pieces...this lecture explains this in detail.

Piece Values
03:08
+
Pins
6 Lectures 38:25

This lecture breaks down and defines what exactly a pin is.

What is a pin?
01:44

Explains and breaks down the two types of pins and their strengths and weaknesses.

Two types of pin
04:35

This lecture will show you how exactly to use a pin once you have spotted the opportunity.

How to exploit a pin
03:16

Get focussed for this one! I'll be going through the tactics at rapid fire pace. Call out answers aloud.

Drills
11:45

In this lecture I'll show you a small selection of beautiful games where the winning side used our winning tactic...See if you can spot it in advance!

Illustrative Games
17:05

These are the worksheets you will do to reinforce the lesson content, please complete them all. :)

Worksheets
5 pages
+
Forks
4 Lectures 25:17

This lecture breaks down and defines what exactly a fork is.

What is a fork?
01:42

Get focused for this one! I'll be going through the tactics at rapid fire pace. Call out answers aloud.

Drills
16:14

In this lecture I'll show you a small selection of beautiful games where the winning side used our winning tactic...See if you can spot it in advance!

Illustrative Games
07:21

These are the worksheets you will do to reinforce the lesson content, please complete them all. :)

Worksheets
5 pages
+
Skewers
4 Lectures 16:52

This lecture breaks down and defines what exactly a skewer is.

What is a skewer?
01:22

Get focused for this one! I'll be going through the tactics at rapid fire pace. Call out answers aloud.

Drills
06:58

In this lecture I'll show you a small selection of beautiful games where the winning side used our winning tactic...See if you can spot it in advance!

Illustrative Games
08:32

Worksheets
4 pages
+
Discoveries
4 Lectures 35:03

This lecture breaks down and defines what exactly a discovery tactic is.

What is a discovery?
02:51

Get focused for this one! I'll be going through the tactics at rapid fire pace. Call out answers aloud.

Drills
21:45

In this lecture I'll show you a small selection of beautiful games where the winning side used our winning tactic...See if you can spot it in advance!

Illustrative Games
10:27

These are the worksheets you will do to reinforce the lesson content, please complete them all. :)

Worksheets
1 page
+
Removing the Guard
4 Lectures 22:29

This lecture breaks down and defines what exactly "removing the guard" is.

What is removing the guard?
01:32

Get focused for this one! I'll be going through the tactics at rapid fire pace. Call out answers aloud.

Drills
08:27

In this lecture I'll show you a small selection of beautiful games where the winning side used our winning tactic...See if you can spot it in advance!

Illustrative Games
12:30

These are the worksheets you will do to reinforce the lesson content, please complete them all. :)

Worksheets
1 page
+
Conclusion
1 Lecture 01:10

A final goodbye with suggestions for future improvement.

Conclusion
01:10
About the Instructor
Brendan J. Norman
4.5 Average rating
350 Reviews
12,088 Students
1 Course
Owner of ChessnCognac & Pro Chess Coach for 10+ Years!

Owner of the world's best chess blog (ChessnCognac) and a high impact "out of the box" chess coach for over 10 years.

I have a long tournament experience and I take your chess training/improvement very seriously.

Are you ready to add a new dimension to your chess and have former rivals humiliated by your terrifying new skills?

Take my course and get started!

Here are some testimonials from my previous and current pupils:

I am very happy with your coaching style the past 6 months. History does remind me that you coached me when i was a 12 year old boy. But several years in the future your knowledge and tips have really helped me grow in my chess ability. I am able to play more aggressively and tear apart opposition who are faint hearted. I thank you for the rating gains over the past 6 months, 400 points in online blitz is a clear example of this and my ACF and Fide are around 1600. The rating goal of 2000 is looking promising. - Justin Dingley (Australia)

“By the way you give great lessons, my elo raised by 50 in 2 days of following your videos and posts, great stuff, keep it up!”- N. Tomasevic (Serbia)

“To have a one on one conversation with Brendan is like having my mind open tenfold. His patience, knowledge, enthusiasm, perseverance, speed of thought have me in awe. You’re not playing chess if you haven’t talked to Brendan. I have regained speed of thought through his coaching, and, yes, points too.”- T. Kaufman (France)

Brendan's methodical approach helped me improve my game 100+ points in two weeks. My understanding and pattern recognition in critical positions is vastly improved and my progress isnt slowing down. Brendan really puts in the time to explain common ideas and encourages a passion for the game of chess. 10/10 Best teacher of the game. - Peter Warren (Australia)