Chess Tactics Essentials

An Easy Guide in Chess Tactics
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  • Lectures 25
  • Contents Video: 2.5 hours
    Other: 16 mins
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 9/2014 English

Course 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)

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What are the requirements?

  • Basic knowledge of how all of the chess pieces move.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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.

What 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.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
03:52

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

03:08

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.

Section 2: Pins
01:44

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

04:35

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

03:16

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

11:45

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

17:05

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!

5 pages

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

Section 3: Forks
01:42

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

16:14

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

07:21

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!

5 pages

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

Section 4: Skewers
01:22

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

06:58

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

08:32

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!

Worksheets
4 pages
Section 5: Discoveries
02:51

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

21:45

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

10:27

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!

1 page

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

Section 6: Removing the Guard
01:32

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

08:27

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

12:30

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!

1 page

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

Section 7: Conclusion
01:10

A final goodbye with suggestions for future improvement.

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Instructor Biography

Brendan J. Norman, Professional Chess Coach for 10+ Years!

I have been teaching chess to children and adults in private and groups for over 10 years.

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

My courses reflect this serious passion for chess and desire for wanting to guide my pupils to a high level of chess play and I really look forward to meeting new students from all over.

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)

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