Learn To Play Winning Chess!
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Learn To Play Winning Chess!

Nine videos guaranteed to transform you from a complete beginner to a tactically aware chess player.
4.5 (27 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
226 students enrolled
Created by Mike Cuggy
Last updated 7/2014
English [Auto-generated]
Current price: $13.99 Original price: $19.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 23 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • By the end of this course you will have acquired a thorough understanding of how chess games are played and be more than capable of winning your fair share of the games you play.
  • You'll have had a lot of fun learning this marvellous game
  • Non-chess players think chess is hard so you'll be regarded as hyper-intelligent
  • Members of the opposite sex will think you're amazing!
  • You'll be ready to play online against people all over the world
  • ...and chess will be your friend for the rest of your life
  • Other than a desire to learn how to play (and to win) this wonderful game, you don't need any materials (other than something to write down your answers to the 'Has It Stuck?' questions)
  • An attention span sufficient to last for the duration of 5 to 10 minute videos ;)

What is this course about?
This is a complete guide to understanding and playing the game of chess; from the correct way to set up the board through to tactical ideas and the various ways to win the game.
How is the course delivered?
After the introduction video there are eight instruction videos followed by a course review video. These are in the form of slide presentations with 'voice-over' coaching. Each of the instruction videos is accompanied by a self-test question paper, an answer sheet and a key points summary sheet so that you can check your understanding along the way and have a 'hard copy' of the main learning points.
How long will the course take to complete?
The course is presented in 'bite-sized' pieces, each video lasting between five and ten minutes. The total video time is 70 minutes but you'll also be completing self-test question papers each containing ten questions, you'll be checking your answers against the provided answer sheets and reading the key points summary sheets. If you covered all of that in the one sitting it would take around two and a half hours.
Why take this course?
You'll want to take this course if you want to learn how to play what is unquestionably the best board game ever devised. This course will give you an accurate and solid grounding in all the rules and general principles of sound play and you'll find that, although becoming a very strong chess player can take years, learning how to play is easy.
Learning to play chess is like finding a new friend - one who's always there for you and who will give you a lifetime of pleasure.
'Chess, like love, is infectious at any age.' Salo Flohr - Soviet International Chess Master

In the video 'Learn to play winning chess! - Introduction'

A sincere welcome and an overview of the course content.

In the video 'How to correctly set up the board and the chess pieces ...'

  • The correct way to set up the board and the pieces at the start of the game.
  • The object of the game and the importance of King safety.
  • How to record chess games -and why it's so useful.
  • 'Has it Stuck?' quiz.
  • Answer sheet
  • Key Points Summary sheet

In the video 'The Major Pieces'

  • The power of the Queen and the vital importance of the King.
  • 'Check' and the priority of escaping from it.
  • The three ways of escaping from it.
  • The Rook and how it moves
  • King and Queen checkmating a lone King
  • Double Rook checkmate
  • 'Has it Stuck?' quiz.
  • Answer Sheet
  • Key Points Summary

In the video 'The Minor Pieces'

  • Bishops and Knights - Their strengths and limitations
  • 'Smothered Mate'.
  • 'Has it Stuck?' quiz
  • Answer Sheet
  • Key Points Summary.

In the video 'The Power of the Pawns'

  • The common misconception of their lowly status.
  • How Pawns move - including their initial move and how they capture.
  • Pawn formations - strengths and weaknesses
  • Pawn promotion.
  • Pawns in attack and defence.
  • The en passant capture.
  • 'Has it Stuck?' quiz.
  • Answer sheet
  • Key Points Summary

In the video 'Protecting Your King'

  • The purpose of castling.
  • When castling is not allowed.
  • The relative values of the pieces
  • 'Has it Stuck?' quiz.
  • Answer sheet
  • Key Points Summary

In the video 'Delivering Checkmate!'

  • Various checkmates in different phases of the game
  • 'Pawn storm' mates
  • Back rank mate
  • Stalemate
  • 'Has it Stuck?' quiz.
  • Answer sheet
  • Key Points Summary

In the video 'How To Play The Opening'

  • The three aims of the opening phase
  • The Italian Opening example
  • 'Has It Stuck?' quiz
  • Answer sheet
  • Key Points Summary

In the video 'Win Your Games Using These Tactical Themes'

  • Various examples of material winning tactics e.g. Forks, Pins and Skewers
  • Discovered Attacks, Discovered Checks and Double Checks
  • 'Has it Stuck?' quiz (using positions from actual games).
  • Answer sheet

In the video 'Course Review'

  • Congratulations!
  • Review and consolidation of all areas covered.
  • Recommendations for future improvement
Who this course is for:
  • This course is intended for anyone who has never played chess or who feels that their understanding of the game needs to be refreshed. No previous chess knowledge is required.
  • 7 years old?... This course is designed with you in mind
  • 97 years old?... Where've you been? Catch up now!
  • Ladies - Here's a game you can play on equal terms.
  • Guys - Learn to play this game before the ladies make you look silly!
Course content
Expand all 10 lectures 01:13:50
+ So - What's it all about?
1 lecture 03:01

This is a brief introduction to the course, outlining its content and explaining what you will be able to do after completing it.

Preview 03:01
+ The Battlefield
1 lecture 06:42

This video covers the importance of setting up the board correctly for the start of the game. You will learn how to record your games and why that's important if you want to continue to improve after you finish the course.

Preview 06:42
+ Six different groovy movers
3 lectures 24:49

This video explains how the major pieces move, how they capture your opponent's pieces and their greater powers when they have a more central position. The concepts of 'check' and 'checkmate' are introduced - with examples of a King assisting a Queen to deliver checkmate and a double Rook checkmate.

Preview 09:17

In this video the different strengths and limitations of Bishops and Knights are explained and there's an example of a rare 'smothered checkmate'.

The Minor Pieces

The myth of the 'unimportant Pawn' is exploded in this video. The Pawn's strength when either attacking or defending is explained, as are the strengths and weaknesses of different Pawn formations. Pawn chains, isolated Pawns, doubled Pawns and passed Pawns are covered as is the en passant Pawn capture rule and the unique Pawn promotion capability which Pawns possess.

The Power Of The Pawns
+ All about regicide. ('Reggy who?')
2 lectures 15:03

This video begins with a guide to the relative values of all the pieces and explains that these values can change according to the position on the board. The special King move 'Castling' is explained; how it's performed and the rules which apply to it.

Protecting Your King!

How to win the game! Various checkmate positions are covered, from Fools Mate and Scholars Mate to major and minor piece mates and castled position mates. The concept of 'Stalemate' is also demonstrated.

Delivering Checkmate!
+ You're in a fight! Don't act like a wimp!
1 lecture 08:40

How to play The Opening so as to enter the Middlegame in a promising position. The three main objectives of the opening (central control, piece development and King protection) and how purposeless play is punished.

How To Play The Opening
+ Tactical tricks and traps
1 lecture 10:10

This video covers the main tactical 'tricks and traps' to watch out for; opportunities for you to win material and dangers to be aware of. Various Forks, Pins (absolute and relative), Skewers, Discovered Attacks, Discovered Checks and Double Checks are all demonstrated.

Win Your Games Using These Tactical Themes
+ So that's what it's all about
1 lecture 05:25

This video reviews all of the material covered and affirms that you are now able to play and beat all but the strongest chess players. It stresses that you should now play as much chess as possible (by joining a chess club and/or playing chess online against players from all over the world).

Course Review