The Easy Way to Learn and Win at Chess

20 quick lessons to get you started with chess, the world’s greatest game!
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Rating: 4.2 out of 5 (227 ratings)
9,077 students
34min of on-demand video
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Play a legal game of chess, use the three special moves, develop a general understanding of the opening and simple endings, and learn the most common tactical patterns.


  • No knowledge necessary except the desire to learn to play chess.


This complete introductory course shows all the fundamental of becoming a chess player. You'll learn how all six pieces move, the three special moves in chess, how to set up the board, how to notate a game, the various ways a game can in with a win or a tie, and also see some real0life examples of quick checkmates. In 20 short lessons, you'll be knowledgeable on all the key parts of chess and ready to learn some more advanced strategies!

Who this course is for:

  • Beginners who are either brand new to chess, or who can move the pieces but want to learn basics of chess strategy and tactics.


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  • 4.2 Instructor Rating
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  • 9,077 Students
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Chess[.]com is dedicated to chess and the millions of chess players around the globe who love the game. Play your favorite game and learn how to get better. It's easy to learn and enjoy!

Dane Mattson is a National Chess Master from Wisconsin. He is the voice and author of this chess curriculum. Dane is an ardent chess instructor, helping students reach their full potential for over 15 years. He competes in several national chess tournaments each year, and is also a tournament director and community chess organizer.

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