Understanding Material In Chess

Learn how to get ahead in material and win more chess games!
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Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (68 ratings)
5,258 students
46min of on-demand video
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Students will have learned the chess material count and will be able to make better decisions involving piece trades. This will help beginning chess players (under 1000 Elo rating) win more games.


  • Make sure you know the rules of chess before starting this course.


This free chess course by Chess University serves as an  introduction to material for novice chess players. This course is aimed  at players in the 500-1000 Elo rating range and includes:

Video Lesson #1: “Why Material Matters” by FM Dalton Perrine.

Video Lesson #2: “Getting Ahead and Maintaining Material” by FM Arne Jochens. 

Who this course is for:

  • This course is suitable for beginner chess players wanting to improve their play. The focus is on understanding material in chess and how to apply related concepts in your own games.


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Chess University, Inc. is the world’s foremost online chess academy with over 30,000 members. We offer online chess lessons, chess camps, single-day seminars, chess-in-schools programs, simultaneous exhibitions with grandmasters, and comprehensive online courses such as the Prodigy Program. Our ensemble team of instructors includes the world’s greatest chess players and coaches such as five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand and world's best-selling online chess coach Kairav Joshi.

Our courses on Udemy will be taught by Kairav Joshi, FIDE-Master Dalton Perrine, FIDE-Master Arne Jochens, and International Master Kostya Kavutskiy, all renown online chess instructors.

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