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From Pawn to King: Learning the Game of Chess

Go from little knowledge to a dangerous and skillful player of the game of chess.
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Last updated 2/2015
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This course will take you from being a beginner at the game of chess to being basically proficient with it. It first teaches you the basics like the rules, and goes on to much more advanced subjects such as how to strategize, how to outsmart your opponent via tactics, and how to checkmate your opponent at the end.

If you've wanted to learn how to play chess or take it beyond a mere hobby, this course will be good for you. I am a nationally ranked chess player and have taught many people how to play a good game. I explain in simple and easy to understand ways how to play correctly.

Practice is very important, so if you are a true beginner it will be advisable to be playing games (online or in person) throughout the course so that you can truly understand and apply everything that we cover. If you have any questions I will be glad to answer them. Good luck with your chess!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for people who want to learn the game of chess. No knowledge is required as we take you through all the rules of the game. It is good for people who don't know how to play chess as well as those who do but only play it as a hobby and want to get more skilled. It takes you through being a beginner with chess principles and tactics training to make you into a dangerous player.
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What Will I Learn?
Play chess with full knowledge of all the rules
Know basic principles of the game
Spot tactics to crush other players
Have the foundation to start playing chess at a good level and win games
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  • You don't need anything except a willingness to learn.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 14 Lectures Collapse All 14 Lectures 01:37:59
Learning the Basics
3 Lectures 21:00

Learn how all the chess pieces move.

Preview 07:02

Pieces Quiz
3 questions

Learn all the rules of chess.

Preview 07:19

Rules Quiz
3 questions

Learn how to reference squares by notation and what the pieces are worth.

Notation and Piece Values
Beginning Principles
3 Lectures 20:58

Learn about the importance of tactics and how to win by taking your opponent's pieces.

Tactics and Capturing Opponent's Pieces

Learn about the three pieces of the chess game.

Phases of the Game

Learn the principles of the opening that will set you up for success.

Opening Principles

Opening Principles Quiz
5 questions
3 Lectures 19:17

Refine your tactics with these puzzles.

Tactics Puzzles 1

Continued tactics refinement.

Tactics Puzzles 2

More tactics!

Tactics Puzzles 3
3 Lectures 28:15

Learn the important principles of the middlegame.

Middlegame Strategy

Discover how to checkmate your opponent at the end of the game.

Endgame Strategy

More tactics!

Tactics Puzzles 4
Becoming a Chess Player
2 Lectures 08:29

Learn about the practical aspects of chess that are very important to successful playing.

Practical Considerations

Learn how to join tournaments and take your chess to the next level if you want to. Good luck!

Final Tips and Wrap-Up
About the Instructor
4.3 Average rating
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2,536 Students
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Chess Expert and Teacher, Investment Enthusiast

My interest in the stock market began in 2008 around the time of the financial meltdown. Over that time I have learned a lot about investing smartly and buying good companies so that you can watch your money grow over time.

I am also knowledgeable about chess, having played it since I was six years old and being ranked in the top 50 players in the country for my age. I have taught chess to many people and helped them become skilled at the game.

I have been writing since I was very young and have since started Kid Writers Magazine, a writing magazine specifically for kids. I have also written several books for kids.

Additionally I have experience with websites and website creation, creating my first web sites at eight years old and maintaining several popular sites.

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