Free Chess Course for Intermediate Players

Note: If you are fairly new to chess, then check out my free chess course for beginners.

This free online chess course is aimed at the late-beginner to intermediate level chess players. The course will help you understand the fundamentals of chess strategy.

An in-depth study of the chess lessons below will provide you with the essential knowledge you need to become a much stronger chess player.

The “7-Skills” Chess Training Model

Here’s a summary of the 7 fundamental chess skills you should focus your training on.


The Free Chess Course for Intermediate Players

  1. Introduction to the free chess course –
  2. Why understanding the objectives in chess is so important
  3. Introduction to the 5 main objectives of a chess game
  4. Objectives in Chess: Material Advantage
  5. How to use a material advantage in chess
  6. How to use a local majority of force to create a material advantage
  7. 6 Ways to achieve a material advantage in chess
  8. How to play in chess positions that feature material imbalances
  9. Objectives in Chess: Piece-activity and development
  10. The importance of coordination in piece-development
  11. Piece-development: How to give useful roles to your pieces
  12. Chess Openings: Which pieces should be developed first?
  13. Chess Strategies: Accumulating small advantages in development
  14. 5 Ways to achieve your development objective in chess
  15. The Pawns: Their strengths and weaknesses
  16. The Knights: Their strengths and weaknesses
  17. The Bishops: Their strengths and weaknesses
  18. The Rooks: Their strengths and weaknesses
  19. The Queen: Her strengths and weaknesses
  20. The King: His strengths and weaknesses
  21. Objectives in Chess: Control the Centre
  22. How to measure center-control in chess
  23. The advantages of centralizing your chess pieces
  24. 5 Ways to increase your control over the centre
  25. Objectives in Chess: Keep the king safe
  26. 5 Ways to achieve your king-safety objective in chess
  27. Objectives in Chess: Keep a strong pawn-structure
  28. Why a strong pawn-structure is a valuable asset
  29. 5 Ways to achieve your pawn-structure objectives
  30. How to evaluate a chess position
  31. How to evaluate progress in the material objective
  32. How to evaluate progress in the development objective
  33. How to evaluate progress in the center-control objective
  34. How to evaluate progress in the king-safety objective
  35. How to evaluate progress in the pawn-structure objective
  36. The role of intuition in evaluating a chess position
  37. The idea of compensation in evaluating a chess position
  38. Example of the complete chess evaluation process

Get your copy of the 7 skills training model

Download this helpful summary of the important skills you need to train!

7 chess skills training model 360

If you completed all the lessons in this free chess course, and if you have not done so yet, I highly recommend you do the 10-Day Chess Challenge. It is a great way to further improve your calculation and evaluation skill.