If you want to learn the game of chess, then the free chess course for beginners (with videos) is exactly what you need!
Chess Lessons Index
- Lesson 1 – How the game of chess works
- Lesson 2 – How to make good exchanges
- Lesson 3 – How to checkmate your opponent’s king
- Lesson 4 – Special moves and other rules
- Lesson 5 – What you should do in the opening
- Lesson 6 – What you should do in the middle-game
- Lesson 7 – What you should do in the endgame
- Lesson 8 – Important tactics you should know
- Lesson 9 – The 4 most common mistakes in chess
- Lesson 10 – How chess notation works (and the 4-move checkmate)
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Here’s what you will get from the free chess course for beginners:
- Learn all the rules of the game, including special moves
- Understand important checkmate methods
- Learn about the opening, middle-game and endgame
- Master the essential tactics and strategies
- And many more secrets of chess!
- The course consist of 10 lessons. You can study the diagrams and descriptions or, if you prefer, you can watch the videos.
- Video lessons total play time: 1 hour 48 minutes
Summary of the chess course for beginners
Below is a short description of each lesson presented in the free Chess Course for Beginners. The lessons are presented in a way that is easy to understand. (It’s also an ideal opportunity for your family to learn the game).
Lesson 1 – How the game of chess works
The first lesson in this chess course is intended for anyone who knows nothing at all, or very little, about the game of chess. You will learn the names of all the pieces, how to pack the chessboard, how the pieces move and what you need to do to win a game of chess. Once you’ve mastered this lesson you will be able to play a basic game of chess.
Lesson 2 – How to make good exchanges
Each of the chess pieces have their own strengths and weaknesses. That is why the pieces also have different values. Since the chessmen will be traded at various moments in the game it’s important to understand the value of each piece. Knowing the value will help you make informed decisions and better understand strategies for winning.
Lesson 3 – How to checkmate your opponent’s king
Learning the moves of all the pieces is one thing, but a beginner chess player will quickly discover that to actually checkmate the opponent’s king is a surprisingly difficult task. In fact, without a few guidelines on how to checkmate your opponent it will be almost impossible to achieve. In this lesson you will learn a few fundamental checkmate patterns that will enable you to execute a checkmate on your opponent’s king.
Lesson 4 – Special moves and other rules you should know
By the time you reach this lesson you will already know all the basic rules and moves but there are a few special moves and rules that you should know. Some of these moves and rules are often misunderstood by those who never learnt the official rules of the game. Mastery of this lesson will give you confidence in your knowledge of the proper rules of the game, including all special moves and many of the lesser known rules.
Lesson 5 – What you should do in the opening
The opening stage consist of the first few moves on the game where both players aim to develop their pieces and prepare for the fight ahead. It’s quite normal for beginners to wonder which moves are the best at this stage. If you follow the advice in this lesson then you will know how to find good moves in the opening and at the same time you will also discover the things you shouldn’t do in the opening and the pitfalls you should avoid.
Lesson 6 – What you should do in the middle-game
Once the opening is complete, you reach the middle-game. Most of the fighting action takes place in the middle-game and during this stage you may feel overwhelmed and unsure about what to do on your next move. However, this lesson will make it all clear to you–you will discover where to focus your attention and how to find useful moves in the middle-game.
Lesson 7 – What you should do in the endgame
The endgame stage of the game is when most of the pieces and pawns have left the board and only a few remain. But don’t be deceived, just because there are only a few remaining chessmen does not mean the endgame is easy. In fact, many players who manage to do well in the opening and middle-game, often fail in the endgame. The various endgame techniques and strategies you will learn in this lesson will significantly improve your chances to emerge as the winner.
Lesson 8 – Important tactics you should know
A tactic is a move, or even a short combination of moves, whereby a player achieves an objective by exploiting certain targets in their opponent’s position. Tactics are powerful, and they lurk around every corner, which is why they bring a lot of tension, anticipation and fun to the game. One good tactical combination can determine the outcome of the game and that is why you should pay special attention to tactics. In this lesson you will learn the 4 most important tactical patterns a few techniques that could possibly help you escape if your opponent traps you in a tactic.
Lesson 9 – The 4 most common mistakes in chess
One mistake can usually end the game instantly, even if you made many good moves otherwise. Magnus Carlsen, chess world champion, once said: “I am going to make 40 good moves and I challenge my opponent to do the same!” The point here is that it isn’t easy to make 40 good moves in a row. In this lesson you will learn the 4 most common mistakes that chess players make. If you understand these types of mistakes then it will help you avoid them in your own games.
Lesson 10 How chess notation works and the 4-move checkmate
Chess notation is a method chess players use to write down their moves. In chess tournaments notation is usually mandatory. It’s a good idea to notate your moves because you can then later show your game to a coach and they can help you understand where you made mistakes and what you should have done.
In the second part of this lesson you will also learn about the 4-move checkmate. (Chances are very good that people will occasionally try the 4-move checkmate against you). You will learn how it works and how to block it if someone tries it against you.
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Once you’ve mastered the beginner lessons and have some experience behind you, then you may want to also check the free chess course for intermediate level players.