Beginner Class Description
Posted: 8/28/2015

Beginner Class Description


  • Rules of the game: how pawns/pieces move & capture; what is attack, castle, 'en passant', pawn promotion; check; checkmate; notation – I.e. The “abc’s” of chess.


  • Basic strategy:
    1. checkmate -or the goal of the game
    2. development of pieces (more squares means stronger pieces)
    3. stalemate
    4. capturing the opponent’s pieces
    5. piece value (absolute, and relative)


  • Check Mate Concepts (The common‘how to's”)

a)      mate with queen & king against king

b)      mate with 2 rooks, or 1 rook 1 queen (Ladder mate)

c)       mate with 1 rook and king against king

d)      mate traps in the beginning of the game (scholar’s, fool’s, Legal’s)

e)      mate traps in the middle game (Batteries, plus Smother, anastasia, Arabian, etc.)

·     Basic End-Of-Game principles

a)      King becomes strong at end-of the game

b)      Pawn & King against King (opposition, flanking)

c)       Simple end-game positions for practice


  • Chess Tournaments
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