Chess Course

This Chess Course is broken down into 86 Lessons each lasting 60 minutes. Lessons should be taken a minimum of 2 times per week. The entire course lasts anywhere from 21-43 weeks.


Lesson 1:
Tactics: Forks
Tactics: Pins
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 2:
Tactics: Skewers
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles
Simple Checkmates: (Two Rooks, Queen next to King, back rank mates)

Lesson 3:
Tactics: Back Rank Mates
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 4:
Tactics: Discovered Checks and Attacks

Lesson 5:
Simple Checkmates: King and Rook Checkmate

Lesson 6:
Endings: Basic King and Pawn endings

Lesson 7:
Endgame: Advanced King and Pawn endings.

Lesson 8:
Openings: Aim in the opening

Lesson 9:
Tactics: Double attacks
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 10:
Tactics: Overworked defenders
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 11:
Endgame: Queen Endings

Lesson 12:
Endgame: Rook Endings

Lesson 13:
Openings: The Italian Game
Exercises: Board vision

Lesson 14:
Exercises: Go over annotated games

Lesson 15:
Openings: The Two Knight’s Defense

Lesson 16:
Tactics: mating attacks
Exercises: Go over annotated games

Lesson 17:
Tactics: Decoy/Destroy combinations
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 18:
Tactics: Checkmate combinations
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 19:
Tactics: False protections
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 20:
Exercises: Go over annotated games

Lesson 21:
Tactics: Combinations
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 22:
Exercises: Go over annotated games

Lesson 23:
Strategy: Force
Strategy: Space
Strategy: Time

Lesson 24:
Pawn Structure: Pawn structures and formations
Exercises: Go over annotated games

Lesson 25:
Openings: The Ruy Lopez

Lesson 26:
Pawn Structure: Pawn structures and formations
Pawn Structure: Outside passed pawn
Pawn Structure: passed pawns

Lesson 27:
Pawn Structure: isolated pawns
Pawn Structure: doubled and tripled pawns

Lesson 28:
Pawn Structure: pawn mobility
Pawn Structure: weak squares/strong squares
Pawn Structure: Pawn chains

Lesson 29:
Pawn Structure: Minority attack

Lesson 30:
Strategy: Bad / good bishop

Lesson 31:
Pawn Structure: weak pawns
Pawn Structure: blockaded pawns

Lesson 32:
Pawn Structure: hanging pawns
Pawn Structure: Pawn salient

Lesson 33:
Pawn Structure: Backward pawns
Pawn Structure: pawn islands

Lesson 34:
Pawn Structure: central majority
Pawn Structure: Pawn minority

Lesson 35:
Endgame: Bishop and pawn

Lesson 36:
Endgame: Minor piece

Lesson 37:
Endgame: Rook and Pawn

Lesson 38:
Endgame: Rook and Minor pieces

Lesson 39:
Endgame: Opposition

Lesson 40:
Endgame: Zugzwang
Exercises: Go over annotated game

Lesson 41:
Endgame: Triangulate

Lesson 42:
Endgame: Knight and Pawn endings
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 43:
Openings: The petroff Defense

Lesson 44:
Middlegame: attacks on the e1-h4 (e8-h5) diagonal

Lesson 45:
Tactics: Sacrifices on f7/f2

Lesson 46:
Tactics: Attacking the castled King

Lesson 47:
Tactics: Alternation

Lesson 48:
Tactics: mating attacks
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 49:
Tactics: Decoy/Destroy combinations
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 50:
Tactics: Checkmate combinations
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 51:
Tactics: False protections
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 52:
Tactics: Combinations
Tactics: Zwischenzug
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 53:
Tactics: mating attacks
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 54:
Tactics: Decoy/Destroy combinations
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 55:
Tactics: Checkmate combinations
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 56:
Tactics: False protections
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 57:
Tactics: Clearance
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 58:
Tactics: Decoy/Destroy combinations
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 59:
Exercises: Go over annotated game

Lesson 60:
Tactics: Checkmate combinations
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 61:
Tactics: False protections
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 62:
Tactics: Interference
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 63:
Tactics: mating attacks
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 64:
Tactics: Decoy/Destroy combinations
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 65:
Strategy: overprotection of center
Strategy: center attack

Lesson 66:
Strategy: exploitation of weaknesses

Lesson 67:
Strategy: open lines
Exercises: Go over annotated game

Lesson 68:
Strategy: outposts

Lesson 69:
Strategy: convert advantages

Lesson 70:
Strategy: coordination of pieces

Lesson 71:
Tactics: Checkmate combinations

Lesson 72:
Tactics: False protections

Lesson 73:
Tactics: Divert
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 74:
Strategy: Judging and Planning
Strategy: Judging and Planning in Quiet positions

Lesson 75:
Strategy: Prevention of castling

Lesson 76:
Openings: The Sicilian
Exercises: Go over annotated game

Lesson 77:
Openings: French Defense

Lesson 78:
Openings: Gambits.

Lesson 79:
Analysis: Annotating games

Lesson 80:
Analysis: Thinking ahead.
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 81:
Analysis: Evaluating positions
Exercises: Chess Tactics Puzzles

Lesson 82:
Analysis: Selection of candidate moves

Lesson 83:
Openings: The Queen’s Gambit.
Exercises: Go over annotated game

Lesson 84:
Openings: Irregular Openings
Exercises : Go over annotated game

Lesson 85:
Advanced Topics: Winning a won game
Exercises: Go over annotated game

Lesson 86:
Advanced Topics: Tournament play
Exercises: Go over annotated game

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2 thoughts on “Chess Course

  1. kushal choudhuri says:

    I am involved in running a small chess club in India, and we are trying to teach chess to kids. Admirable syllabus. Is there any course material ? How does one access the material?

    Thanks

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