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LEVEL 1 - BEGINNER COURSE

Would you like to play chess but you are an absolute beginner or only know the moves? This course is just for you. Your strength may reach 1400 Rating points if you take it.

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1. THE CHESSBOARD AND THE PIECES

Map the chess board, get to know the chess pieces.

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2. HOW THE PIECES MOVE

Learn the moves to make your pieces obey you all the time.

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3. SPECIAL MOVES

There are special moves many amateurs do not know. What about you?

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4. THE LIFE OF A CHESS KING

Take a glance at the not so simple private life of a king. Lead an attack but be careful, because you may also get in danger.

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5. MATE IN ONE MOVE

Let's start with the most simple positions, practice giving mate in one move.

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6. MATE BY A QUEEN

The queen is a really mobile piece, it is easy to give mate with a queen. Or not?

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7. MATE BY A ROOK

The rook is also a quick moving piece and can give mate - with the support of your own king. But how?

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8. MATE BY TWO BISHOPS

Can you not give mate with two bishops? You can learn how to do so here.

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9. BASIC MATE CONFIGURATIONS

It is easier to give mate with several pieces, still, you have to know how. Have a look.

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10. INTRODUCTION TO CHESS OPENINGS

A good start of a game is the first step toward victory. Learn the secrets.

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11. INTRODUCTION TO CHESS MIDDLEGAMES

The middle of the game is always very exciting. It is easy to gain a decisive advantage or to make a mistake.

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12. HOW A GAME CAN END

Winning, losing or draw? There are more possibilities than you would imagine.

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13. COMBINATION BASICS

Figure out a winning plan and realise it. Make combinations.

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14. THE SACRIFICE

A sacrifice is one of the most beautiful things in chess. Sacrifice your pieces and win the game.

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15. THE DEFLECTION

Learn how you can deflect your opponent's defending pieces to achieve victory.

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16. THE DECOY

Force your opponent's figures to move to a poisoned square and win the game nicely.

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17. THE PIN AND THE SKEWER

A pin is a dangerous weapon in chess, so you had better prepare thoroughly.

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18. TYPICAL COMBINATIONS 1

Learning some never-failing methods is not harmful.

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19. TYPICAL COMBINATIONS 2

Some more never-failing methods, you cannot have too much of a good thing.

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20. DEVELOPMENT TALES

The army has to march for the battle but it does matter how.

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21. THE SAFETY OF THE KING

The safety of the king is above anything else. We show you how to protect the king.

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22. THE CENTER

The middle of the board plays an important role in the whole game. It has to be occupied but how?

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23. ACTIVITY

Activity is also important in chess. Make the best use of the power of your pieces.

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24. PAWN STRUCTURES

Pawns sometimes charge, sometimes build a defending wall. It will be you who decides which is better now.

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25. INTRODUCTION TO CHESS ENDGAMES

At the end of the game there are fewer pieces but no fewer beautiful solutions.

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26. THE BASICS OF PAWN ENDGAMES 1

The pawns are the protagonists in endgames. You can win easily with your pawns if you know the ropes.

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27. THE BASICS OF PAWN ENDGAMES 2

Learn some more tricks in a pawn endgame.

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28. THE BASICS OF ROOK ENDGAMES

Rooks are also frequent players in endgames. You will be able to do wonders with rooks if you learn some basic ideas.

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29. THE BASICS OF KNIGHT ENDGAMES

Knights move slowly, which is not advantageous in the endgame, still, if you know some stunts they will get wings.

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30. THE BASICS OF BISHOP ENDGAMES

Bishops can move on opposite colours, which makes the end of the battle extremely interesting.

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31. THE BASICS OF QUEEN ENDGAMES

The omnipotent queens are the ladies of the endgame but if you know their weak points you can cajole them.

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32. OPEN POSITIONS

Free movement lead to quick and dangerous battles. Is it your style, perhaps?

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33. CLOSED POSITIONS

Have the opposing forces stiffened? Is winning possible?

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34. SEMI-OPEN POSITIONS

Manoeuvring is the most important thing in semi-open positions. Learn how to do it.

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35. GAMBITS

Feints have already won many a war. You should also use them.

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36. BEGINNER COURSE - ACHIEVEMENT TEST

The main role is yours now. If you have gone through the previous lessons thoroughly, then solving the test will be no problem, however, mind the time.

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