Level 1 - Beginner Course

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Map the chess board, get to know the chess pieces.
1. The Chessboard and the Pieces
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Learn the moves to make your pieces obey you all the time.
2. How the Pieces Move
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There are special moves many amateurs do not know. What about you?
3. Special Moves
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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.
4. The Life of a Chess King
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Let's start with the most simple positions, practice giving mate in one move.
5. Mate in One Move
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The queen is a really mobile piece, it is easy to give mate with a queen. Or not?
6. Mate by a Queen
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The rook is also a quick moving piece and can give mate - with the support of your own king. But how?
7. Mate by a Rook
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Can you not give mate with two bishops? You can learn how to do so here.
8. Mate by Two Bishops
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It is easier to give mate with several pieces, still, you have to know how. Have a look.
9. Basic Mate Configurations
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A good start of a game is the first step toward victory. Learn the secrets.
10. Introduction to Chess Openings
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The middle of the game is always very exciting. It is easy to gain a decisive advantage or to make a mistake.
11. Introduction to Chess Middlegames
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Winning, losing or draw? There are more possibilities than you would imagine.
12. How a Game Can End
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Figure out a winning plan and realise it. Make combinations.
13. Combination basics
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A sacrifice is one of the most beautiful things in chess. Sacrifice your pieces and win the game.
14. The Sacrifice
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Learn how you can deflect your opponent's defending pieces to achieve victory.
15. The Deflection
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Force your opponent's figures to move to a poisoned square and win the game nicely.
16. The Decoy
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A pin is a dangerous weapon in chess, so you had better prepare thoroughly.
17. The Pin and the Skewer
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Learning some never-failing methods is not harmful.
18. Typical Combinations 1
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Some more never-failing methods, you cannot have too much of a good thing.
19. Typical Combinations 2
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The army has to march for the battle but it does matter how.
20. Development Tales
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The safety of the king is above anything else. We show you how to protect the king.
21. The Safety of the King
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The middle of the board plays an important role in the whole game. It has to be occupied but how?
22. The Center
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Activity is also important in chess. Make the best use of the power of your pieces.
23. Activity
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Pawns sometimes charge, sometimes build a defending wall. It will be you who decides which is better now.
24. Pawn Structures
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At the end of the game there are fewer pieces but no fewer beautiful solutions.
25. Introduction to Chess Endgames
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The pawns are the protagonists in endgames. You can win easily with your pawns if you know the ropes.
26. The Basics of Pawn Endgames 1
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Learn some more tricks in a pawn endgame.
27. The Basics of Pawn Endgames 2
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Rooks are also frequent players in endgames. You will be able to do wonders with rooks if you learn some basic ideas.
28. The Basics of Rook Endgames
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Knights move slowly, which is not advantageous in the endgame, still, if you know some stunts they will get wings.
29. The Basics of Knight Endgames
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Bishops can move on opposite colours, which makes the end of the battle extremely interesting.
30. The Basics of Bishop Endgames
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The omnipotent queens are the ladies of the endgame but if you know their weak points you can cajole them.
31. The Basics of Queen Endgames
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Free movement lead to quick and dangerous battles. Is it your style, perhaps?
32. Open Positions
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Have the opposing forces stiffened? Is winning possible?
33. Closed Positions
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Manoeuvring is the most important thing in semi-open positions. Learn how to do it.
34. Semi-open Positions
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Feints have already won many a war. You should also use them.
35. Gambits
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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.
36. Beginner Course - Achievement Test
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