Chess For Beginners


Chess is the timeless, classic game that is fun, challenging and developmentally stimulating for everyone. In this class for beginners, you will learn the rules, terminology and basic principles of this endlessly fascinating game. You will understand how to "read" the positions on the board accurately, allowing you to use tactics to implement your chosen strategies. You will develop the ability to improve your own play as you learn to think like a master. You will develop confidence, resilience and imagination. This entertaining course is presented by Steve Mann, a former Sydney Junior Champion, with over 30 years of experience in chess tuition. Steve is also an Early Childhood Educator and professional musician. It is presented in a clear, relaxed and humorous manner. Ideal for those who wish to have fun as well as bringing their skills up to club level. Suitable for absolutely all ages.

Westfield Penrith on Saturday

Beginning Sat, 21 Nov 2020 from 10:00:00 to 16:00:00

for 1 Day


Topics Covered include:

What is Chess? A brief history. Board set up, names/values of pieces, rules of play, chess notation, basic checkmates. Demonstration game. What are Tactics? Tactical plays: Pins, Forks, X-Rays, Discovered check, Double check. Co-ordinating the pieces. Demonstration positions/game. What is the Opening? Basic opening principles, essential do's and don'ts of the first 10 moves. Demonstration positions/game. What is a Pawn Structure? Pawn structures: Open, Semi-Open and Closed. How to adjust your play, strategies. Demonstration positions/game. What is Positional Play? Why is it so important? Assessing your position: Strong v Weak squares, Active v Passive pieces. Demonstration positions/game. What is the Middle game? Plan v No Plan How to develop a strategy. Exploring some common strategies. Demonstration positions/game. Why attack? Forcing moves. Gaining the Initiative. Exploring common patterns of attack on the castled king. Demonstration positions/game. We explore a variety of Openings by White. King pawn, Queen pawn and miscellaneous first moves. Open, Semi-Open and Closed Openings. Understanding the strategic principals of each one. Demonstration positions/game. What is a Defence? Specific defences v defensive systems. What's the difference? Open, Semi-Open and Closed defences. Finding a method that suits your playing style. Demonstration positions/game. What is the endgame? How and when to transpose to an endgame. Basic endgame examples. Demonstration positions/game.

Course Outcome

Students will have a sound understanding of chess principles and the ability to further develop their chess skills themselves.

On the first session bring

A pen, exercise book and a full size chess set (if available) some chess sets provided. $5

Items to be purchased during the course


Special Issues To Note

NCC Code: 96CHEW420



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