Chess For Beginners


Have you always wanted to play chess but just found it too difficult to learn? Perhaps you haven’t played for years and need a refresher. This entertaining course is presented by Steve Mann, a former Sydney Junior Chess Champion with over 30 years of experience in chess tuition. This course is designed specifically for beginners who have little or no previous experience. Steve will unlock the basic secrets of chess for you in a clear, relaxed and enthusiastic manner. Ideal for those who wish to have fun as well as challenging their brain cells! Steve is also an Early Childhood Educator and professional musician.

Online Penrith on Friday

Beginning 29/10/2021 from 15:30:00 to 17:30:00

for 8 Weeks


Topics Covered include:

1 Students Q+A, a brief history of chess, board set-up, algebraic notation, map co-ordinates, names and moves of each piece, basic rules, check and checkmate positions level 1. 2 Brief revision of previous week What are Tactics? Forks, Pins, Skewers, X Rays, Discovered Attack, Double Check etc. Check and check mate positions – level 2 3 Understanding the King’s role in the endgame Understanding the pawn’s role in the endgame 4 What is a pawn structure? Pawns chains Weak and strong squares How does it affect piece play? 5 Developing pieces Controlling the centre Gaining space King safety 6 e4 strategies Gioucco Piano Ruy Lopez Misc 7 d4 strategies Queen's Gambit London System Jobava System Colle System Catalan 8 Basic principles defending against e4 Classical ..e5 French Defence Caro Kann Defence Sicilian Defence 9 Basic principles defending against d4 QGA/QGD Nimzo Indian Defence 10 Review King and Pawn Endgames Bishop/Knight Endgames Rook Endgames

Course Outcome

Students will have the skills and confidence to play chess privately or socially. They will be able to understand chess literature and know how to engage in online chess activities.

On the first session bring

Pen and a notebook

Items to be purchased during the course

Pen and a notebook - $5

Special Issues To Note

NCC Code: 85CHEA421



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