Manual for chess trainers Step 2

  • Manual for chess trainers Step 2

Manual for chess trainers Step 2

180 pages with drawings

The 'real' work begins in the second step. After the rules of the game and the basic skills from the previous step, the first principles of tactics and positional play are on the program now.
We are going to teach attacking techniques and how to win material in a clever way. Tactics are very important in playing chess. The tactical possibilities seen by advanced chess players originate from good positional play; in the case of the students of step two they come out of thin air. At this level all games are decided by tactics, so it is logical to pay a lot of attention to this matter. Positional play is still less important at this level than tactics. The problem is that to introduce even the most simple positional concepts is aiming too high. This introduction is made in the second step, but at the beginning it is better to point out the positional elements when analysing the children's games.


Introductory articles about:

  • The chess development of a child
  • The characteristic features of children's play
  • The sequence of the material
  • Teaching
  • Discussing the games of the children

For the students almost everything is new in the second step. That is why there is a smaller number of lessons than in the other steps.
1: Activity of pieces
2: Double attack: queen (1)
3: Double attack: queen (2)
4: The pin
5: Elimination of the defence
6: The 3 golden rules
7: Mate in two
8: Double attack: knight
9: Mating with the rook
10: Double attack: RBQK
11: Discovered attack
12: Defending against mate
13: The short notation

Further 9 lessons for the plus workbook.

1+: Mate
2+: Pawn endings
3+: The opening
4+: Defending
5+: Route planner
6+: Working out mate
7+: Stalemate
8+: Winning material
9+: Playing rules

Comparing with other books for beginners the step-by-step method introduces an unique sequence of the teaching material. Learning how to mate is postponed as long as possible. This sounds astonishing and even incredible but up till now, practice has shown that this approach works perfectly. Children learn to play chess very well, for sure if they get enough time in between to play and practice.


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