Chess resources and links
The links that follow are organized from beginner to intermediate. Many
have exercises that a new chess player can work on with the help of a more
experienced player, or that a child can work on with their parent, whether the
parent knows chess or not. They are designed to be photocopied, handed
out, and explained in person. They fill the page they're printed on and
are packed with information. You are free to use the pdf files (links in bold) we developed for
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/ Copyright 2006 Craig L. Zirbel
- Basic chess rules
introduces the pieces, how they move, how they capture, check and checkmate,
stalemate and draws, point values, and a little bit of algebraic chess
notation. Read about chess online at
Wikipedia. It is loaded with information and good links. Learn how to play chess at
that is good for parents. It will literally talk you through dozens
of basic topics. It also has lots of exercises.
- How many moves can you make? is a simple exercise in counting how
many spaces each piece can move to, depending on where it is on the board.
this link to professorchess.com for an exercise on spotting checkmate,
stalemate, or a possible move for the black king. It is good for
students who have just learned how the pieces move.
- Checkmating patterns lets
beginners simply set up pieces to checkmate the black king. Later they
can learn how to play the endgame, for now, they just need to know what the
very end will look like.
- One move checkmates
is a set of nine puzzles to recognize how to checkmate the opposing king.
They are fairly realistic situations.
Solutions here. Practice more
- Protecting pieces and
trading helps beginners recognize the value of protecting pieces, not
hanging them, and discusses the concept of trading pieces and the value of the
pieces. Practice spotting hanging pieces
- Pawn Structure follows up on the
previous handout by explaining how pawns protect one another in diagonal
- King and rook endgames
introduces two ways for a king and rook to checkmate a king. Parents can
easily play the role of the endangered king and run around the board for hours
until the new player learns to think ahead enough to force checkmate.
This is a great chance for students to practice thinking ahead: If I do
this, what will my opponent do? Practice checkmating online:
king and two rooks |
king and queen |
king and rook |
and two bishops
- King and pawn endgame exercises
concern how to use a king and one or more pawns, promote a pawn, perhaps to a
rook, to lead to a king and rook endgame.
- Forks, pins, and skewers
introduces some middle game tactics that can be used to gain an advantage.
Prevent your opponent from using these against you! Practice pins
- Bobby Fischer
game and annotation of games introduces algebraic chess notation, how
to record the moves in a game, and how to re-play the game and analyze the
moves. It illustrates with the 1956 "Game of the Century" between Donald
Byrne and Bobby Fischer. Read about the game
and follow the moves
bottom of this page. If you want to see more games,
- Three openings illustrates three
common ways for chess games to start
- If you want to set up chess board positions,
use this site
with Internet Explorer. You can save it to your hard drive, too.
On a PC, press Alt-PrtScr to copy the window so you can paste it into Paint or
Word or an email.
- Chess score sheet gives you
a nice way to keep track of your moves in a game.