Chess: How to Beat Friends and Checkmate People

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What’s it all about?

One of the most popular games in the history of the world. Chess is a rich and rewarding game that will challenge you mentally while testing your competitive spirit.

This class is for everyone! For those who know the moves and are looking to learn tactical secrets, sneaky openings and endgame principles; a valuable refresher for those who want to master the fundamentals; or a comprehensive overview for players who want to (affectionately) crush friends and family. Suitable for players of all ages and skill levels, but perfect for those who know the basics yet know there’s more to learn!

What we will cover?

We will start with a quick introduction to the pieces and their values, and then the class will be structured just like a chess game.

  • Opening: The three golden rules (and how to punish those who don’t follow them). Opening traps and quick kills.
  • Middlegame: Tactical motifs, and how to exploit them. Forks, pins, skewers and other useful pointed battle implements.
  • Endgame: How to close the deal – basic mating patterns and the importance of pawns.

Come with any questions and a playful attitude. We will provide boards, playing pieces and answers!

Who will be teaching?

Rafael is a certified coach for ChessKids Australia, teaching in schools, clubs and online. He has experience with students from the age of 6 to 80. Also an avid writer of poetry, short stories and nonfiction, his work appears in publications online and around the world.