Chess: How to Beat Friends & Checkmate People with Rafael

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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 who knows how the pieces move. So long as you know the basic rules you’re ready to learn tactical secrets, sneaky openings and endgame principles. It can also serve as a valuable refresher for those who’ve already mastered the fundamentals; or a comprehensive overview for players who want to (affectionately) crush friends and family.

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 chess coach and founder of He has taught in schools, clubs and online, and has experience with students from the age of 6 to 80. Current president of Frankston Chess Club, he’s always looking for ways to improve and help others do the same.

Questions about the class? Please email

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