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Challenge your team with the Daily Chess Puzzles below

Click on the links below to download lessons for your team

Teaching the Basics:
Notation:
How to Read & Write Notation - Algebraic Chess Notation Introduction - Becoming Familiar with Algebraic Chess Notation
Basics:
The Board - The Pieces - En Passant - Touch Move - Basics of Defense - Material, Position, and Time
Endgame:
Check & Checkmate - Stalemate & Draws - Basic Mate: King and Queen versus King - Basic Mate: King and Rook versus King - Scholars Mate
Basic Tactics:
Forks - Pins & Skewers - Discovered Attacks - Removing the Defender

Miscellaneous Coaching Materials:
Need notation or match sheets, communication cards, etc.? Go to our Documents page!
Need help deciding on clocks to purchase? Check our Chess Clocks page!
Manual of Fundamental Chess Skills
Procedures and Rules Review
Understanding Swiss System
Understanding Tie-Breaks
Ben Franklin's "On the Morals of Chess"
For more helpful coaching resources, go to our Links & Resources page...

Suggested Books for Study:
Having a great library of chess books will allow your students to study for themselves and also allow them to progess without being limited by their coaches' accessibility or knowledge. Self-study using these coach-approved texts can be a great way to encourage your team to improve. Most of these titles can be found online for relatively small costs. Used editions are just as good and usually far less expensive.
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  • Chess Progress - by Erik Czerwin (Rockford Chess Coach!) - Click here to purchase!
    • THE ideal chess book for the beginner, THE ideal chess book for the improving player, THE ideal chess book for the teacher. Absolute beginners can learn everything they need to know in order to play chess competitively. More experienced players will encounter deeper concepts and be able to approach chess from a new perspective, enabling them to take their play to the next level. Chess coach Erik Czerwin’s unique training method begins by studying the simplest chess positions with very few pieces – and then moves on, step by step, adding more pieces to the board. Complex ideas are always built up from simpler situations, ensuring that the learning curve stays flat. With helpful exercises throughout, Chess Progress is the perfect book for every chess enthusiast.
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  • The Chess Tactics Workbook - by Al Woolum Click here to purchase
    • The Chess Tactics Workbook contains page after page of pre-created worksheets with puzzles for students to practice their chess skills. It has resources to help coaches teach the most basic skills all the way to some basic basic tactics and strategy. The exercises are expertly arranged to gradually increase difficulty while teaching students about key ideas and how to stretch their thinking just a little further. Overall, an amazing resource for any chess coach!
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  • Reassess Your Chess, 4th Edition - by Jeremy Silman
    • Jeremy Silman is not only a skilled chess player and coach, but a very accessible writer. His skill in making Grandmaster-level thinking accessible to the amateur player is unparallaled in the world of chess literature. Reassess Your Chess is a standard text for players who wish to move from the level of amateur to a more professional skill set. The 4th Edition is completely rewritten with lots of new positions and is much more focused on teaching students to use skilled planning methods.
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  • The Amateur's Mind - by Jeremy Silman
    • Jeremy Silman is not only a skilled chess player and coach, but a very accessible writer. His skill in making Grandmaster-level thinking accessible to the amateur player is unparallaled in the world of chess literature. The Amateur's Mind zeroes in on how amateur chess players think and how to adjust their thinking in order to move away from those patterns of thought. It's really an excellent tome for any developing player who has hit a wall.
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  • Silman's Complete Endgame Course - by Jeremy Silman
    • Jeremy Silman is not only a skilled chess player and coach, but a very accessible writer. His skill in making Grandmaster-level thinking accessible to the amateur player is unparallaled in the world of chess literature. The Complete Endgame Course is designed for any player to study endgame theory in great detail. Each section is divided by the level of player (by rating) that should understand those concepts. Players can read a single lesson, an entire section, or the entire book. No matter how the book is used, it is simply the most comprehensive collection of endgame study that anyone can find in a single text.
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  • Combinational Motifs - by Maxim Blokh (Moscow, 2000)
    • Arguably the best book on tactics ever published, and the bases of the popular software CT-ART 3.0 (now updated to CT-ART 4.0). Blokh’s book contains over 1200 diagrams, with each problem graded by level of difficulty. Many of his problems contain two problems in one position. That is, the position can be solved once as if it is White to move; and then again, as if it is Black to move.
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  • My System: 21st Century Edition - by Aron Nimzowitsch
  • Modern Chess Strategy - by Ludek Pachman
  • Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy: Advances since Nimzowitsch - by John Watson
  • New Ideas in Chess - by Larry Evans
  • Ideas Behind the Chess Openings:Algebraic Edition - by Rueben Fine


Suggested Software:
Having the following software will be a great resource to any coach or chess player:
  • Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition - A great tool for learning, teaching, and play chess. Developed by Josh Waitzkin and Ubisoft
  • Fritz 12 - A comprehensive Chess Trainer developed by ChessBase (Fritz 13 is now available!)
  • ChessBase 11 - A Chess database is an invaluable tool. It allows players and coaches to save a games for future study. It also contains a massive database of professional-level games for students to study with.

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