What is the course about?
The tactical elements of chess for novices. Each session will introduce topics in short lectures, demonstrated on chess playing software. New skills will be practised by solving problems from worksheets and by playing against other learners.
What will we cover?
The relative value of the pieces
Distinction between Major and Minor Pieces
Elementary tactics including: fork, discovered and double checks, pin, removal of the guard
Importance of development in the early stages of the game
Some typical mating patterns.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Start the game by developing the pieces
Use a range of defence strategies to keep your pieces safe
Win your opponent’s pieces using simple tactics
Deliver simple checkmates.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should be able to move all the pieces confidently, understand check, checkmate and stalemate, and be ready to expand the tactical element of your game.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Each session will introduce topics in short lectures, demonstrated on chess playing software. New skills will be practised by solving problems from worksheets and by playing against other learners. A further worksheet will be handed out at the end of each session to be completed for the next session.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All materials will be provided. You may wish to bring a notepad and pen.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details