Although it’s not immediately obvious from the list of apps available to ChessBase account users, there is an app created and dedicated to teaching chess from scratch. This app does more than teach moves, it also teaches the basics of positional play, tactics, and endgame!

Link to Learn Chess Beginner Courses

Rules and exercises

The first page starts with the basics such as mastering the movements of the pieces

This is the first of three courses for beginners. The first will start by teaching how all the pieces move, then move on to rules such as castling, deadlock and even basic opening principles to avoid “analysis paralysis” at the very beginning.

Here is an example of the castling tutorial. The lesson diagram is dynamic and you can move the pieces around.

After reviewing the lesson, you can test your understanding with some basic exercises. Above we can see a multiple choice question to check the student’s understanding of the rules of castling.

Coupling models with parts

Quite logically, the next phase of the course, aka Beginners Course II, shows how parts can work to create mating patterns both alone and in tandem with other parts.

Again, the course presents its concepts in a very gradual presentation, allowing the new student to become more and more familiar with the dynamics of the parts.

The exercises are all dynamic, so you can play the solution on the board.

If you solve it correctly, you are congratulated and receive a follow-up comment.

Tactics and endgames

The final stage of the course really takes the student to the next level by providing plenty of tutorials on all the classic tactical patterns such as double attacks, pins, skewers, etc.

The lessons are presented with clear explanations and illustrations. The lesson explains:

“Those who understand the typical patterns of double attacks have a huge advantage among amateur players.”

Oh, how so true!

An example of the lesson on double attacks. Here we see the pawn fork, but there will be other forks and types of double attacks.

This introduction is quite comprehensive. Yet this last step also does the student a favor by providing an introduction to the most basic endgame concepts such as coupling with the king and rook against the king, opposition with kings and finally the square rule.

Conclusion

This beginner’s course goes far beyond just teaching the student the rules, it provides them with the tools to progress and defeat their closest rivals as well as a taste of what lurks down the rabbit hole. .

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