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Teach Yourself Chess

The first coach of the world champion

presents:

 

 

Teach Yourself Chess

 

Dmitri Dobrovolski

copyright © Dmitri Dobrovolski 2016

 

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Contents

 

Chapter 1. The chessboard, chess lines, a chess square, the square location by its address, the centre of the chessboard.

Chapter 2. Chess positions, starting position, the flanks, the demarcation line.

Chapter 3. Chess moves: the rook (capture), the exchange, the bishop (uneven exchange). Threat types, defense methods to the threats.

Chapter 4. The Queen, the calculation of blows, the initiative in chess

Chapter 5. The King, check, checkmate, castling

Chapter 6. The pawn, pawn promotion, capture en passant.

Chapter 7. The knight, the irrationality in chess, tempo, “Smothered” mate.

Chapter 8. The Chess clock. The basic rules of the game, the conduct of the players during the game.

Chapter 9. The drawn game.

Chapter 10. Three stages of chess game. Minor and major pieces. The usefulness of the exchange of pieces due to their power (value).

Chapter 11. Mate to a lone king with major pieces.

Introduction

Jesus gave people a wonderful game – chess! The game is very popular around the world because it helps a person to learn how to make informed decisions: certainly necessary in this modern and complicated world!

During 25 years of coaching, I have helped more than 600 boys and girls to learn how to make their first chess moves. Among them was the present world chess champion among people with disabilities Alexei Smirnov (FIDE ID 4168437, FIDE Elo 2451).

The methods for learning the basics of chess which are set out in this book have been repeatedly tested and brought excellent results. The material is given in a simple and effective way, so that Teach Yourself Chess can be used by a person of any age who can read.

For this tutorial the only requirement is a chessboard with its pieces so that the reader can apply theoretical information immediately. This tutorial can be successfully used by parents who want to teach their children the basics of the game.

I am sure that this book will be useful for school teachers who decide to involve their students in an exciting game.

Sincerely, Dmitri Dobrovolski

Chapter 1

 

The chessboard, the chess lines,

the chess square the square location by its address, the centre of the chessboard

 

Chess is a game for two people, alternately moving the pieces on a chessboard. So, the light pieces and the same colored squares on the board are called white, while the dark once are called black.

The aim of the game is to checkmate the opponent’s king. The player who checkmates his/her opponent is considered to be the winner in this game. In addition, the game can be end in a draw. The first move in a chess game is made by the player who plays the white pieces.

There are a lot of new terms and concepts for you, dear reader, aren’t there? Don’t worry. Soon you will know everything you need to play the game! I suggest we start our exciting journey through the basics of chess!

So, what is a chessboard? The chessboard is a squared playing field, which consist of 64 white and black quadrates. These quadrates in chess are called chess squares. In order to set up a chessboard before the game, you must remember this rule: a white square should be located on the right side of the player (Diagram 1).

Diagram 1

 

From the chess squares are formed chess lines.

The lines passing from the left to the right are called ranks (Diagram 2).

Diagram 2

 

The ranks on the chessboard are denoted by numbers. There are eight ranks on the chessboard.

Exercises:

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p((((<>{color:#000;}. Set up white pawns on the first rank. (Diagram 3).

Diagram 3

 

#
p((((<>{color:#000;}. Set up the third, the fifth and the seventh ranks by turn.

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The lines passing through the chessboard from the bottom up are called files (Diagram 4).

Diagram 4

 

The files are indicated by letters on the board: a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h. It must be read as: , [bə] [tse] [də], [jə], [əf] [ʒə], [Λsh]. There are eight files on the chessboard.

Exercises:

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p((((<>{color:#000;}. Put the white pawns on the file a (Diagram 5).

Diagram 5

 

#
p((((<>{color:#000;}. Set up files с, е, g by turn

 

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Knowing the symbols ranks and files, we can define the location of any square on the chess board. For example, we define the square е5 on the crossroads of the е-file and the fifth rank (Diagram 6).

Diagram 6

 

Exercises:

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p((((<>{color:#000;}. Place the white pawns on the following squares: b3, с5, d7, f8, g6, h4.

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p((((<>{color:#000;}. Define the colour of the following squares: b3, с5, d7, f8, g6, h4.

*****

Lines which across the chessboard and consist of the same color squares are called diagonals (Diagram 7). There are white and black diagonals on the chess board.

Diagram 7

 

The diagonals on the board are designated by two extreme squares, thus they are called and written always from the left to the right. For example: the diagonal а1-h8 (also called a large black diagonal) and diagonal а8-h1 (called the great white diagonal). These diagonals consist of 8 squares, but there are also very small diagonals, which consist of two squares, for example, а7-b8. There are twenty-six diagonals on the chessboard.

Exercises:

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p((((<>{color:#000;}. Make the diagonal а7-g1, using white pawns (Diagram 8).

Diagram 8

 

2. Construct the diagonal of five white squares called а4-е8, using the same pawns.

3. Make any diagonal of five black squares.

*****

Each chess player has to know where the centre of the chessboard is. The centre of the chessboard has a square shape. There are a small centres of the chessboard, which consists of four squares d4, d5, е4, е5 (Diagram 9) and an enlarged centre of the chessboard, which consists of sixteen squares.

The corner squares of the enlarged centre of the chessboard are squares с3, с6, f3, f6 (Diagram 10).

Diagram 9

 

Diagram 10

 

Exercises:

1. Build a small centre of the chessboard using white pawns.

2. Construct an enlarged centre of the chessboard using white and black pawns.

 


Teach Yourself Chess

Jesus gave people a wonderful game – chess! The game is very popular around the world because it helps a person to learn how to make informed decisions: certainly necessary in this modern and complicated world! During 25 years of coaching, I have helped more than 600 boys and girls to learn how to make their first chess moves. Among them was the present world chess champion among people with disabilities Alexei Smirnov (FIDE ID 4168437, FIDE Elo 2451). The methods for learning the basics of chess, which are set out in this book have been repeatedly tested and brought excellent results. The material is given in a simple and effective way, so that Teach Yourself Chess can be used by a person of any age who can read. For this tutorial the only requirement is a chessboard with its pieces so that the reader can apply theoretical information immediately. This tutorial can be successfully used by parents who want to teach their children the basics of the game. I am sure that this book will be useful for school teachers who decide to involve their students in an exciting game.

  • Author: Dmitri Dobrovolski
  • Published: 2017-08-06 19:20:09
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