Learn Chess

Welcome! Are You Ready to Learn How to Play Chess?
  • New and returning students can see our descriptions of the various levels they will be learning at.  We also answer some questions on how and where they can improve their chess outside of Club or Camp time.

    Level 1: Beginner level

    This level is most appropriate for players who are brand new to chess and are still learning the rules of the game. Players at this level are developing an understanding of the basic rules and often need help to finish a game.

    Here are some resources that we suggest for Beginners:

    Kid Chess Online Students at this level are in the Rhino skill group. They should also attend the Beginner Summer Camp if it is their first Kid Chess program.

    Level 2: Rookie level

    A rookie is a player who understands the basic rules of chess and has learned the fundamentals mentioned above in Level 1. A Rookie should be able to finish a game of chess and recognize when the game is over. Students at this level are beginning to learn tactics (i.e., forks, pins, skewers, etc.) and are clear on the general direction of each game they play. They also are learning to use the “ABC’s of Chess” in all of their games.

    ***Any player is more successful following the “ABC’s of Chess”.

    A = Activate your pieces! (get the pieces off of the back row and into the game/give every piece a job to do!)

    B = Be safe with your King! (castling is usually the best way to get the king safe)

    C = Centralize! (players want all of their pieces to move into the center of the board or to attack through the middle and to control this area of the board)

    Here are some resources that we suggest for Rookie players:

    • “Why did he move that piece?” – Ask yourself this question EVERY time it’s your move
    • Checkmate – Try different puzzles to practice checkmating the enemy king
    • Kid Chess App (Coming Soon) – Review and test your skills by solving puzzles, beating top scores, and improving your times.

    Kid Chess Online Students at this level are in the Gator & Tiger skill group. They should also attend the Intermediate Summer Camp.

    Level 3: Veteran level

    A Veteran is a player who knows and practices the fundamentals of chess and therefore has the ability to play in a scholastic tournament (and may have already done so). Players at this level should seriously consider being double enrolled in Kid Chess Afterschool Clubs or All Access in Kid Chess Online. This allows them more than 1 hour a week of coach attention in their games and lessons.

    Here are some resources that we suggest for Veteran players:

    • Checkmate – Try some of the more advanced puzzles to checkmate the enemy king
    • Kid Chess App (Coming Soon) – Practice using your tactics and more difficult Checkmate-in-2 puzzles.
    • Kid Chess Puzzle Jam – A time trial to make the best move in a series of chess puzzles
    • http://www.chesskid.com* – Play chess with other kids in a safe online environment.

    Kid Chess Online Students at this level are in the Shark & Dragon skill group. They should also consider attending the Advanced Summer Camp.

    Level 4: Tournament Level

    All Kid Chess students are welcome to attend Kid Chess Tournaments, however students at our Tournament level should consider attending tournaments outside of Kid Chess as well. Many in-person chess tournaments require or encourage a USCF (United States Chess Federation) membership and rating. Students participating in outside tournaments will benefit from being double enrolled in Kid Chess After School Clubs (two hours of Kid Chess each week instead of just one) or Kid Chess Online All Access. In addition to Kid Chess clubs & camps, players at this level should also consider private chess instruction.

    Here are some resources that we suggest for Tournament Level players:

    Kid Chess Online Students at this level should achieve the Dragon skill group. They should also attend the Advanced Summer Camp.

  • Students who are registered with Kid Chess for the current semester can log into Kid Chess Online will have access to a whole host of videos, and learning & practice tools. And if you miss a club, don’t worry, you can review missed lessons here as well. Parents can also see what their children are learning.