How to Read and Write Algebraic Chess Notation

In a few minutes you will understand how to read and write chess moves, called “chess notation”. Being procient at this will help you read and play through games of great players to learn and improve your own chess game! There is a wealth of materials both...

2 Minute Chess Strategy: Play scholar’s mate?

Imagine a room with 200 students playing chess where 40 games end in just 4 moves! It’s fun to win quickly, but is it a good idea to attempt Scholar’s mate? You may succeed once in a while playing a novice but if they catch on and play good moves? You’ll lose the...

Introducing Chess to a Bright 6 Year Old

How do I introduce chess to a bright 6 year old? The great news is that youngsters tend to be fascinated immediately and most don’t need a lot of encouragement to continue once you’ve introduced them to the game. In fact, you may be surprised at the...

Chess Tip: Unique Knight Characteristics

Recently, I have been working on writing and rewriting (along with several of our team of experienced coaches) several more chess lessons and topics to include in the Chess4Life curriculum. While doing so, it seemed appropriate to include a couple interesting elements...