Best Chess Courses

Find the best online Chess Courses for you. The courses are sorted based on popularity and user ratings. We do not allow paid placements in any of our rankings. We also have a separate page listing only the Free Chess Courses.

Chess Tactics Essentials

An Easy Guide in Chess Tactics

Created by Brendan J. Norman - Owner of ChessnCognac & Pro Chess Coach for 10+ Years!


Students: 16290, Price: $19.99

Students: 16290, Price:  Paid

Are you a beginning or hobby chess player who wants to start winning a LOT more games?

"Chess is 99 percent tactics." - Richard Teichmann

This course breaks down the most frequent (yet powerful!) chess tactics so that anybody can pick them up and employ them against their opponents.

You will be learning these powerful chess tactics from a professional chess coach of more than 10 years who truly takes his students results seriously.

Each lecture has a companion PDF in the supplementary materials section which is highly recommended to be studied with the lecture over-the-board.

Students who use both the video lecture and its PDF companion will reap the best rewards in terms of their playing level and tactical ability but simply watching the lectures alone will still substantially boost any chess player's tactical level and practical results.

If you need an extra nudge into the course, just listen to some of my wonderful student's kind words! :)

“By the way you give great lessons, my elo raised by 50 in 2 days of following your videos and posts, great stuff, keep it up!” - N. Tomasevic (Serbia)

“You are a wonderful chess coach. Your passion for the game and dedication to your students’ improvement are only some of the factors as to why more people need such great guidance.
I only had like 10 lessons with you and in less than 3 weeks my rating jumped 200-300 points on chess dot com.” -
E. Franca (Australia)

“To have a one on one conversation with Brendan is like having my mind open tenfold.
His patience, knowledge, enthusiasm, perseverance, speed of thought have me in awe.
You’re not playing chess if you haven’t talked to Brendan. I have regained speed of thought through his coaching, and, yes, points too.” -
T. Kaufman (France)

Ready to get started? Click "Take this course" now and we'll begin!

Chess for Beginners – Learn Chess Strategy From Scratch

Learn Must-know Chess Tactics Throughout Chess Openings, Middlegame, and Endgame

Created by Shervin House - Best-Selling Instructor


Students: 10376, Price: $89.99

Students: 10376, Price:  Paid

Hi, my name is Shervin House. I am a top Udemy instructor, and in this course I will be teaching you how to play chess like a pro!

  • Dan: "Great course, the instructions are clear and engaging. The structure of the course has a good flow to it and are effective. Definitely recommend it..."

I've been in love with the game of chess since I was introduced to the game by my grandfather at the age of 6. After decades of taking lessons and learning from strategy books, I have put together a comprehensive course that covers all the fundamentals of chess that every chess player must know. I also teamed up with two different International Masters who looked over the course and gave me feedback on how to make it even better and more comprehensive, just to make sure there aren't any fundamentals missing from the course.

  • Michael: "The instructor is very helpful by his explanation of do’s and don’t’s when moving your minor pieces. I’m very satisfied with this course."

This course is for beginner chess players. This includes those who have never played chess before in their lives, as well as those who have some experience playing the game, but are looking to take their game to the next level. For example, if you are a 1200-1300 rated player or lower, or if you don't have a chess rating at all, then this course is perfect for you.

By the end of this course, you will know all the fundamentals of chess in all 3 stages of the opening, the middle-game and the endgame. The aim of this course is to teach you how to play chess properly in order to boost your ability, as well as your ratings from a beginner to.a great player; we basically take you by the hand and walk you through all of these fundamentals step by step.

  • Pavlo: "Really fluid and easy to understand. I'm not a novice and I've never heard about en passant!"

What can you expect from this course?

  • The most in-depth chess strategy course online

  • A complete guide for those who are beginners to chess, as well as those with some experience

  • All the basics covered, material such as how pieces move, chess opening principles, common tactics, etc.

  • All questions answered within 24 hours

  • All the fundamentals covered, all throughout the opening, middle-game and endgame

  • Common chess openings covered in-depth in order to provide you good foundations in the opening stage

  • Various middlegame tactics covered in-depth in order to improve your middlegame tactics and enable you to control the game in the middle

  • Common chess endgames covered in-depth in order to provide you good foundations for finishing off from a winning position

  • Practice material with puzzles, including "solve along with me" videos where you solve chess puzzles with me

  • And of course... 30 day money back guarantee! (No questions asked)

          All the concepts covered in this course are must know concepts for those who wish to become great chess players. The material we cover are the building blocks upon which you will build your chess skills in order to become a master of the game.

Learn to Play Chess: from a Novice to a Fierce Competitor

The easiest and fastest way to learn chess - covering all the fundamentals plus how to gain an upper hand from the start

Created by Alex Davidovic - International Chess Master, Olympian and Software Engineer


Students: 5187, Price: $19.99

Students: 5187, Price:  Paid

This course takes you from your first chess moves to a player brimming with confidence who knows how to develop the forces efficiently, keep the king safe, repel the opponent's attacks, obtain an advantage early on, and checkmate your opponents.

What makes this course unique? Dr Alex is combining both, his experience as an International Chess Master and a coach, and his experience in programming teaching and adaptive systems, to give you the combination of training videos and the exercises through the 'Chess Mates Companion' software. This way, you get to apply your new knowledge in practice immediately, and learn chess in the fastest way possible.

You start playing chess in less than one hour, and build your strength from there.

If you're already a seasoned chess player, this course is not for you - but watch for the follow-up courses soon!

If you're a beginner and want to learn to play chess confidently, quickly, and with the best foundations, this course is ideal for you.


Chess - How to become a Chess Master

Created by Academy of Film Fashion and Design - Provider of Creative, Online courses


Students: 3797, Price: $19.99

Students: 3797, Price:  Paid

Millions of people around the world enjoy playing chess. This video series will take you step by step through chess basics, while incorporating advanced topics that establish a solid understanding of chess principles. The tactical and strategic training prepare you to attain respectable results in casual chess games and chess tournaments. The course design ensures rapid improvement that will help you appreciate the artistic as well as the competitive side of chess.  The video series concludes with suggestions for making further progress using internet sources or a chess coach.  Whether your goal is to win tournament prizes, beat your uncle, or help your child learn the game, this entertaining video series will exceed your expectations.

Chess Video Series by Allyn Kahn

Chess For Everyone!

Learn the basics of Chess as well as how to develop strategy and tactics for winning at the Game of Chess.

Created by Robert Gumerlock - Chess Coach and Teacher


Students: 3785, Price: $19.99

Students: 3785, Price:  Paid

This course is for Beginner to Intermediate Chess players who want to begin learning and continue honing their chess skills. This course consists of 4 parts:

Section 1: The Basics

Section 2: What to do in the Opening

Section 3: Tactics in the Middle Game

Section 4: Checkmate in the End Game

By the end of the course, every student should have a good idea which overlying strategies to implement in a game of chess, as well as the tactics needed to play out that strategy. This course is ideal for the people interested in being fluent in Chess tactics, and who also want to have fun doing it!

The Complete Guide to Chess Tactics

Chess Tactics, Calculation and Pattern recognition skills that will enable you create beautiful winning combinations

Created by Tryfon Gavriel - FIDE Chess Candidate Master


Students: 2817, Price: $109.99

Students: 2817, Price:  Paid

FIDE CM Kingscrusher has one goal of the course. And that is to make you a much stronger tactician than ever before in your life. You should be in a much better position by training with this course to create beautiful chess combinations on the chessboard which feature a wide range of patterns and demonstrate amazing calculation ability.  In short, the goal of the course is to make you a very strong chess tactician and help you enjoy your chess to the absolute maximum.

This course has a structure which is essentially is "process" and "patterns".

PROCESS: The Art of Chess Calculation

The "process" aspect is the art of chess calculation. Even if you didn't know a single tactical pattern by name, you could still play amazing tactics just with great calculation which the course gives you a solid foundation in. Yes, even if you didn't know your forks from your pins, the "Process" part of the course as in the art of calculation would still enable you to play great chess combinations using an entire orchestra of tactical patterns without even knowing their names.

But training yourself on patterns will enhance your art of calculation and you will be able to name the key tactical patterns which are important for searching them out to practice and discuss with others as well as prompt during your calculations.

"Process" is like the software of your chess mind. "Patterns" are like the Content for that software. You need both the software and the content to be really effective as a tactician!. 







Patterns help feed the process of calculation. Your goal often is to create a maximum differential between the strengths of your position which can be realised from very strong calculation skills and the downsides of the opponent's position which often requires a trained intuition and eye for potential downsides to ensure you are even aware combinational solutions might exist.


PATTERNS: Tactical Patterns, Mating Patterns, Weakness of Position patterns.

The "patterns" aspect is divided into three key "pattern" areas:

Bold ones below represent really key and frequent visitors to most people's games

Tactical Patterns (alphabetically)

These tactical patterns are very useful to practice and help internalise.

  1. Absolute Pin

  2. Advanced Pawn

  3. Annihilation of Defence

  4. Alekhine’s Gun

  5. Attraction

  6. Battery

  7. Blockading defensive resources

  8. Capture

  9. Capture the Defender

  10. Checks - gaining key tempo e.g. winning material via checks

  11. Clearance

  12. Combine and Win tactics

  13. Connected passed pawns

  14. Counterplay management move

  15. Counter Threat

  16. Cross-check

  17. Cross-pin

  18. Decoy

  19. Deflection

  20. Demolition of Pawns around opponent's king

  21. Demolition of Pawn Structure

  22. Desperado

  23. Discovered Attack

  24. Domination

  25. Double Attack

  26. Double Check

  27. Draw Tactics

  28. Endgame Tactics

  29. Exchange sacrifice

  30. f2 (or f7) weakness

  31. Forcing Moves

  32. Fork

  33. Goal Hanging Tactics e.g. N on f5 (also see Thorn pawn)

  34. Greek Gift Sacrifice

  35. Indirect Defense

  36. Interference

  37. Intermediate move (synonym: Zuichenzug)

  38. King Aggression in Endgames

  39. King Chase

  40. Liberational tactics

  41. Opposition

  42. Overload the defender

  43. Weakness of last move

  44. Passed pawn creation

  45. Pawn-Fork

  46. Pawn Tactics

  47. Pawn Breakthrough

  48. Perpetual Attack

  49. Perpetual Check

  50. Pins - Absolute

  51. Pins - Relative

  52. Pins - Celebration

  53. Positional Tactic

  54. Prophylaxis move

  55. Removing King Escape Squares

  56. Rook lift

  57. Sacrifice (Positional)

  58. Sacrifice (calculated)

  59. Simplification

  60. Queen and Bishop Battery

  61. Quiet but killer move (greatly used in Alekhine combinations)

  62. Relative Pin

  63. Remove the Defender

  64. Sacrifice

  65. Simplification

  66. Situational Pin

  67. Soft spot sacrifice

  68. Strategic Crush tactic - e.g. locking in bishop, good knight

  69. Skewer

  70. Stalemate Tactics

  71. Tempo Tactics

  72. Thorn Pawns

  73. Threat making

  74. Trapped Piece

  75. Triangulation

  76. Two Rooks Battery

  77. Two Rooks on 7th Rank

  78. Under-promotion

  79. Weak Back-Rank

  80. Weakness of last move

  81. Windmill

  82. X-Ray

  83. X-Ray Attack

  84. X-Ray Defense

  85. Zugzwang

  86. Zwischenzug

Mating Patterns (alphabetically)

These mating patterns are useful to practice and help internalise.

  1. Anastasia's mate

  2. Anderssen's mate

  3. Arabian mate

  4. Back-rank mate

  5. Bishop and knight mate

  6. Blackburne's mate

  7. Blind swine mate

  8. Boden's mate

  9. Box mate (Rook mate)

  10. Combine and Win Mate

  11. Corner mate

  12. Cozio's mate

  13. Damiano's bishop mate

  14. Damiano's mate

  15. David and Goliath mate

  16. Double bishop mate

  17. Dovetail mate

  18. Epaulette mate

  19. Fool’s mate

  20. Greco's mate

  21. Hook mate

  22. Kill Box mate

  23. King and two bishops mate

  24. King and two knights mate

  25. Ladder checkmate

  26. Légal mate

  27. Lolli's mate

  28. Max Lange's mate

  29. Mayet's mate

  30. Morphy's mate

  31. Opera mate

  32. Pillsbury's mate

  33. Queen mate

  34. Réti's mate

  35. Smothered mate

  36. Support mate

  37. Suffocation mate

  38. Swallow's tail mate

"Opponent Downsides" aka "Tactical Issues" aka "Tactical Liabilities" aka "Weakness of Position" Patterns

These help you intuitively identify if a combination may exist in the position.

  1. Awkward Pieces (trappable)

  2. King Safety Issues e.g. Back rank

  3. Loose pieces (unprotected)

  4. Overworked pieces

  5. Pieces away from King

  6. Tactical Liabilities in general

  7. Weaknesses in general

Chess for total beginners

From learning the moves, to checkmating, to tactics and strategy

Created by Katie Kormanik - Friendly online courses


Students: 1741, Price: $24.99

Students: 1741, Price:  Paid

Hi there! I'm Katie, and I've been playing chess since I was 4. I started competing in tournaments when I was 7, and at one point I was one of the top 100 women in the US. I haven't actively played since 2011, at which point my rating was 1850, but my love of chess still lingers and I think everyone should at least know how to play. This course goes beyond simply teaching how the pieces move. You'll build the foundation for continuing your chess career, if you so choose.

This course breaks down the game step-by-step, from teaching you the rules (how pieces move) to basic strategy (where to move your pieces) to how to improve (with practice positions and resources for learning more). If you watch all the videos and complete all the exercises, you’ll not only be able to play a game (the short-term goal); you’ll be able to continue learning and playing chess on your own. In a few weeks, you’ll probably be able to beat just about anyone off the street!

Besides instructional videos and exercises, this course also has interviews with the following amazing professional women chess players:
• WGM Jennifer Shahade
• WIM Karina Vazirova
...with more coming soon!

A one-time purchase will give you lifetime access to all the new content in the course. Hope you enjoy!

Understanding chess openings | How to play ANY opening well

Learn to play openings like a grandmaster

Created by Mykhaylo Oleksiyenko - Grandmaster, Champion of Ukraine, PhD in Math, FIDE Trainer


Students: 1740, Price: $24.99

Students: 1740, Price:  Paid

This course will help you start the game of chess in a proper way. You will not be lost or confused in the opening anymore!

By the end of the course you will know exactly what to do in the opening (first 10 moves, roughly speaking), how to do it and, what may be even more important, WHY you need to do it.

You will be able to spot your opponent's mistakes and will learn the ways to benefit from those. You will also learn some fantastic examples from World champions and you will learn the mistakes made by their opponents.

Learn and Master Chess Openings with a Successful Grandmaster

  • Learn the main rules/principles of playing the opening

  • Discover the crucial detail about those rules

  • Understand the deep reasons behind the rules

  • Develop ALL your pieces to good squares

  • Get GM approved downloadable opening repertoire

This course will boost your opening play to the next level

The course is for Beginner to Intermediate chess players. First you will learn the general rules/guidelines of opening play. You will deeply understand the rules and will be able to spot the mistakes of your opponent. You will learn where to put ALL your pieces and WHY. I will show you some fascinating games and you will understand what went wrong there and how to use it to your benefit. In the final section of the course you will get an opening repertoire for both colors. The suggested opening choice is strictly following the rules described in the course. There are also explanations about where to develop all your pieces.

There will also be some homework assignments and solutions in the next file. The homework is designed to strengthen the knowledge you have learned over the course.

The course consists of 4 sections.

Section 1: You will learn the 3 main rules of playing the opening. You will also discover the crucial detail about those rules. I will teach you what to do with your pawns, pieces and the king. You will learn where are the good places for your pieces and which are not so good and why.

Section 2: I will show you detailed analysis of 4 famous games where the losing side did not follow the first 2 rules of playing the opening. You will learn the ways to use mistakes of your opponent as well as avoid them yourself.

Section 3: We will deeply analyze another 4 famous games where the losing side failed to castle the king. You will learn the value of the rule as well as ways to exploit your opponents' failure to follow the rule.

Section 4: I will give you my professional opinion about most common openings and the upsides and downsides of playing those. Then you will get the complete opening repertoire for white and for black. I will explain why I chose those openings for you and how exactly you should play those. Basically you will know (and understand!) your first 10 moves against ANY opening. Finally, you will receive some homework that would strengthen your understanding of opening principles regardless of the pawn structure.

Sections 2 and 3 have detailed analysis of the games attached in pgn format. Section 4 has opening repertoire and homework attached.

Who this course is for:

- Beginner/hobby chess players who want to play better chess in the very beginning of the game.

- Chess enthusiasts who do not want to be confused from the very first moves of the game.

- Anyone who is interested in what grandmasters are thinking in the opening

Chess Masterclass: Complete Guide to Chess Rules +Principles

Although cheating is much faster, Uptight Puppy will teach you how to play chess properly. As only a polite pug can.

Created by Uptight Puppy - Chess Pupffessional


Students: 1691, Price: $19.99

Students: 1691, Price:  Paid

This course is for novices to intermediate players who don't mind being taught by a dog. A dog called Uptight Puppy.

Uptight Puppy knows all the things.

Uptight Puppy will teach you how to set up the board. Does the white square go on the left or right? Uptight Puppy knows.

Uptight Puppy will also tell you how all the pieces move. You don't know how to capture en passant? Uptight Puppy will tell you.

What's a drawn game? How do I avoid Stalemate? Why can't my King capture the other King? In due time, Uptight Puppy will share all.

Uptight Puppy is fun and Uptight Puppy wants to help you.

Chess for Beginners

The course is created with the intent of enabling an absolute beginner to learn the game in a very structured manner

Created by Vedant Goswami - International Chess Player/Coach


Students: 1595, Price: $19.99

Students: 1595, Price:  Paid

The course is created with the intent of enabling an absolute beginner to learn the game in a very structured manner and be able to reach a level of tournament participation at the completion of the course. Ideal for beginners aged 5 years onwards and expects parental participation.

At the end of the course, students would be familiar with:

1. Introduction to chess board and arranging the pieces

2. Introduction to pieces, their value and movements

3. Check, checkmate and stalemate

4. Special moves - Castling, Pawn promotion ( Queening and underpromotion), En Passant

5. Introduction to basic tactical themes like pin, fork, skewer, double attack, back rank mate, discovered attack, Destroying the defender, Mate in one

6. Basic opening tips. Standard tricks and traps !!

7. Basic ending techniques. Checkmate with queen and Rook

8. Basic introduction to FIDE tournament rules

9. Expert tips on self study and self improvement


1. Learn the basics of the game in structured manner.

2. Focus of developing a method of thinking in the beginner. Give the right beginning to your young genius.

3. Learn at the comfort of your home. Only requirement is a broadband connection.

4. Pace yourself at your own comfort level.

5. Learn at a comfortable time of your choosing.

6. Ideal for students not able to attend a live class due to time/ logistics concerns or unable to find a professional coach.

Understanding chess tactics | How to calculate tactics well

Learn how to calculate variations with a grandmaster

Created by Mykhaylo Oleksiyenko - Grandmaster, Champion of Ukraine, PhD in Math, FIDE Trainer


Students: 1502, Price: $24.99

Students: 1502, Price:  Paid

This course will boost your understanding of chess and will sharpen your tactical vision. By the end of the course you will truly understand why chess tactics appeared in the position, what were the signs that triggered the combination, what exact steps does it take to find most of chess combinations. Spoiler alert: I am going to take away a little bit of mystery out of chess and replace it with some logic!

Learn and Master Chess Tactics with Successful Grandmaster

· Find chess combinations efficiently

· Recognize the signs that trigger tactics

· Learn typical tactical patterns

· Build up understanding of chess

This course will get your calculation abilities to the next level

The course is for Beginner to Intermediate chess players. I also put several examples that would be interesting even for grandmasters but I explained them in the fashion that anyone with basic understanding of how chess pieces move could get it. In the final section, I am going to show an opening combination that many grandmasters do not know (including yours truly until year 2014).

After you finish the course, you will be able to understand most of chess combinations that you will see on a much deeper level.

The course is broken into 5 sections.

Section 1: I explain what are 4 main questions to ask during the game and how they help you find chess tactics

Section 2: I use relatively simple puzzles to show how my method is working. You will learn additional helpful questions besides the four main ones.

Section 3: I show how to use my method to crack much harder puzzles.

Section 4: Covers most important tactical motifs and the signs that trigger those motifs.

Section 5: You will find GM games and one tricky opening tactics that many high class GMs do not know! You will find short summary of the course at the end.

Each section has downloadable pdf and pgn files with previously analyzed positions.

Who this course is for:

· Beginner/hobby chess players who want to become better at chess in general and in tactics specifically

· Chess enthusiasts that want to take a glimpse into how grandmasters calculate variations

The London System Chess Opening with FIDE CM Kingscrusher

Be able to play 1.d4 and win against anything your opponent does

Created by Tryfon Gavriel - FIDE Chess Candidate Master


Students: 1026, Price: $109.99

Students: 1026, Price:  Paid

The London System is a chess opening when playing with the White pieces that has experienced a huge surge in popularity in recent years. It is suitable for any level of chess player and provides arguably one of the highest cost/benefit openings to learn for any aspiring player. Even the World chess champion and other Grandmasters use this opening with great success at any time control. With this course, you can learn all about the very popular London system chess opening with FIDE CM Kingscrusher.

Many example games are from leading exponents such as US Grandmaster Gata Kamsky and the current World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen. The use of 2.Bf4 is seen as the most modern treatment of the London system retaining a great flexibility of options and good ability to handle an early attack by Black on the b2 square which Bf4 left behind. Through annotated games and exploration of key variations, this course gives great insights to be able to play the London system against anything the player with the Black pieces uses.

The use of "Systems" generally is not a new thing. Bobby Fischer in his early years used the Kings' Indian attack system. Bent Larsen used 1.b3. Julian Hodgson won many British champions with his pet Trompowsky. The London "System" means that there is less need to memorise lots of sharp variations, and you can get a comfortable position fairly easily. This, in turn, means you can focus on improving other aspects of your chess, such as more time for tactics training or endgame learning. To be effective at chess means becoming a balanced player in many aspects of chess. If the burden of opening theory is less, then you can spend more time improving other "weak links" within your chess understanding - and hopefully, bring all the links to the same level so you are not let down by a particular area.

By having the London system under your belt, you can focus on improving your chess overall - and better results and more enjoyment of the game will undoubtedly result from such an approach.

The Ultimate Guide to Chess Pawn Structures

Master the essential pawn structures with instructive examples from the World chess champions

Created by Tryfon Gavriel - FIDE Chess Candidate Master


Students: 740, Price: $89.99

Students: 740, Price:  Paid

"Pawns are the soul of chess!" - Philidor

Pawns unlike other pieces on the chessboard cannot move backward and as such, they represent the "irreversible decisions" of chess that one has to make carefully otherwise one could easily regret such pawn moves.

In this course, you will get a  strong focus on pawn structures in chess with example games from World chess champions and other master "structuralists" who have demonstrated a keen understanding of the importance of pawn structure and choice of openings for such structures.

The examples try and provide a roadmap of key plans against or for certain structures where appropriate to get a more balanced understanding of the pros and cons of each structure - and to be able to anticipate the opponent's plans and moves more easily.

Pawn structure plans and template ideas will help one play openings of any kind more effectively when aspects of that structure match key examples in this course fundamentally. You will be able to effectively reuse template plans from past world chess champions and Grandmasters and other great players.

Key pawn structural elements are looked at with many example games showing how they have their "up and downsides" including

Doubled pawns

Hanging pawns

Backward pawns

Isolated pawns

Pawn Islands

Passed pawns

Thorn pawns (yes Neural Networks have pointed the way here!)

And also more specific configurations of pawns are looked at including:

d5 pawn chain

e5 pawn chain

Carlsbad structure

Caro structure

Slav Structure

Boleslavsky Hole structure (especially Sveshnikov examples!)

Stonewall Structure

By the end of the course you should have more of a "structuralist" mindset to chess - and realise the importance more of the "little guys!" and they are really the very life and soul of the game as Philidor mentioned all that time ago!

Cheers, K

Live Chess Playthrough #1 – Learn How A Chess Master Thinks

Study chess thought process in this Chess University course by FIDE Master Dalton Perrine

Created by Chess University - - World's #1 Online Chess Academy


Students: 560, Price: $89.99

Students: 560, Price:  Paid

Chess University's Live Chess Playthrough Video Course by FIDE Master Dalton Perrine

One of the goals of
beginning chess players is to crack the 1200 rating barrier. Many
players think it’s too difficult or just too time-consuming to reach
that level. However, it’s much simpler than that! In this Live Chess
Playthrough video course, FM Dalton Perrine will teach you the
skills needed to beat all kinds of players rated below 1200 and get
yourself a higher rating.

This 3-hour video
course featuring 10 live chess playthroughs is targeted towards players
in the 600-1200 Elo range (beginner to intermediate) and will help boost your chess skills and
rating. You can improve your play by studying how a strong player thinks
during a game against a club-level player. Dalton discusses his
thought-process as he makes each move and explains how to capitalize on
his opponent’s mistakes.

Throughout the games,
Dalton will focus on teaching four key skills needed to crush amateur
club-level players. Each video will feature one or more of these skills
and how they were used to win the game. In addition to the 10
playthrough videos, this course comes with a bonus video that summarizes
the four key skills and what you can do to improve your own skills.

By studying these playthrough videos, learning from Dalton’s thought-process, and applying
the tips, tricks, and advice to your own games, you’ll become a better player and start winning more games.

A fun lovers Guide to the Major Chess Openings

Find chess openings that are right for your personality, goals and interests and chess improvement needs generally

Created by Tryfon Gavriel - FIDE Chess Candidate Master


Students: 477, Price: $94.99

Students: 477, Price:  Paid

A Guide to the Major Openings of Chess

This course provides an instructive tour and overview of the major named openings of Chess. It also provides where appropriate value-added insights from FIDE CM Kingscrusher for the potential plans and ups and downs of each opening. It also creates a 3 tier framework for these openings and in particular separates out entertainment value, chess improvement value tactically, positional improvement value.

The major named openings of Chess that this course goes over with example games include:

Alapin's Opening

Amar Opening aka Ammonia Opening

Albin Counter-Gambit

Anderssen's Opening

Alekhine's Defence

Balogh Defence

Baltic Defence aka Grau Defense aka Sahovic Defense

Barnes Opening

Benko Gambit

Benko's Opening aka King's Fianchetto Opening, Hungarian Opening, Barca, Bilek

Benoni Defence

Bird's Opening

Bishop's Opening

Bogo-Indian Defence

Budapest Gambit

Caro-Kann Defence

Catalan Opening

Center Game

Clementz Opening

Colle System

Ware Opening aka Meadow Hay aka Corn Stalk Defence

Danish Gambit

Desperez Opening

Dunst aka Reverse Tango, Baltic, Van Geet, Romanian, Queen's Knight Attack

Dutch Defence

Elephant Gambit

English Opening

Evan's Gambit

Four Knight's Game

French Defence

Giuoco Piano

Grob's Attack

Grünfeld Defence aka Gruenfeld defence

Hippopotamus Defence

Italian Game

King's Gambit

King's Indian Attack

King's Indian Defence

King's Indian Defence - notes

King's Pawn Game

King's Pawn Game - notes

Larsen's Opening aka Nimzo-Larsen Attack aka Queen's Fianchetto Opening

Latvian Gambit

London System

Mieses Opening

Modern Defence

Nimzowitsch Defence aka Tango

Old Indian Defence

Owen's Defence

Nimzo Indian Defence

Petrov Defence

Philidor defence

Pirc Defence

Queen's Gambit

Queen's Indian Defence

Queen's Pawn Game

Réti Opening

Richter-Veresov Attack

Richter-Veresov Attack - notes

Ruy Lopez

Saragossa Opening

Scandinavian Defence aka Center Counter

Scotch Game

Sicilian Defence

Sicilian Defence:

Sicilian Defence: Najdorf Variation: 5...a6

Sicilian Defence: Dragon Variation: 5...g6

Sicilian Defence: Classical Variation: 5...Nc6

Sicilian Defence: Scheveningen Variation: 5...e6

Sicilian Defence: Sveshnikov Variation: 4...Nf6 5.Nc3 e5

Sicilian Defence: Accelerated Dragon: 4...g6

Sicilian Defence: Kalashnikov Variation: 4...e5 5.Nb5 d6

Sicilian Defence: Taimanov Variation

Sicilian Defence: Kan (Paulsen) Variation: 4...a6

Sicilian Defence: Four Knights Variation: 4...Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6

Sicilian Defence: Pin Variation: 4...Nf6 5.Nc3 Bb4

Sicilian Defence: Alapin Variation (2.c3)

Sicilian Defence: Smith-Morra Gambit

Slav Defence

Sodium Attack

Sokolsky Opening aka Orang Utan

St George Defence

Stonewall Attack System

Tarrasch Defence

Tennison Gambit

Torre Attack

Two Knight's defence

Van't Kruijs Opening

Vienna Game

Vienna Game: Frankenstein-Dracula Variation

Wade Defence

Ware Opening

Zukertort Opening

It puts these named Openings into various Tiers of importance

It identifies key named variations and key plans for each opening.

It provides example games to illustrate the major themes and ideas of a particular opening or variation

Example games are used dynamically - more to show the importance of key variations within Major Openings and less for less obscure openings. The ups and downsides of an opening can also be demonstrated with pro and con example games.

Bobby Fischer’s most instructive games of Chess 1956-1962

Learn about Bobby Fischer's Opening repertoire, tactics and common strategies from this period of Fischer's career

Created by Tryfon Gavriel - FIDE Chess Candidate Master


Students: 164, Price: $89.99

Students: 164, Price:  Paid

Learn about Bobby Fischer's evolving opening repertoire, tactics, and common strategies

In this course, Kingscrusher goes over Bobby Fischer's earlier career from when Fischer became very strong which was at the time of the "Game of the Century" game, and examines some of the more fun and instructive games Fischer played.

The course structures itself on Fischer's major tournaments during the time period 1956-1962 and tries to extract as much "instructive juice" from each and every game. The course also tracks historically any changes in Fischer's opening repertoire, and depth of tactics, strategy, and endgame technique.

Fischer has some of the most instructive games of any World chess champion and was in an era where Opening theory and Chess Engines were not so highly evolved. So quite often players were improvising more and the actual battle starting early in the games for instructive moments to learn from. Fischer's accuracy, when checked with modern engines, is often without any major errors - and for this reason, perhaps the Soviet Chess Grandmasters often referred to Fischer as a computer! This should be taken as a complement for Fischer's accuracy and determination to win every game. On certain statistical polls Fischer comes up as one of the most accurate world chess champions especially when factoring in the complexity of positions, comes even ahead of Capablanca for overall engine-like accuracy.

Fischer's Opening systems

Bobby Fischer had a specific system early on in his career which he used - The King's Indian Attack. This seemed to serve him very well and helped him win his first US Chess Championship - the first of many US championships he would win. Fischer gradually started to become more theoretical with 1.e4 and go into various specific variations of the Sicilian defence, Caro-Kann or other defences without resorting to the Kings Indian attack setup. In particular the Russians feared Fischer so much on the White side of a Sicilian defence with Bc4 that they would often use the Caro-Kann instead of the Sicilian defence against him!. 

With Black, the Sicilian Najdorf vs 1.e4 is still very popular at the modern Grandmaster level, and Fischer's handling of the Sicilian Defence is highly instructive.

With black against 1.d4 Fischer used quite often the King's Indian defence but was also playing in this period the Nimzo indian defence and other systems as well.

Fischer's Middlegame tactics and strategies

Regarded as a "computer" by the Russians, Fischer's tactics are sometimes absolutely brilliant and "computer-like!". So much so that even grandmasters commentating expect Fischer to resign on occasion only for Fischer's opponent to resign abruptly a few moves later like in a classic game vs Byrne. Fischer is able to see the more "theoretical downsides" that are extremely subtle and often by force bring these to the surface to expose those downsides in reality.

Fischer's endgames

Fischer's will to win gives us great exposure in how to squeeze out wins from even very small advantages. Fischer would sometimes play out games across multiple adjournments even against feel US players like Sherwin when playing abroad. Fischer would basically take no prisoners and rarely offer draws. In trying to extract the maximum result from each and every game, we get to witness often highly instructive endgame technique, and especially where Fischer was renowned such as in Bishop vs Knight endgames. Many of Fischer's opponents make instructive blunders in seemingly innocuous rook and pawn endgames where Fischer's finesse and focus finds the narrow path to victories quite frequently even in seemingly drawish rook and pawn endgames.

Chess Middlegames – Essentials Training Course

This Chess Essentials course will teach you how to master Chess Middlegames

Created by Manuel Ocantos - Chess Teacher


Students: 152, Price: $89.99

Students: 152, Price:  Paid

Are you frustrated trying to find good moves in your games? This course will teach you how to play middlegames.

This course was designed for anyone who, in addition to loving the game of chess, wants to bring his/her understanding to a higher level.

Clearly knowing the chess rules is needed to do the course. For your convenience the squares of the board are marked to help you if you're not familiar with chess notation.

What will you learn in this Chess Middlegames Essentials course?

  • The Most Important Thing about Middlegames

  • How to Attack

  • How to Create and Exploit your Opponent's Weaknesses

  • What to Do in Quiet Positions

  • When to Transition to an Ending

  • How to Defend

Practice makes perfect

Throughout the course you will be testing your skills with practical activities. Everything that you need

to do them is provided here.

No risk for you

If you're not happy with the purchase, you have 30 days to get a refund

Enroll now, can't wait to see you inside!

Chess Openings – Essentials Training Course

This Chess Essentials course will teach you how to understand and play Chess Openings, even those that you don't know

Created by Manuel Ocantos - Chess Teacher


Students: 105, Price: $79.99

Students: 105, Price:  Paid

Hi, my name is Manuel Ocantos. I am a chess player, top ten of the country that I represent (Luxembourg).

Are you having problems with the first moves of your games? This course will allow you to dominate chess openings.

In this course I will teach you everything you need to know to play the first 10-15 moves of a game

against any move that your opponent plays. You will learn how to apply principles so you'll understand

what you will be doing in your games. You won't have to memorize hundreds of lines to play the opening well.

This course is for beginners. You do not need any previous knowledge about chess besides knowing the rules.

For your convenience the squares of the board are marked to help you if you're not familiar with chess notation.

You will learn the fundamental chess principles but more importantly when those principles can be broken.

Throughout the course you will be testing your skills. There are activity files to download so that you can take your time and analyze the positions that I give to solve.

If you are tired of getting bad positions in your games or intimated by your opponent's confident play

together we'll learn how to improve at this fascinating game.

Chess Endings – Complete Training Course

This complete course will teach you all you need to master Chess Endings.

Created by Manuel Ocantos - Chess Teacher


Students: 87, Price: $89.99

Students: 87, Price:  Paid

Welcome to my Complete Course about Chess Endings, the only course you need to learn to how to play during this stage of the game.

We'll take you step-by-step through engaging video tutorials and teach you everything you need to know to stop losing or ruining ending positions. This course includes practical activities in every section to make sure that you'll test your new knowledge and a final activity where you will evaluate endings using all the ideas that you learned in the course.

Throughout this comprehensive course, we cover a lot of topics, including:

  • The 2 Most Important Ideas in Endings

  • Connected Passed Pawns

  • The Geometry of the Chess Board

  • Rook Endings

  • Zugzwang

  • Mutual Zugzwang

  • Underpromotion

  • Perpetual Check

  • Intermediate Moves

  • Opposition

  • Triangulation

  • Importance of Piece Activity

  • Stalemate

  • Slowly Improving your Position

  • Good Knight against Bad Bishop

  • Good Bishop against Bad Knight

  • Opposite colored bishops Endings

  • Queen Endings

  • Building a Fortress

  • Principle of 2 Weaknesses

  • Basic Endings without pawns

  • Advanced Endings without pawns

  • Endings with a rook pawn and a bad bishop

By the end of this course, you will improve both your practical and theoretical skills but most importantly know how to evaluate endings, without having to memorize hundreds of endings.

Sign up today, and look forward to:

  • Video Lectures

  • Practical Activities

  • Downloads

  • A Key Points Summary of what you'll learn

  • Games for you to study

No risk for you

If you're not happy with the purchase, you have 30 days to get a refund

Chess; Deadly Opening Traps

Traps that help you win easily

Created by Mukul Suhas Padgaonkkar - Imparting Knowledge


Students: 26, Price: $19.99

Students: 26, Price:  Paid

Hi all,

This course primarily focuses on the most important part in the game of Chess, which is "The Opening". If you can play the opening right, then you  definitely get an advantage through out the game. In this course I have made a sincere effort to share the most effective chess opening traps.  Players who wish to get an edge in the opening, and secure a quick and easy win , should definitely try these.  I have covered the traps which can be used in the most popular openings, helping you to win easily.

The most popular openings include;

1) The Spanish Opening (Ruy Lopez) - this is one of the most common openings ever played, even by Grand Masters.

2) The Italian Opening (Giuoco Piano)-this is the second most popular opening.

3) The Sicilian Defence- Often players with white pieces find it  very difficult to play against the Sicilian defence. In this course, I have covered the opening traps which are easy to remember and easy to use.

When the traps covered here are used as shown in the video, it assures you a quick win/advantage.

So learn these traps and THEN CRUSH YOUR OPPONENT.

Once you know the secret, playing Chess becomes fun.

Remember Chess is an Art, and it can only be mastered through Practice.