FREE Chess Lesson Plans
Chess teachers and coaches can help each other by sharing short chess lesson plans on this site. These are 5 to 15 minute lessons for use during a chess club meeting or chess class, leaving plenty of time to enjoy honing the new skill over the board.
Lessons are listed below in the approximate order that they are normally taught. Examples of many possible additions are included in the list, but without links (topic order and title changes will be determined by contributors).
All of the chess lesson plans on this page were contributed by teachers and coaches for their own use. They are sharing these with you, hoping you’ll do the same.
If you have a new or improved lesson plan to share, please email it in MS Word (doc) or Rich Text (rtf) format email@example.com with “Lesson Plan” included in the subject. Sample outlines you can use when creating your own lesson plan are available inMS Word (doc) andRich Text (rtf) format. We will convert your file to the other formats available for each lesson below, including web page (html) and Adobe Acrobat (pdf).
We hope you’ll benefit from these, and
please help others by sharing your chess lesson plans with exercises.
The Chess Board
The Piece Names and Starting Position
Pawn Moves and Captures
Knight Moves, Pattern and Tour
Bishop Moves and Importance of Color
Rook Moves and Open Files
King Moves, Legal Moves and Introduction to Check
Piece Values, Exchanges and Material Advantage
Check, Escaping From It and Checkmate
Draws – Stalemate and How To Avoid It
Pawn Under-Promotion – why not a queen?
Draws – Insufficient Mating Material
Draws – 3 Fold Repetition and 50 Move Rule – scoresheet or independent witness required
Draws – By Agreement – and when not to agree
Endgame – King and Queen or Rook
Opening Principles – Center Pawn First
Opening Principles – Minor Pieces Second – stopping the scholar’s mate
Opening Principles – Castle Early – protect the King, activate the Rook
Opening Principles – Keep your Queen at Home – or else…
Opening Principles – One Move per Piece – introduction to time and space
Introduction to Pawn Structure
The Pawn Game
Analysis Basics – questions to ask yourself each move
Tactics – Pins
Tactics – Skewers
Tactics – Discovery Attacks and Double Check
Tactics – X-ray Attack
Tactics – Trading Pieces 1 – clearing the board with material advantage
Tactics – Trading Pieces 2 – gaining positional advantage
More topics to come with above topic order and title changes determined by lesson plan contributors
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