Lesson Plans

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 toadmin@okschess.org 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

EnPassant – pawn capture in passing
from Julie Luscomb, Claremore Christian Scholastic Chess Club, Claremore, OK
Formats: docrtfhtmlpdf

Knight Moves, Pattern and Tour

Bishop Moves and Importance of Color

Rook Moves and Open Files

Queen Moves

King Moves, Legal Moves and Introduction to Check

Castling

Piece Values, Exchanges and Material Advantage

Pawn Promotion

Check, Escaping From It and Checkmate

Draws – Stalemate and How To Avoid It

Chess Notation – the language of chess.
from Julie Luscomb, Claremore Christian Scholastic Chess Club, Claremore, OK
Formats: docrtfhtmlpdf

Checkmating And Checkmate Puzzles
from Julie Luscomb, Claremore Christian Scholastic Chess Club, Claremore, OK
Formats:docrtfhtmlpdf

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

Endgame- King and Pawn vs King – Elementary Opposition
from Julie Luscomb, Claremore Christian Scholastic Chess Club, Claremore, OK
Formats:docrtfhtmlpdf

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 – Forks
from Julie Luscomb, Claremore Christian Scholastic Chess Club, Claremore, OK
Formats: docrtfhtmlpdf

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