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# 2019/2020 Curriculum for Chess Lessons.

## Curriculum for Intermediate level.

### Lesson 1

• Overview: Algebraic notation, Value of Pieces, Promotion, Under-promotion, En Passant Captures, Pawn Exchange, Castle
• Draw: Stalemate, Perpetual Checks, Insufficient Material, 50 Moves Rules

### Lesson 2

Simple checkmating patterns:

• King against King and Queen
• Mating with two Rooks
• Mating with a Lone Rook
• Exercises

### Lesson 3

Simple checkmating patterns:

• Back Rank Mate
• Epaulette Mate
• Smothered Mate
• Exercises

### Lesson 4

Simple checkmating patterns:

• Checkmate a Lone King
• Checkmate Threats
• Famous Checkmates
• Exercises

### Lesson 5

• Summing Up (Lessons 1-4)
• Simple Games, Puzzles, Exercises

### Lesson 6

Overview:

• Scholar Mate and Fool’s Mate
• Weakness of the f2/f7 square
• Exercises

### Lesson 7

The 3 chess game phases:

• Opening
• Middlegame
• Endgame

Types of Chess Openings:

• King Pawn
• Queen Pawn
• Flank
• Gambit
• Irregular

Opening:

• Four Knight Opening
• The French Deference
• Queen’s Gambit
• Exercises

### Lesson 8

Chess Game Opening:

• The Nimzo-Indian Defense
• The King’s Indian Defense
• Bogo-Indian Defense
• Exercises

### Lesson 9

The King Pawn Openings:

• The Ruy Lopez
• The Caro-Kann Defense
• Exercises

### Lesson 10

The King Pawn Openings:

• The Sicilian Defense

The Sicilian Defense:

• closed
• Exercises

### Lesson 11

• Summing Up (Lessons 6-10)
• Simple Games
• Puzzles
• Exercises

### Lesson 12

Openings:

• Italian Game
• Scotch Game
• Scandinavian Defense
• Alekhine Defense
• Exercises

### Lesson 13

Openings:

• Slav Defense
• Gruenfeld Defense
• Dutch Defense
• Trompowsky Attack
• Benko Gambit
• Exercises

### Lesson 14

Openings:

• Catalan Opening
• English Opening
• Hungarian Opening
• Polish Opening
• Exercises

### Lesson 15

• Summing Up (Lessons 12-14)
• Simple Games
• Puzzles
• Exercises

### Lesson 16

• Planning & Strategy
• Top Middlegame Strategy Tips
• A Combination to Win Material
• Endgame Strategy
• Exercises

• Games
• Puzzles
• Exercises

### Lesson 18

Tactics:

• Forks
• Pins
• Making the Best Out of the Pin
• Skewers
• Exercises

### Lesson 19

Tactics:

• Discovered attack
• Double attack
• The Deflection
• Material Gain
• Exercises

Tactics:

• Decoying
• Exercises

### Lesson 21

Tactics:

• Zwischenzug tactic
• Exercises

### Lesson 22

• Summing Up (Lessons 18-21)
• Simple Games
• Puzzles
• Exercises

### Lesson 23

Tactics:

• Battery Attack
• Block
• Exercises

### Lesson 24

Tactics:

• Clearance Sacrifice
• Sacrifices
• Exercises

### Lesson 25

Tactics:

• Traps
• Windmill Attack
• X-Ray Attack
• Exercises

### Lesson 26

• Summing Up (Lessons 23-25)

### Lesson 27

• Basic Checkmates
• Exercises

### Lesson 28

• Common Mating Patterns
• Exercises

### Lesson 29

• Famous Checkmates

• Summing Up