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The Beginner's Level of Play Index

Wolverhampton Chess Club



Targets to attain

  • know how to set up a chessboard correctly
  • know what is meant by the chess terms: rank, file, diagonal, queen-side, king-side
  • know how to identify and name all of the chess pieces - both physically (in the Staunton form) and as the symbols used in this site.
  • know that how to move each of the six different chess pieces.
  • know the comparative strengths of the pieces.
  • know that White always makes the first move.
  • know that White and Black move alternately.
  • know that only one piece can be on a square at one time.
  • know that if you touch a piece you have to move that piece - you can't change your mind!
  • know how to think of attack positions for each piece.
  • know how to 'take' an opponent's piece.
  • know how to evaluate the value of a capture.
  • know how to 'take' an opponent's piece with a pawn.
  • know how to defend by moving away
  • know how to defend an attacked piece by using another piece to fortify its position.
  • know how to defend by capturing the attacker.
  • know how to defend by moving another piece so it is in the path of the attacker - blocking the attack..
  • know that you are 'in check' if your King is under attack from an opponent's piece.
  • know that there are three ways of getting out of check.
    • Moving the King away.
    • Capturing the attacker.
    • Moving a piece in the way - blocking the attack.
  • know that you have checkmate when you have checked a King in such a way that the opponent could:
    • Not move his King away
    • Not capture the attacker
    • Not move a piece to block the attack
  • know how to 'castle' both on the King and Queen's side.
  • know how to take a pawn that makes a double square initial move 'en passant'
  • know that at the end of a game you can 'win', 'lose' or 'draw'
  • know what is meant by the term 'stalemate'
  • know what is meant by the term 'perpetual check'