Improvers

So, you have now successfully competed your beginner’s stage and now you are ready to learn more complex chess concepts.

The next stage will be to learn how to identify our and our opponent’s active and passive pieces, how to increase our piece activity, how to prevent our opponent’s activity. We will also learn about the mobility of pieces.

This is now time when we will get more involved in the art of analysis and learning how to find targets in the opponent’s position. We will be looking at tactics such as double attack by the queen, the knight, and the bishop.

We will also learn the concept of pin, how to plan it, and how to execute it, the ideas behind a pin, what to do once we do pin an opponent’s piece and how to prevent our opponent from pinning our pieces.

Identifying the defenders is our next task and we will learn that there are three ways to eliminate a defender, by capturing it, by chasing it away and by diverting it.

Now, we will look at the basic opening principles and how to use these in our games to ensure that our opening strategy is sound and our king safe. In addition, we will learn how to take advantage if our opponent does not know and does not follow these rules.

In the beginner’s course we would have learned some basic check mate patterns and check mates in one move and now we will take that to the next level by learning further, more sophisticated, patterns and how to check mate in two moves.

This is a short summary of some of the syllabus for the Improvers.