Free Online Chess Lessons

The King of Board Games

The world knows three ancient board games that have survived to this day: backgammon, go and chess. Backgammon is said to be the game of man versus fate. Go is the game of man versus his own ego. Chess falls in the middle of these two extremes as the game of man versus man. Chess pits human intellect against itself; it stretches human genius to its very limits as no other exercise can.

Chess is one of the oldest and noblest games in the world. It is said to have originated in India around 400-500 AD and from there traveled to Persia where it was played by kings and generals. The Arabs brought it with them to Europe in the Middle Ages. Since then it has gained worldwide acceptance as the king of board games. The word chess is a corruption of the Persian "shah" meaning ruler or king.

Chess is played by two persons on a square board with pieces called chessmen. Players use their pieces to try and capture each other's top figure, the king. Thus the objective of chess is to capture the opponent's king whilst defending one's king.

If you are looking for a game that will really challenge and help develop your mental skills, chess is the game for you. Chess is easy to learn, yet it takes a lifetime to fully master. You will never really stop learning chess. It will grow in you and you will grow in it. Get started today with our free chess lessons. We begin with the fundamentals describing the chess board, its pieces and their qualities. We then describe chess notation systems. Then we look at the various opening, checkmating, castling and capturing strategies. We finish with a summary of chess rules.

Enjoy our free chess lessons, future grandmaster!

Chess Lessons Index

Lesson I - Chess Board, Chessmen and Point Values Lesson II - Chessmen Arrangement, the Pawn and Rook Lesson III - The Knight, Bishop, Queen and King Lesson IV - En Passant, Capture, Check and Checkmate Lesson V - How to Read and Write Algebraic Chess Notation Lesson VI - Abbreviated Chess Notation and Forsyth Notation Lesson VII - Chess Rules for Openings Lesson VIII - Sample Chess Opening Moves Lesson IX - How to Defend the King with a Castle Lesson X - Basic Checkmating Patterns Lesson XI - Checkmating Mistakes by Beginners Lesson XII - Pinning, Fork and Skewer Tactics Lesson XIII - Deflection, Decoy, Overload, Discovered Attacks and Other Tactics Lesson XIV - General Chess Rules and Draw Rules