Learning Chess Manual for Chess Trainers: Step 2 - Rob Brunia & Cor Van Wijgerden



Learning Manual For Chess Trainers: Step 2 - Rob Brunia & Cor Van Wijgerden

paperback, 124 pages

ISBN: 90-77275-36-3

The step-by-step method has been developed by Rob Brunia and Cor van Wijgerden to teach children to play chess. A large number of schools and chess clubs in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Austria use this method for their chess lessons.

This method consists of six steps. Each step is accompanied with an instruction book with the teaching material to be used by the trainer / teacher / parent and a workbook with exercises for the students.

Step 2
The 'real' work begins in the second step. After the rules of the game and the basic skills from the previous step, the first principles of tactics and positional play are on the program now.
We are going to teach attacking techniques and how to win material in a clever way.

Tactics are very important in playing chess. The tactical possibilities seen by advanced chess players originate from good positional play; in the case of the students of step two they come out of thin air. At this level all games are decided by tactics, so it is logical to pay a lot of attention to this matter.

Positional play is still less important at this level than tactics. The problem is that to introduce even the most simple positional concepts is aiming too high. This introduction is made in the second step, but at the beginning it is better to point out the positional elements when analysing the children's games.

Manual Step 2 is a great support for the trainer, even if he is an experienced one. Ready made lessons, hints how to use the workbooks, how to give assistance, and so on. Almost everything is to be found there.


Introductory articles about:

- The chess development of a child
- The characteristic features of children's play
- The sequence of the material
- Teaching
- Discussing the games of the children

For the students almost everything is new in the second step. That is why there is a smaller number of lessons than in the other steps.
1: Activity of pieces
2: Double attack: queen (1)
3: Double attack: queen (2)
4: The pin
5: Elimination of the defence
6: The 3 golden rules
7: Mate in two
8: Double attack: knight
9: Mating with the rook
10: Double attack: RBQK
11: Discovered attack
12: Defending against mate
13: The short notation

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