Learning Manual For Chess Trainers: Step 4 - Rob Brunia & Cor Van Wijgerdenpaperback, 128 pages
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.
The difficulty level of the material from the fourth step is higher than in step three. That is mainly the consequence of the increasing number of moves needed to solve the exercises.
Most of the topics require solutions which are 2½ move deep: White plays, Black answers, White plays, Black answers and Whites scores. That is why a good command and application of the topics from the third step are absolutely necessary.
Tactics are dominated in a large degree by the preparatory move. The immediate attack does not work yet and a preparatory action is necessary. All existing preparations are dealt with: luring, eliminating the defence, chasing, aiming and clearing.
Gradually, the positional aspects are going to play more and more (a modest) part in the games of the fourth step students. The best way to introduce this kind of vague topics is to use the endgame.
The lessons about material advantage and endgame strategy contain many strategic issues. Furthermore, the lesson about the weak pawns makes students aware to be ( a bit more ) careful while playing with their pawns.
The same applies to the lesson about the opening. Anyway, it remains best to deal with the positional factors while commenting the games of the students.
Manual Step 4 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.
- Subject material
- Chess games
- Thinking ahead
- Applying thef knowledge
- The transition to the seniors
- Analysing a position
Furthermore, 17 lessons are being dealt with:
1: Opening advantage
5: Thinking ahead
6: Placing the front and back piece
7: The passed pawn
8: Eliminating the defence
9: The magnet
10: Weak pawns
11: Material advantage
12: Chasing and aiming
13: Attack on the king
14: Seventh rank
15: Endgame strategy
17: Queen against pawn
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