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How to Rank a Player

Beginning – Players who can:

  • Demonstrate how to set up a chessboard.
  • Demonstrate how the pieces move and capture.
  • Explain checkmate and stalemate.
  • Demonstrates how to castle both sides.
  • Demonstrate the ability to play a game of chess to completion.

 

Intermediate – Players who can:

  • Explain the relative value of the pieces and how that can be used to evaluate an exchange.
  • Explain the touch move rule.
  • Demonstrate the proper way to play with a clock.
  • Demonstrate how to capture en passant.
  • Demonstrate mate with a King & Queen vs. King, King & 2 Rooks vs. King, and King & Rook vs. King.

 

Advanced – Players who can:

 

  • Explain the general principles of the opening.
  • Demonstrate how to read and record a chess game.
  • Understand the importance of, and apply, an appropriate thought process.
  • Understand the importance of, and apply, good time management.
  • Demonstrate basic tactics: fork, pin, back-rank mate, discovered attack.
  • Record their moves using algebraic notation.

 

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