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A quick reference page hosted by yours truly to help teach, develop and improve both critical thinking skills and reasoning skills in the form of chess. This page is a free learning resource for individuals who would like to learn how to play, improve, as well as get better at the game. A few skills can be learned here as well depending on how much effort, time and patience is placed into understanding and learning the game itself.
- About Chess -
Chess is a board game of strategic skill for two players, played on a checkered board. Each player begins the game with sixteen pieces that are moved and used to capture opposing pieces according to precise rules. The object is to put the opponent's king under a direct attack from which escape is impossible ( checkmate ). The following will go into detail regarding how to play.

- How to Play & Chess Notation -
Chess is quite easy to learn how to play. The objective of the game is to checkmate the game which requires setting up your pieces so that you can easily go for the kill of the enemy king. How to play guides are numerous on the web as well as come included in the instruction manual that is packaged with the chess set if you were to purchase one. The following links would guide you and help answer questions on the fundamentals as well as recording moves.
How To Play
- Lessons -
In the week, there will be a total of 4 planned lessons assuming a set period of 5 total days of camp. The following will be the list of topics and detailed explanation as well as links to help guide you on your learning and further your understanding of the game.
Intro to Chess/ How to Play/ Rules
We will be reviewing as well as teaching the fundamentals of chess for new players who don't know how to play chess as well as go over the rules. For players who know how to play already, during this time- they will be permitted to challenge others to friendly games. We will also be going over chess notation which is important and everyone will be required to take apart of the exercises.
Relevant links:
Ranking System
The camp will have a ranking system in which points would be assigned to individuals throughout the week. The individual with the most points at the end of the week would be the winner. Points could be earned by playing games, completing exercises as well as helping out. However, points also could be lost due to negative behaviour and attitude as well as failure to listen/pay attention.
At the end of every lesson, after all exercises and lessons have been covered, players can challenge their friends to play games of chess. Every game that has been agreed to be ranked will count for points and follow the "touch-move rule" (The touch-move rule is the most basic rule of tournament chess. Even people who don't play chess at all know that when a chess player intentionally touches one of his pieces, he must make a move with this piece (of course if such a legal move exists). 
The following is the point list for chess-related material only.

Mon- Thurs
Attempted Exercise:   + 5 pts
Completed Exercise: +5 pts
Correct Exercise:      +5pts
*For a maximum total of 15 pts from exercises per day.
Ranked Games:
Win: +10pts
Draw/Tie: +5pts
Loss: +2 pts
Win: +50 pts
Draw/Tie: +25pts
Loss: +10pts
*Points could also be obtained (or lost) by a violation of rules or helping out.
Review of Chess Notation/ How to Play/ Basic Goals 
Tuesday is mostly solidifying understand and what has just been learned from the previous day. A more in depth review of chess notation will be explained and gone over as well as tips on what goals should be tried to be obtained in the game.
A quick summary of chess notation:
- Another helpful link. Chess Notation (2)
Basic Goals to Keep in Mind when Playing.
- Try to control the centre of the board as much as possible.
- Remember to protect your own King as you attack theirs (your opponent).
- Be sure to record every move so that you can review after.
- Be viligant and patient. Make sure to look at every possible "danger" before moving.
- Piece safety is very important. Be sure to not lose pieces by careless mistakes.
Common Endgames and Ways to Checkmate
On Wednesday, we will be going over basic common endgames and checkmate.

The following will be discussed:
2 Rook Checkmate
1 Rook + King Checkmate
1 Queen + King Checkmate
Rook + Queen Checkmate
This link goes over in detail the above checkmates and a few others. Common Checkmates
Basic Tactics: Forks, Pins, and Skewers / Special Moves: Castling, En Passant, Promotion
We will cover basic tactics which include the common fork, pin, and skewer as well as special moves. 
The following are links to help further understand each.
Fork Pin Skewer: Fork, Pin & Skewer
Special Chess Rules/Moves: Special Moves
Review if necessary. Question and Answer Session/ 2 Move Checkmate/ 4 Move Checkmate
We will review if necessary and do a quick question and answer session for any question that may arise as well as go over the 2 Move Checkmate and 4 Move Checkmate. We will also go over easy ways to counter it.

The following links are for further aid if required for the two move sets. 
2 Move Checkmate: Guide
4 Move Checkmate: Guide (2)

*The remaining time of each day will go into games (ranked or friendly against players)

Ranked: Counts for points
Friendly: Doesn't count for any points
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* Note: This website is not affiliated nor endorsed by the University of Windsor, nor Lancer Camps.

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- Have fun and good luck! - 
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