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Study Plan Directory

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  • | Sep 8, 2011

What should I do now to improve my skills?... What videos will help my Endgame?... Which Mentor Courses will make me a better strategist? At my level, should I be playing more - or studying more?...

... Sound familiar? Well, wonder no longer:

Study Plans bring uncertainty and aimlessness to an end, charting a clear path to chess improvement! Let's face it: There is a huge wealth of information & learning tools on Chess.com, and these plans will help you navigate through it, with two goals:

  • to reveal the very best material for your current skill level, and...
  • to unify that content so that diverse yet complementary activities reinforce each other for high-impact learning and fast improvement!


    Plans for Beginning Players (Ratings < 1399)

      #1 Beyond the Basics

      #2 Beginners: The Opening!

      #3 Beginners: Tactics!

      #4 Beginners: Strategy!

      #5 Beginners: The Endgame!

      #6 Beginners: Bringing It All Together!


      Plans for Intermediate Players (Ratings 1400-1799)

        #1 Intermediate: The Opening!

        #2 Intermediate: Strategy!

        #3 Intermediate: Tactics!

        #4 Intermediate: The Endgame!

        #5 Intermediate: Bringing It All Together!

        Advanced players, stay tuned for more Study Plans, coming eventually...


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        • 15 months ago


          lets see i cud win by thes plans

        • 15 months ago


          Yes I agree that study plans should be given out much earlier and not stalled forever. Perhaps the staff are too absorbed in finding new customers for their ads space and forgot the needs of experienced players.

        • 15 months ago


          Chemwong I am anything but mediocre. I study on my own and have learned a lot. I self-teach myself as I'm good at it. Most people need a syllabus to help them get the basics and fundamentals and then move on. Advanced materials come from those whose creativity, time investd in learning chess, dedication to the game helps those who need the help to get it. If something was promised it should be delivered period. Good luck on all your games.

        • 15 months ago


          "Therefore, mediocrity and speed chess will continue to reign supreme, because most of you are ignorant."

          Yes, blitz chess or bullet chess from non-premium members generates coins from ads fastest as they spawn at monstrous rate. The "dedicated" member in terms of paying membership fee and chess study time, are neither of top importance nor top urgency.

        • 15 months ago


          I have to agree with Les4chess on that one. I think with advanced plans Chess.com would have to raise our premiums to pay for it.

        • 15 months ago


          If I don't see advanced study plans soon I'll get pissed and start spamming!Yell

        • 15 months ago


          Make sure you understand each section completely or you'll just get confused. Each section builds on the knowledge of the other. Just like math if you don't understand one part you won't understand harder math. Make sure you play a lot of chess though. That is the best teacher.

        • 15 months ago


          Some advice please re how best to use the Study Plans.  Should one for example take each section step by step and fully complete before moving on to next section, i.e. complete #1 Beyond the Basics before moving on to #2 Beginners: The Opening! etc. OR mave in a parallel fashion thorugh each section until all completed?


        • 15 months ago


          I would study what is provided until I've learned it. Pick an opening that fits you for white and black and play it religiously against every opening that your opponents throw at you. Nothing like playing and focusing on every move you and your opponenet make. It will sharpen your skills, and play tactics everyday. You should improve your rating in no time. Play the game for fun too, you'll win more games.

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        • 16 months ago


          LOL when i joined this site they were waiting for the advanced study plans....now over a year later, there still are no plans...i wonder what is happening...

        • 16 months ago


          I know everything that beginner needs to know acording to the study plan, but I am still rated 723.

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        • 16 months ago


          thank you ,thats helpfullllll!!!!!

        • 16 months ago


          advanced would certainly be above my head - but its a valid learning method to be exposed to material beyond me - I learned to swim in the deep end of the pool. I would love to have world championship play explained to me

        • 16 months ago



          1. Qaxa6Qxa62. Qcxc6Qdxc63. Qdxg6Qhxg64. Qxg6Qxg65. Qexe6Qgxe66. Qxh7Qh6 7Qg8 is mate so??????????????????????

        • 16 months ago


          Too content... New rule too play out game to the bitter end what about 50 move rule , help please

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