Free Demo

This free demo will let you experience 10 free Chess Mentor lessons with no restrictions. They start easy and get harder and harder!

Chess Mentor subscribers can also use the ADAPTIVE learning mode to study lessons based their own rating and weaknesses.

To learn more about how to use the Chess Mentor interface, rollover the image below and read about the different parts of the interface.

Clicking here will show you the goal, or purpose, of this lesson. This can help you know what to look for.
Clicking here will show you the key pieces - those that you should most consider when looking at this position.
Clicking here will tell you how many moves are in this lesson and which # you are currently on.
Clicking here will show you a chart that compares the material value on the board.
Clicking here will show you the key squares in this position - those you should most consider when looking at the current board setup.
Clicking here will open an analysis board where you can move pieces around freely.
Clicking here will show you the average rating of this lesson.
Clicking here will show you the correct piece to move, but not where to move it.
Clicking here will make the correct move for you, but you will lose all points for that move.
Clicking here will show you, on a scale of 1 to 10, the importance, or difficulty, of the current move compared to the other moves in the current lesson. A move of "1" is not that difficult or important to the position, where a "2" may be the hardest or most critical move on the board.
Clicking here will show you the correct square where you will move a piece, but will not show you the piece to move.
Clicking here takes you to this help page.
Clicking here takes you to the settings page where you can choose your preferences such as board size and color, training mode, etc.
Clicking here lets you quickly report any bugs or mistakes in the lessons that you might possibly find.
Clicking here will take you to the next lesson and save your progress in the current lesson.
Click here to show the hint indicated by the active tab above it (Subtle, Strong, or Direct).
This is the most subtle hint that should give you a simple insight into the position.
This is a strong hint that will help you understand the position more clearly.
This is the most direct hint available.
Click here to replay the last move. You will need to do this after WRONG moves so you have a chance to read the text of why it was a wrong move.
Click here to continue after you have made your move and read the response text, after the computer move, or at the end of a lesson.
This is the response text to your move.
This is where the main text of the lessons will appear. Every time you move or see a response move you will see text here which will help explain the lesson. You may also find general introductory information about the lesson, the players, or historical anecdotes.
This is the timer that tracks approximately how long you have taken on each move and on the total lesson. Some short pauses are built in to allow for reading, page refreshes, etc.
This is the name of the course.
These are the authors of the course.
This shows your level of subscription to Chess Mentor.
This is the title of the lesson.
This will take you back to the Chess Mentor homepage and end your training session.
This lets you know which side is to move (the side you are playing as). You will also see the GOAL text appear here.
This shows you how well you are performing in the lesson. A green bar means you are clearly passing, an orange means you are in danger of failing, and red means you have failed.
This is the board where you make your moves and see the response moves. To make a move either drag the piece with your mouse or click on the piece to move and then again on the destination square.
GOAL KEY PIECES TOTAL STEPS MATERIAL KEY SQUARES ANALYSIS BOARD DIFFICULTY CORRECT PIECE SHOW ANSWER MOVE IMPORTANCE CORRECT SQUARE HELP SETTINGS REPORT A BUG SKIP THIS LESSON SHOW HINT SUBTLE HINT STRONG HINT DIRECT HINT BACK CONTINUE MESSAGE TEXT TIMER COURSE SUBSCRIBE AUTHOR TITLE PLAY AS STATUS BAR BOARD