How Can I Teach Using Chess.com?

How Can I Teach Using Chess.com?

IM DanielRensch
Apr 21, 2017, 2:25 PM |
10 | Chess.com Help

Chess.com has invested heavily in providing powerful, innovative and all-around robust teaching tools for chess coaches and trainers of all levels and experience. This article is meant to serve as a guide to our tutorials and most commonly used tools by many of the world's leading 'online chess teachers'.

The most commonly used tool for online lessons on our site (and probably the web) is our Live Chess Analysis Board (also referred to as Examination Board):

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(found by clicking the new game dropdown in Live Chess and choosing Analysis Board)

Found in Live Chess, you can control all the settings, access, and information the board displays. You can also upload, download, update, and review a full PGN (including analysis) or FEN string. Check out IM Danny Rensch's video guide to learn more:

Along with the Live Chess Analysis Board above, the tool also used regularly by the Chess.com Video Author team, during ChessTV Broadcasts, for private (locally recorded) videos, and for general 'game review' assignments from coaches to students who may not have any other tools is the Analysis Board Editor or chess.com/analysis.

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(top bar shows Stockfish current evaluation and right-clicking feature shows commenting options)

As the image above shows, the Editor is equipped with a running engine (recently updated to include Stockfish 8), all the tools and highlights you wish you could make during a video, and the ability to make any changes, add comments, and save your work with a few clicks and a download of your newly created PGN. Check out our video tutorial here: 

Chess.com's Game Explorer and Opening Trees are updated regularly with the recent games of the world's top chess players. Coaches are often "assigning homework" that includes using the tools found at chess.com/openings and chess.com/explorer to make sure their students take the time to study all the games available to them so that they might master their own opening principles and variations or learn to play more like Jose Raul Capablanca.

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Finally, chess.com's "Learn" menu is full of practical tools sure to help every coach in their search for practice material for their students. Many coaches will assign Drills -- great for common endgame mastery -- Puzzles -- does anyone need convincing that they should always be solving tactics? -- and Vision Training -- for advanced calculation and board awareness techniques. 

Check out the full playlist on YouTube for more tutorials on using Chess.com!

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