Getting started with the Coaching stuff

You're going to find the coaching materials on this site a bit tricky if you don't know how to play chess or how to read chess moves. After that, you can find things suitable for different levels of player, about chess and about the middlegame (both and ) and about , about chess history and , about chess , and about . There is also a lot about and the business of , and a bit about chess . There is also a guide to levels, ratings and grades. Everything else is either of interest or possibly of interest to .

If you're not sure where to start, try and decide what class of player you are, what you want to work on, whether and about the middlegame (both and ) and about , and then consult the index of materials for different levels of player by topic to find something that might be relevant.

If you're still not sure, I have some more direct advice aimed at the junior chess squad, whom I have worked alongside through triumph and disaster for many years. The advice, which has hardly changed in all this time, may be summarised as:

You might also find some pointers if you give yourself a player's MOT and learn the ABC of chess