Pawn

  • Understand how each piece moves. King, Queen, Knight, Bishop, Rook, Pawn.
  • Chess board set up
  • Understand En Passent
  • Understand Check, Check Mate, and Stale Mate
  • Understand rules to castling
  • Understand Pawn Promotion
  • Understand Chess Etiquette – Introduction, Touch Move, Quiet During Game, Focus, Winning/Losing Graciously

Knight

  • Understand Opening, Middle Game, and End Game
  • Understand basic checkmates – elephant walk, smothered mate, kiss of death
  • Learn Scholar’s Mate and Fool’s Mate
  • 4 ways a game can end in a draw
  • Understand hanging piece
  • Understand the point value of each piece
  • 50 checkmate in 1 problems
  • Play 20 Face to Face games (List the date/time of the game, opponent’s name, who was white, and the winner.)
  • Play at least 10 games with someone that has been playing longer than you.
  • Teach someone new how to play Chess (Help them become a Pawn)

Bishop

  • Understand the Principles of Opening
  • Memorize 3 openings
  • 50 checkmate in 2 problems
  • Understand how to take Algebraic Chess Notation
  • Play 20 Face to Face games (List the date/time of the game, opponent’s name, who was white, and the winner.)
  • Play at least 10 games with someone that has been playing longer than you.
  • Play 1 game using Chess Notation
  • Teach someone new how to play Chess (Help them become a Knight)

Rook

  • Memorize 3 more openings
  • Understand tactics – Forks, Pins, Skewers, Discovery
  • Use each tactic in a notated game
  • Play 25 notated games
  • Play in 2 tournaments
  • Teach a chess topic to a class
  • Teach someone new how to play Chess (Help them become a Bishop)

Queen

  • Play in 5 tournaments
  • Play 50 notated games
  • Teach someone new how to play Chess (Help them become a Bishop)
  • Solve 25 tactics problems (Chesstempo.com)
  • Solve 25 endgame problems (Chesstempo.com)
  • Teach someone new how to play Chess (Help them become a Bishop)
  • Teach an Opening to a class

King

  • Qualify and Play in State Tournament
  • Play 100 notated games
  • Break 1000 rating
  • Solve 100 tactics problems (Chesstempo.com)
  • Solve 100 endgame problems (Chesstempo.com)
  • Teach a chess topic to a class

We use http://www.chesstimeapp.com/ to play chess online, but it does not count toward Face to Face and notated games.