With an estimated 600 million players worldwide, chess is one of the world's greatest games. In recent times, the game has been gaining recognition for its academic and mental health benefits. In fact, countries such a Armenia have integrated chess into their school curricula as a core subject. Chess University recently took things to the next level and even taught a graded, in-school, honors chess class at an American high school entirely online.

While interest in chess is increasing, access to chess instruction remains widely limited. Even in the U.S., it's hard to find quality chess instruction outside of the big metro areas.

Chess University strives to solve this problem and make high-quality chess education available to everyone via the internet. Our academy has offered live online courses for years and helped over 20,000 students of all ages (including adults) improve at chess through live online programs. However, we are just now starting to devote our attention to new, beginning chess players who still need to learn the rules and basics.

Chess University recently created the Intro To Chess Crash Course, a free 20-part video series with 70 exercises, that provides comprehensive instruction for beginners, including first-time players. Through this course, it's possible to learn everything needed to start enjoying the game of chess at no cost making it perfect for individuals, schools, recreational centers, senior centers, and other organizations interested in chess.

Here is the course syllabus: https://chessuniversity.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Intro-to-Chess-Syllabus.pdf

Over the next few weeks, we will post the individual video lessons from our Intro To Chess Crash Course in this blog. If you can't wait to go through this course, you can simply access it online on ChessVL (Chess University's sister site):


Not sure if you want to get serious with chess? Here are some compelling reasons to start playing:

  • Chess offers a great workout for the brain. A thorough mental exercise like chess helps grow dendrites in the brain, raise IQ, improve concentration, delay or prevent Alzheimer's, and even increase lifespan.
  • Chess helps improve memory, critical thinking, and foresight.
  • Chess teaches tenacity and grit.
  • Entrepreneurs love chess. Some names that come to mind include Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Jack Dorsey, Larry Ellison, Peter Thiel, Richard Branson, and Arnond Schwarzenegger. Considering how most recruiters toss CVs after a quick glance, perhaps the best way for job-seekers to stand out is by including chess on their resume!?
  • Chess can be played online, in-person, and even at work. In fact, engineers at top tech companies like Google and Dropbox are known to play chess during lunch break.
  • Chess is fun once you know how to play!

If you're ready to start learning chess, go ahead and check out the syllabus, download this checklist, and enroll in the full course for free here.