Basic Chess Strategy - Part 2
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The course continues to provide a comprehensive description of Chess course, which includes all the necessary pre-conditions, completing which student can play chess with an extended knowledge. The curriculum is divided into eight lessons in a sequential order to provide an overview of the essential elements of the game, information about the rules of the game; teaches the correct way of checkmating with a single queen or rook, as well as several other chess tricks. The course has been designed to reach a wide audience.

Terms Offered




Winter 2024

December 8 (Friday) - December 23 (Sunday) 2023

January 8 (Monday) - March 12 (Tuesday)

Spring 2024

March 8 (Friday) – March 23 (Sunday)

April 1 (Monday) – June 4 (Tuesday)

Summer 2024

June 7 (Friday) – June 22 (Sunday)

July 1 (Monday) – September 3 (Tuesday)

Fall 2024

September 6 (Friday) -September 21 (Sunday)

October 7 (Monday) – December 10 (Tuesday)

Hourly Breakdown of the Required Participation

  • Audio – visual and text-based resources - 1-2 hours
  • Discussions, puzzles, activities - 1-2 hours
  • Quizzes, assignments - 1-2 hours
  • Expected commitment per week - 4-6 hours

Participats Will

  • Exchange posts with their peers and interact using discussion – forums, chats, Skype, audio/video conferencing;
  • Review and discuss online and text-based resources;
  • Work individually using a spectrum of online tools.

Topics Covered

  • The notation of the move;
  • Perpetual check;
  • Checkmate with the queen;
  • Checkmate with 2 rooks, checkmate with 1 rook;
  • Checkmate on the 8th(1st) horizontal, scholar’s mate;
  • The unprotected piece, defense;
  • Pin;
  • The discovered attack, discovered check.

What Will I Learn

Upon completion of the course, students will have familiarity with the chess game; contextual knowledge of the essential principles of the game and their correct way of using, as well as assess various situations and game combinations.

Course Schedule

In case of selecting the regular program, one lesson will be covered in a week, and the course will be completed in 9 weeks, including the orientation week. In the case of selecting the slow-mode program, one lesson will be covered in two weeks, and the course will be completed in 16 weeks, including the orientation week.

Week 0

Orientation Week Students become familiar with the Student Manual, complete their profile, introduce themselves to one another, participate in the introductory discussion forum, and identify the time zone in which they are working. Students will also familiarize and verify the technical compliance with all the communication and learning tools to be used during the course.

Week 1-8

Lessons 1-8 (use of electronic texts and multimedia resources) 
Assignements, puzzles, quizzes

Week 4

Midterm Exam

Week 8

Final Exam

Course Requirements & Grading

Students are required to actively participate in on-line discussions, forums and chats, to participate in individual and collaborative activities, and to meet deadlines for assignments. Students are required to be familiar and comply with Academic Policy of AVC

Student performance will be evaluated based upon total points accumulated throughout the term according to the following: 

20% - participation
20% - assignments
30% - midterm exam
30% - final exam

Grades will be assigned by letters according to AVC Grading Policy


Mane Adamyan

Teaching Methodology

The electronic resources have been designed for user-friendly access and comprehension by a broad audience. Activities and online discussions are supported by the illustration-writing, listening method, as well as the top-down method. Individual and collaborative student assignments are designed to engage students in authentic research and sharing of information. Students will gain from the course in direct relationship to the contributions they make to their own learning.

Course Materials

No hardcopy texts are required. Selected online resources will be included as a part of the lessons. Students are required to read/listen/view all material and complete all assignments.
The electronic resources are designed for university and pre-university students, secondary school chess teachers and adult learners in Armenia and the Diaspora.

Course Sources

  • H.T. Toumanyan, Chess 2. (Yerevan, 2011)