Step 2

The 'real' work begins in the second step. After the rules of the game and the basic skills from the previous step, the first principles of tactics and positional play are on the program now.
We are going to teach attacking techniques and how to win material in a clever way. Tactics are very important in playing chess. The tactical possibilities seen by advanced chess players originate from good positional play; in the case of the students of step two they come out of thin air. At this level all games are decided by tactics, so it is logical to pay a lot of attention to this matter. Positional play is still less important at this level than tactics. The problem is that to introduce even the most simple positional concepts is aiming too high. This introduction is made in the second step, but at the beginning it is better to point out the positional elements when analysing the children's games.

The 'second step' consists of a manual and 3 workbooks.

•  Manual for chess trainers Step 2

•  Workbook Step 2

•  Workbook Step 2 extra

•  Workbook Step 2 plus

•  Workbook Step 2 thinking ahead

Manual for chess trainers Step 2

Manual for
chess trainers
Step 2

2nd edition 2012
180 pages
with drawings


Introductory articles about:

For the students almost everything is new in the second step. That is why there is a smaller number of lessons than in the other steps.
1: Activity of pieces
2: Double attack: queen (1)
3: Double attack: queen (2)
4: The pin
5: Elimination of the defence
6: The 3 golden rules
7: Mate in two
8: Double attack: knight
9: Mating with the rook
10: Double attack: RBQK
11: Discovered attack
12: Defending against mate
13: The short notation

Further 9 lessons for the plus workbook.

1+: Mate
2+: Pawn endings
3+: The opening
4+: Defending
5+: Route planner
6+: Working out mate
7+: Stalemate
8+: Winning material
9+: Playing rules

Workbook Step 2

Step 2
4th edition 2014
56 pages
with drawings

Next to the exercises there are reminders in the workbook. These are short recapitulations of the material from the manual for the students.

There are 9 reminders.

On the remaining 46 pages there are always 12 diagrams.
That means a total number of 46x12-26 ( the drawings) = 526 positions.

Try one? Double attack with the queen

The issues of the exercises correspond to those in the manual.
See Manual for chess trainers.

Workbook Step 2 extra

Step 2 extra
2nd edition 2015
56 pages
with drawings

Read more about the Extra books in info.

In the extra workbook there are 54 pages with exercises, which means as many as 54x12=648-31 (drawings) = 617 positions.
There is also a reminder with hints how to proceed with the mixed tests.

At the beginning come the exercises with the familiar items from Step 2 and some from the first step on a higher level:

The last 26 pages contain tests.

Take the challenge!   Test

Workbook Step 2 plus

Step 2 plus
2nd edition 2015
56 pages
with drawings

Read more about the plus books in the info.

The contents of the Workbook Step 2 plus:

More or less new topics:

Elaborating the already introduced material:

Workbook Step 2 thinking ahead

Step 2 thinking ahead
1st edition 2013
56 pages
with drawings

The first workbook of an additional series: thinking ahead. Boris Friesen is the co-author.
In the workbook you will find reminders and exercises. The kind of exercises are diffent and more diverse than in the other workbooks. However, the themes from step 2 will be familiar.
You can get a first impression by viewing some pages.
Step 2 thinking ahead.

The best moment to introduce the workbook is after step 2 plus. For students in step 3 who skipped the extra and plus books the workbook is suitable to raise their skills. Of course you can introduce some exercises from the book while you are still working in the basic workbook of step 2.