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 2 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 5 workbooks.
Download excerpts of each book: Samples
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: RBNK
9: Mating with the rook
10: Discovered attack
11: Defending against mate
12: The intermediate move
13: Solving tests
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 10 reminders.
On the remaining 45 pages there are always 12 diagrams.
That means a total number of 45x12-26 ( the drawings) = 514 positions.
Double attack with the queen
The themes of the exercises correspond to those in the manual.
See Manual for chess trainers.
Read more about the Extra books in info.
In the extra workbook there are 55 pages with exercises, which means as many as 55x12=648-20 (drawings) = 628 positions.
The reminder with hints how to proceed with the mixed tests can be downloaded Step 2 extra
At the beginning come the exercises with the familiar items from Step 2 and some from Step 1 on a higher level:
The last 10 pages are mixed tasks without a theme indication. That means that there is no hint as to the theme of the exercise, with the result that they are more like a real game. Less mixed exercises than in the previous edition but with the appearance of the mix book this is not much of an issue.
Solving exercises of this sort is difficult for everybody at any level.
Take the challenge!
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:
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.
Read more about the mix books in info.
In the mix workbook are 61 pages with exercises, which means as many as 61x12=732-14 (drawings) = 718 puzzles.
The theme's are known from Step 2, Step 2 plus, Step 2 thinking ahead and the lower Steps. A workbook containing exercises with one ‘simple’ assignment: play the best move. Just like in a real game, you do not know whether you can win or whether you have to defend. First, look at what’s going on? Which targets can you exploit? What is the opponent threatening? Is it time to draw? In short, all kinds of stuff.
Two kinds of puzzles are different: on each page you will find a multiple choice question and a position with a line below the diagram. Only on the last 4 pages there is an indication of the theme: 4 pages with mate in two problems.