This book was created based on my three years of chess teaching. I designed it to be practical, with many worksheets to keep students engaged . I also recorded a complete set of lecture videos, uploaded on Youtube, to supplement the instruction. Beginners can watch these videos in sequence, and then do the worksheets from the book. Players above USCF rating 1400 can directly try the worksheets.
I started teaching the chess class at the GuangHua Chinese School in Blue Bell, PA each Sunday since 2013. The class consists of 20 students with a wide range of ages and chess experience. This disparity presented an interesting conundrum. If the class was too hard, the beginners would become confused, but if the class was too simple, then the more advanced kids would stop listening. Moreover, the younger kids tended to become bored quickly. In order to make the class interesting for all students, I created one worksheet for beginners and another one for more advanced students so each student would receive instruction appropriate to his or her level. Furthermore, since the students enjoyed solving puzzles, each worksheet is based on six puzzles, which keeps them interested and more importantly, having fun. After teaching many classes, I decided to put all the material that I prepared for classes, as well as additional worksheets into this book for my students to use starting in the 2015-2016 school year. Students can also work on the puzzles that they did not finish outside of class since answers are provided in the back.