We are pleased to announce that chessKIDS academy coaching books are now available in pdf (ADOBE ACROBAT) format. They are also available in rtf format, which should be readable in your favourite Word Processor as long as you download the chess pieces font (permission granted by ChessBase gmbh).

You can download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader for free HERE.

Please note that everything on here is currently FREE - but donations (as much as you feel appropriate) are always welcome.


The Laws of Chess explained with the aid of easy to understand diagrams. Don't believe the instructions that come with your chess set!

Click HERE to read, print or download our Beginners' Guide.


Our guide for Parents - how to help your children with chess. This version was written for schools in Richmond (SW London) so includes some local references.

Click HERE to read, print or download this booklet.


Volume 1: a set of nine lessons designed for school chess clubs. A very basic knowledge of the moves is assumed.

Volume 2: a set of 24 lessons for school chess clubs including the basic tactics, strategy and opening knowledge required to succeed in Primary/Elementary School Chess. Note that this is a 'fast' course suitable for children aged about 9 upwards. Most younger children will benefit in the long term from a slower approach to learning the basics as provided elsewhere on this site.

Click HERE for the complete course in PDF format.


The unpublished successor to MOVE ONE!, covering the same material in the above course in more detail, along with much background material on chess history, chess variants etc.. This works best for one-to-one or small group tuition, and is my main teaching resource for private tuition for intermediate level players.

Click HERE to read, print or download MOVE TWO! in PDF format.


Our simple guides to the most important openings.

Click HERE for the complete set of booklets in PDF format.