Lessons

How do Lessons work?

Chess.com Lessons are a combination of playing, getting a private lesson from a Grandmaster, reading a chess book, solving positions, performing in-depth analysis, and taking a computer-tracked chess test - all at once! Work through interactive chess courses crafted by renowned chess authors like Je...

Tracking your Performance

Chess.com Lessons use a scoring system and individual ratings to track how well you are doing over time. You will see your rating move up as you progress and learn. Lessons also provide more detailed analysis of your performance based on different aspects of the game (openings, endgames, tactics, e...

The Lessons Interface

The interface is designed to provide you with 3 things: a clear view of the board, information about the postition, and tools to help you learn and make the right moves. The Chess-board Pretty self-explanatory! This where your lessons are displayed. You make the moves for your side (white or bl...

Can I play a game in Lessons mode?

You CANNOT play a game in Lessons mode. Lessons are a completely different concept in chess training. If you were taking lessons from a Grandmaster, playing games against him would undoubtedly yield constant defeat - but unfortunately - very little instruction. To create a more productive learning ...

How do the score and ratings work in Lessons?

Lessons use a sophisticated scoring and rating system to track your overall performance, as well as your strengths and weaknesses in different aspects of the game. For each Lesson you are given a score based on performance. This score is out of 100 possible points. Points are deducted for using hin...

What are "free moves" in Lessons?

In Lessons, "free moves" are any moves made in the course of a lesson on which you are not tested: You don't have to figure them out; you simply move through them. Generally, this is done to advance to the next test-point in the game. Do read the commentary, however; the instructor will often il...