• "I am a full time chess teacher and Chess-Steps has changed my life"

    Elizabeth Spiegel, Brooklyn

  • "Basically all Dutch grandmasters started their
    career with Chess-Steps"

    Stefan Winters, The Hague

  • "The structure this method provides makes teaching easy"

    Antony Fines, Chicago

  • "For fun, I followed the course along with my students and it even made me a better player"

    Lars Johnsen, Houston

  • "I still use Step 6 to step up my game right before a tournament"

    FM Tex de Wit, Amsterdam

Thinking ahead


'Thinking ahead' exercises are completely different and more diverse than the other workbooks.

For example:


Blindfold chess

Instead of a board with pieces, you will see an empty board with only notation of the position of each piece on the side.


Blindfold exercises

Similar to route planner, but visualizing every move.


If then exercises

The student has to visualize a possible move of the opponent, before solving the exercise. Sometimes multiple possible moves of the opponent are given for the same diagram.


The 'Thinking ahead' series starts at the Step 2 level. The best moment to introduce them is after a student finished workbook 'Plus' of the same level. Co-author is Boris Friesen.


The answers of the workbook 'Thinking ahead' can be downloaded from our site. See 'workbook answers' in the menu.