The step-by-step method is developed by Rob Brunia and Cor van Wijgerden to teach children how to play chess. It is the most popular series worldwide and has proven itself very successful over the years.
In this first step, all the rules of the game are introduced and attention is paid to developing basic skills necessary to play chess. It consists of a manual for the trainer and workbooks for the students: step 1, step 1 extra and step 1 plus.
Manual for chess trainers
The manual is a great aid - even for experienced trainers. It includes ready-made lessons, hints on how to use the workbooks, how to give assistance, and much more.
Workbook for students
The first step is divided into 15 lessons.
1: Board and pieces
2: Moves of the pieces
3: Attacking and capturing
4: The pawn
6: Check and getting out of check
10: Profitable exchange
11: Twofold attack
13: Mating with the queen
14: Taking 'en passant'
15: The notation
Step 1 plus
The plus workbook features additional lessons on topics that were only briefly discussed in the ordinary book due to a lack of space.
Step 1 extra
The first half of the extra workbook focuses on the exercises on the same topics as in the 'steps', reinforcing the lessons learnt previously. The second half of the workbook includes mixed exercises and resemble positions from real chess games.