In this lesson there are no questions, and, I'm afraid, no certificate.

You've worked very hard to complete the course and, if you've remembered and UNDERSTOOD everything in all the lessons you should now be a pretty good player.

With that background you now have a lifetime of enjoyment in the world of chess ahead of you.

Come with me and I'll show you just some of the things you can do now you're a good player, and how you can learn to play even better than you do already.

One thing you can do, if you haven't already done so, is join a CHESS CLUB.

Maybe you already play in a chess club in school.

Well, that's great, but if you join a chess club OUTSIDE school you'll make a lot of new friends who share your interest in chess.

You'll also meet a lot of different players rather than playing the same opponents every week, so, although schools are great places to START chess, if you want to get the most out of the game you need to play OUTSIDE school as well.

If you're lucky there might be a chess club for kids in your area that you can join.

You might also find an adult club which welcomes kids (some do, but not all of them.)

If you happen to live in England I can probably help you find the best club in your area. If you live anywhere else the best place to start looking is probably your national chess federation website.

The next thing you should do is play in a TOURNAMENT.

You've probably already played in a tournament with kids of your own age.

Again, that's great, but you now know enough about chess to play in tournaments against adults and older kids.

You will learn far more by playing against players of different ages.

And the prizes are better, as well!

If you visit the website of your national or local chess organisation you'll find details of forthcoming tournaments in your area.

If you're in England, if you contact me I'll be able to help you further.

And you might even be able to play in one of the tournaments we organize.

There are a lot of sites where you can play chess online.

The one we recommend is the Internet Chess Club -

You have to pay - but it's well worth it.

On ICC you can:

Play tournaments and friendly games against other chess players from all over the world.

Watch Grandmasters and other top players playing tournament and friendly games.

Take lessons from professional chess teachers.

Practise your tactics and endgames.

Make new friends, play chess against them and chat with them.

And very much else.

If you prefer to play chess by email there are again many sites to choose from.

One we can recommend is

Here you can play in tournaments and other competitions by email against anyone else in the world.

They have many other features as well.

Why not give it a go?

You can also buy computer chess programs to play against at home.

One of the best is Fritz, which plays as well as the best grandmasters in the world.

There are lots more on the market as well - you're sure to find one you like.

Go to the front page, click on our Chess Shop button and make your choice.

You can also buy software to help you improve your chess.

There are programs which will teach you all aspects of chess - openings, tactics, endings.

It's also worth getting a chess database program which you can use to store your own games.

You can also buy databases with millions of games played by other people (including every serious game by players like Kasparov and Fischer.

If you visit our chess shop you can buy all this and much more.

Another way to improve is to find a CHESS TEACHER.

You won't find one everywhere, but if you live in a big city you'll find there are people around (such as me) who will give you private chess lessons - if you pay them enough money.

There are a lot of other things you can do with chess apart from playing!

You might like to investigate the world of CHESS PROBLEMS and STUDIES.

You've had the chance to look at a few ENDGAME STUDIES in a previous lesson.

There are a few books around on these subjects, but, unfortunately, not very much at an introductory level.

The game of chess has a rich and fascinating history.

You might be interested in studying the history of chess - a lot of books have been written about great players of the past.

If you're interested in chess history and trivia you should also try to get hold of a book called THE EVEN MORE COMPLETE CHESS ADDICT.

It's out of print but you can find second hand copies fairly easily.

You could also visit - although at the time of writing there's not much there yet.

There are also people who just like collecting chess books and magazines.

It's said that more books have been written about chess than all other sports and games put together!

Some people have THOUSANDS of chess books - but you'll need a big house to keep them all in.

You might also like to collect chess sets - many people do.

You can get chess sets featuring your favorite characters: The Simpsons, Lord of the Rings and much else.

If you're a fan they're great fun to have - but not much use to play with!

You could also collect chess sets from all over the world.

Some antique chess sets are worth many thousands of dollars!

So you see that chess is not just a kids' game.

You have learned enough about chess to give you a lifetime of enjoyment.

You can play chess at any age - whether you're 7 or 97.

And there are many more things you can do with chess as well as just play it!

Do you know why I wrote this course?

Simply because I have gained so much enjoyment from chess over many years, and I wanted to share my enjoyment with you.

Perhaps one day we'll meet - over the internet, or maybe even in person - and you'll be able to tell me how you're getting on.

I wish you all the best for the rest of your chess career.