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Indeed, everything is written in clear English and presented with the learning curve in mind. Furthermore, to add an interactive element, there are dozens of test yourself chess quizzes, freely downloadable.

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Actually, any column in Chess Informant can be used as a lesson, or indeed many lessons. Furthermore, to add an interactive element, we also regularly produce dozens of chess quizzes which can be used to test students. These are based on material published in the latest Informants and are downloadable free of charge.

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