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So, I am a high school student looking to pick some volunteer hours and such, and I found a way to incorporate some chess into it.
A local community center which is doing some summer programs is looking for some volunteers to teach chess. I am rated 1500 (Standard, not Blitz Rating) on Internet Chess Club, and 1270 USCF (only played three tournaments this year though).
My worry is this: what do I do once I teach them how to move the pieces and a basic opening like Two Knights' Defense? I'm just not sure what I should do. I've been reading out of Jeremy SIlman's Amateur's Mind recently, so I feel like I have an idea as to how I should approach this, but still a little unsure.
I recently acquired Chessbase 11, and so I was wondering if the database functions would allow me to quickly search games that can illustrate things such as utilizing Development, initiative, space, pawn structure, etc. I'm still not fluent in all the functions of chessbase.
So, any help in this area is appreciated. I don't really want to turn a bunch of 10 year olds into 1600 players over night, but I want to do something constructive.
tactics! This is what draws them into the love of the game - after that you have them hooked!
But seriously, I think that the most important thing for kids, and any beginner really, to know is material. I see people give knights for pawns, you need to instill that. After that tactics, also easy puzzles, getting harder as they get stronger. And just play them, as you play give them a few tips
I think you should get Seirawan's Winning series books (Winning Strategy, Winning Tactics, etc.). The materials are presented in a clear-cut fashion, with examples listed in a progression from simple to complicated. You just need to break down the materials into a comprehensive syllabus.
I teach a lot of kids locally for the last 8 years. we won the state team championship and I have had kids in the top 10 for their age often , my best student is now 1970 uscf
1st verify the rules so they all know castling and en passant , promotion rules, touch move (yes its a RULE !!)
teach them over kill mates: 2Rooks , R+Q, Queen , Rook mates
pawn promotion : opposition , outside passed pawn (square of the pawn) , pawn majority
openings keep it REALLY simple
Focus on the Italian game with a fast c3 and d4 to dominate the center. In chessbase look up OLD games that are won in less than 20 moves. emphasis should be place on development, control the center and king safety (castling) there are collections of old games online. http://franosch.org/chess/italian.pdf will get you off to a great start
Dont get caught up in complex lines. Point out basic mistakes and simple threats.
Keep lessons down to 15-20 minutes TOPS!!! if you need longer you will lose attention.
if you want a clear lesson play and can get some books,.. Chess strategy for kids is a great book and Yusupov series is also amazing.
tell them that losing is FINE!! its actually a way to get better and learn. get a chess ladder (google it) a Lot of coaching is about emotional support and repeating yourself over and over and over and over.
some good games can be found in Chernev books with simple analysis for your level. Yasser's books are also good
understand that you are going to need to study and practice a lesson for probably 4-6 hours before you can teach it well.
watch the videos here to get an idea. Also teach how to beat the 4 move checkmate (ignore any future posts by the idiots that support it or call it the Parham attack)
Wow, thanks for the advice guys. I'll try to formulate some plan off of what I've read here.
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