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How to teach your child how to play chess

If you have a child and you want to teach him/her how to play chess first get him/her intrested in the game. If he/she doesn't want to play don't make him/her. (I"ll say her because I'me a girl).  What you want to do is if she decided to play first show her a blank chessboard. Make it fun.  Explain to her about ranks and files and diagonoles. After explaining it to her ask her questions like "Is this a rank or a file or a diagonale?"  If she gets it right give her a piece of candy. Kids love candy! If she get's it wrong make her try again and again until she gets it right.  Then try showing her the pieces until she knows which is which. Say "Is this a rook or a knight?" And stuff like that.  Ask her three questions about every piece and if she gets them all right give her a piece of candy. (I didn't say give her a piece for every question she gets right) You don't want your kid eating five pieces of candy!  Then teach her how the pieces move and quiz her on that. If she passes the quiz give her a piece of candy.   Then show her the starting position and remove the pieces and have her put them back my memory. Make her do it again until she gets it right. Give her a piece of candy when she does.  Then give her more lessons on each until she has mastered the previous things.  Then teach her about castling and the rules about it.   Set up a position and ask her if she can castle legally. Do this five times and if she gets all five right give her a piece of candy.  Then teach her about forks. Once she has mastered forks give her puzzles on them and for every five she gets right give her a piece of candy. Here are some easy ones for her.

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