Chess for Young Kids ( age 4-6)

RubenHogenhout
PastorJLM schreef:

So my 4 year old son played in his first chess tournament on the weekend. He played in the u/7 division. I couldn't believe how nervous I was on hi behalf, but that I assume is normal for nay parent. 

 

He played 5 games on Saterday of which he won the first game and had a draw. I am very proud of what he accomplished on the weekend. I attempted to notate as they played, but they ended up moving so fast I could not keep up.... but here are some of the opening moves...

As you can see, my son missed many opportunities, but I must admit that we have not practiced in a while because we spent some time on learning how to ride a bicycle without training wheels. 

 

I am very proud of him and how well he did.... but we have much work to do to progress...but this we will do one step at a time.

 

Ja als je de partijen bekijkt is het niveau natuurlijk nog steeds hopeloos, maar het is al geweldig dat ze op die leeftijd al spelen. Mijn zoontje van acht kan er ook nog niet zo veel van en ik vind het moeilijk om met opzet te verliezen. Zijn moeder werkt er bovendien niet erg aan mee zo dat hij het kan leren. Heb jij enig idee wat ik kan proberen? Hij vind het wel leuk en speelt altijd tegen mij in de trein. Ik heb wel het idee dat hij heel langzaam een heel klein beetje vooruit gaat maar het is vooralsnog niet veel. 

 

PastorJLM

If you guys would like to, here is a link to the story I wrote about how chess started for my son when he was 4 years old..

https://www.chess.com/blog/PastorJLM/teaching-my-4-year-old-how-to-play-chess

jambyvedar

PastorJLM wrote:

If you guys would like to, here is a link to the story I wrote about how chess started for my son when he was 4 years old..

https://www.chess.com/blog/PastorJLM/teaching-my-4-year-old-how-to-play-chess

nice read. and you are correct, chess is a good bonding moments for father and son. i also think your son has good memory and chess will help him improve his memory , attention span and logic. this will serve him well in the future as it will help his schooling(proven by studies) and when he works.

PastorJLM

@chess_is_9ay  now that is a very profound thought, thank you.

 

@jabyvedar Thank you for the kind words. 

jambyvedar
PastorJLM wrote:

@chess_is_9ay  now that is a very profound thought, thank you.

 

@jabyvedar Thank you for the kind words. 

i think chess_is_9ay is just a troll.

thil003
I learnt chess by watching my elder sister (9 years older than me) playing with my dad. Started playing in 5 years and within year surpassed both.
Then my aunt took me to district champion who took time to play 8 games with me and explained basic strategy.
PastorJLM

@thil003 wow, that is very nice. Unfortunately, spending time with any titled player will cost some money, quite a bit of it.

jambyvedar

@OP So how is the tournament experience?

PastorJLM

@jambyvedar sorry for the delay with the feedback of the tournament....

 

In a nutshell, my entire family got hit with a severe stomach bug, so my son and I could not compete in the majority of the games....

 

In other news, I have been letting my son spend some time on the ChessKid website (the kid version of chess.com), and ever since he started with the lessons on there, he has greatly improved. Today, as I was marking test of some of my students, my son was playing with an older player rated at around 1000, and he gave him a very challenging game. I was very impressed.

 

So, for those teaching kids of around 4-6, go check out Chesskid. From my personal experience, it has really proven to add value to my son's chess ability by doing one chess lesson a day and the 5 free tactics there.

jambyvedar
PastorJLM wrote:

@jambyvedar sorry for the delay with the feedback of the tournament....

 

In a nutshell, my entire family got hit with a severe stomach bug, so my son and I could not compete in the majority of the games....

 

In other news, I have been letting my son spend some time on the ChessKid website (the kid version of chess.com), and ever since he started with the lessons on there, he has greatly improved. Today, as I was marking test of some of my students, my son was playing with an older player rated at around 1000, and he gave him a very challenging game. I was very impressed.

 

So, for those teaching kids of around 4-6, go check out Chesskid. From my personal experience, it has really proven to add value to my son's chess ability by doing one chess lesson a day and the 5 free tactics there.

sorry to hear that stomach bug. I hope you are all fine now.  did he get nervous in his first tournament experience? what is his impression? can you kindly post the  chesskid game against the 1000 rated player?

PastorJLM

@jambyvedar - We are doing fine now thanks for asking. 

 

He was not nervous at all, quite the opposite happened. He was excited, cool and calm. He became quite frustrated because many of his opponents took quite a long time to move, and this bored him. We ended the last game by purchasing Blue chess pieces for him, and a pink set for his 3 year old sister who also shows interest in playing chess.

 

Sadly, the 1000 rated player games was OTB, so it was not on Chesskid and I could not notate the game. 

 

There is more tournamnets taking place soon and I am planning on registering him for those because it seems he is really into tournaments.

 

Will keep you guys posted on progress and some teaching techniques with this age group as I learn throughout this process.

PastorJLM

An extended snippet of a game my son played last week against a 11 year old. My son (JJ) played black.

 

Recently, the only "coaching" that takes place is the once a week play time on Chesskid and then he plays weekly against friends at school older than him.

 

He is also playing in another tournament that is coming up around the corner. Hopefully, he will be able to play all games this time.

jambyvedar

i like that your son is putting his pieces on good square. 

PastorJLM

Been a long time since I posted something.

 

Decided to get my son some coaching. He is playing at least twice a week and gets about 2 private coaching lessons a month.

 

I can proudly announce that my son has achieved his provincial colours in chess for the u/7 age group, which is still a year older than what he is.

 

He played in a local tournament over the weekend and received first place with 5 out 5 points in a round robin.

 

In conclusion, for the youngsters, playing a lot of chess, with a bit of guidance and advice from experienced players is all that is needed to have a few good games of chess. He enjoys every moment, and I am very proud of what he has achieved thus far.

eheadsfan

Nice to hear that is making a progress and the most important part is he enjoy it. Getting a private coach is also a good decision. Keep is updated.

drummerz
I’m 6
rebecca_bourbaki
Magnus Trainer and Magnus Kingdom (by THE Magnus Carlsen) are fun, kid-friendly, and educational apps for any level of chess-playing. It takes a while, especially for someone so young to get interested in the game and want to improve. You can get a coach for your son to simply get him acclimated, but that’s expensive when there are so many free alternatives (e.g., chess.com subscription, school chess team—if there isn’t one, you can start one, videos online). HTH.
PastorJLM

So my son has a coach twice a month, and he had some "coaching session" with one of our top players in the local club we belong to. 

My son will be competing for his National Colours next week. We are very excited.

 

A small tips I find helpful with his chess journey:

...I play a lot of chess with him - father and son moment, very special

...chesskid.com has great education videos

...a coach is helpful, but not really necessary keeping in mind what our personal goals is

...he loves chess merchandise. So I reward him with "chess toys" which he loves.

PastorJLM

@drummerz hey bud happy.png hope you enjoy playing some chess. Nice rating there by the way.