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Getting kids into chess

  • #21

    I can relate to kids liking chess when I literally am 12 years old

  • #22

    When I taught my son (6), I purposely move my pieces to setup forks, skewers, and pins for him to find during the game.  After a while (10-20games), I became really good at that (and can move pieces into such situations without too much effort).


    I also let him remove 3 pieces from my army.  Then 2, then 1, and finally none.  The progression here is actually very fast (I think within 30 games, I stopped this offering because he's gotten strong enough I just can't beat him anymore without a queen).


    I also give him a number of undo moves (he can only undo a turn).  We started with 3 undos per game, then decrease it.


    At first, I also let him change sides once during the game.  This didn't last long esp. after I taught him resignation.  However, he usually resigns too early, so I changed it where if he resigns too early, then he gets no credit for the game.


    Oh, my son is on a star system (1 star = 10 minutes of screen time, e.g. TV, computer, chess.com live chess, tablet, phone, etc.).  On a good day, he can earn 3-5 stars.  Chess games with me can earn him stars: 3 loss = 1 star, draw = 1 star, win = 2 stars.  So, resigning early doesn't count towards a loss.  Each time he wanted to but didn't resign and ends up winning, I point it out to him.


    Another thing we have is the game call Majestic Chess.  It has an adventure mode which is like chess video game.  This game is great because he has to use stars to play and it teaches him chess.  When he passes each chapter, he gets rewards with a large number of stars.  he's now on the last chapter (8) and if he passes that he'll get 30 stars (which actually less than what I think he'll need to invest to pass).  He caught on pretty fast after the first few chapters and told me that he'll end up negative in stars; which I remind him any free stars just makes Majesty Chess screen cheaper.  Oh, kids these days.


    But all of the above was in the past.  Now, after nearly 6 months since I started teaching him, he's now able to beat me fairly easily (he's got a higher chess.com elo score than me).  I've reached my teaching limits, so we now just enjoy the chess game as equals (he still earns stars, but we adjusted it to 3 losses = 0 star; draw = 0 star; win = 1 star).



  • #23

    I started learning chess wen I was nine..

    Learnt from my friends..

  • #24

    I started learning chess wen I was nine..

    Learnt from my friends..

  • #25

    Hello everyone!

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  • #26

    Maybe a teamwork approach? playing together against the computer at a low level, and letting the kids suggest the moves while asking a lot of questions like, "what do you think if..." "how should we protect the" "what will we gain out of" ...



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