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My 6-year old is slowly getting obsessed with chess. The good thing is we live in NYC so there are many many options, from Washington Square Park, to lots of programs, coaches and tournaments. I've been exploring options for the past few weeks and am bewildered. Any tips? I would like to find a mix of online (chesskid app? chess.com?), regular books/puzzles from the bookstore or Amazon, and perhaps sign up for a program like ChessNYC.
Word's Champion Guide to Chess by Polgar is perfect for him. Its puzzles are suitable for him.
Tactics Time is also good.
My son is also 6; and we went thru similar just a couple of months ago.
What we think is working well for us was joining a local chess club. I found many by searching for "chess club <my town>", and picked the one closest to my house. They offer instruction and OTB play with other kids on the weekends; since nearly all their kids play in tournaments, we decided to send our son too. Turns out he really likes tournament play (and has been to many already); they do give out trophies VERY, VERY generously.
Since both mgx9600 and battery808 have kids of same age contact each other and let kids play on chess.com. Just become "friend" and play from home. As a coach I suggest all my students to it but for some reason parents don't take much interest in this simple idea.
Chess at Three does some cool stuff with chess for young kids in NYC.
hi there, I have a son and his 7 years old, my dad played around with him at 5 and 6 yrs and this year we play a game every day before doing homework. Chess is Life.
They very young and impressionable. I remember growing up loving to play chess and being quite good at it. I then began going to tournaments, not sure I was interested in them, but it was a shock to my system and so were the big tournaments. Make good decisions on how much and when they play. Make sure they have fun. And ask them if new things are interesting to them and tell them its ok if they are not interested. You can also teach them lessons from chess so its not just a game, but a way to look at the world around them. Such as, its okay to lose, you can learn from your mistakes and congratulate your opponent for their success. Maybe you will get the same in return when you win.
"The very young and impressionable"
For example, are you interested in playing competitive chess for rating points? If not that is okay. You can always choose to do so later.
It must be exciting when your children enjoy the same things you do.
Well, my son just turned 7 recently, so they prob aren't the same age any more : )
My son's old chess coach also suggested playing on chess.com; and most of his students play here. But nobody's friends with anybody online, which may be a good thing since keeping kids anonymous online seems safer. Chess.com is used for random practice fun so just play anybody and anytime.
Chess can definitely teach kids valuable life skills. As a parent, if your kids like chess, it is a very cheap and fun activity to get them into. I had to learn chess myself (which at first I didn't like it, but after a while, chess grows on you).
For tactics, I really like the 'Predator at the Chessboard' site - it starts off with very basic examples of different types of tactics, and then gradually increases the complexity, so you learn to see the resources 'hidden' in various positions, The sections are conveniently bite-sized, and the explanations are mainly text rather than variations.
introduce him to sports. not kidding. 6-year old children should not be "obsessed with chess".
mental and physical activities are healthy.. People get obsessed over sports too and that's not healthy either.
teach him how to throw a slow curve and a change up. Just kidding. Whatever you do, don't let him get bogged down in one activity. Do a lot of different things. It can be hard to do because ignorant coaches (for any sport or activity) will often have you believe he must dedicate all his time to one thing. Awful idea. Change things up and he'll be better off in the long run.
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