Not 3 years old yet...

ChristianBC

...but my grandson will be in two months from now. I showed him a live game on chess.com and he learned the names of the pieces. He said things like: "oh la tour a bougé!". While he was watching and reacting I made a movie out of him. He watches that movie with utmost interest. I let him play with Smallfish app on a tablet and he managed to use the arrows (of course not knowing what he was doing except make the pieces move). Then I took out a magnetic set and showed him how to place the pieces on the board, beginning with the pawns, then the rooks in the corners, then the knights besides the rooks, followed by the bishops besides the knights. Then I made him notice the color of the queen and the color of the 2 remaining squares.

I got this on film too! Sunday morning, right after getting up, he came to wake me up with the chess set in his hands! He was hooked! I made him play with the app MagnusTrainer and he loves it!

JosephReidNZ

A GM in the making 

Coffee-Pot

That's awesome!  Wish someone got me hooked that early! I'd probably be a better player now wink.png

ChristianBC

I hope this is a good thing because chess addiction can make you miss a lot of things in life. But it can open other doors. One thing is for sure, it give a good share of happiness.

MakeHell_Tal

Nice! My father taught me chess when I was 3 as well, and I have been addicted to it ever since tongue.png

jay_1944

Awesome!  Doing better then when I started at 20 haha happy.png

Addiction... Any is bad. Chess addiction would be one of the slightly better ones wink.png lol

taigabluez

So cool!

batgirl

I was about 21 when I learned the moves. I never once said, "la tour a bougé."  

Now I feel upstaged by a 2 year old.

ChristianBC

@batgirl. We all walk different paths. Yours is rich with your writings and the help you give people. Thank yourself. "We only get what we give" says a song. Being able to watch live games with self-moving pieces was not possible not so long ago. Children are fascinated by this!

tellingmoose

I was 7 years old when i learned.

ChristianBC

Better than me, I had to wait in high school to learn. My grand daughter is 19 months old and she can take the chess men and put them upright on the board. Her own decision! Next she will put them on squares. The grand son now is learning how the pieces move.

happypi314
ChristianBC wrote:

...but my grandson will be in two months from now. I showed him a live game on chess.com and he learned the names of the pieces. He said things like: "oh la tour a bougé!". While he was watching and reacting I made a movie out of him. He watches that movie with utmost interest. I let him play with Smallfish app on a tablet and he managed to use the arrows (of course not knowing what he was doing except make the pieces move). Then I took out a magnetic set and showed him how to place the pieces on the board, beginning with the pawns, then the rooks in the corners, then the knights besides the rooks, followed by the bishops besides the knights. Then I made him notice the color of the queen and the color of the 2 remaining squares.

I got this on film too! Sunday morning, right after getting up, he came to wake me up with the chess set in his hands! He was hooked! I made him play with the app MagnusTrainer and he loves it!

 

that could be the begininng of a GMs fathers bio

exceptionalfork

Nice! I learned when I was 5

1e4_1-0

Could u post that film 

ChristianBC

No, I would not expose a kid on the Internet. He will have to decide of his image rights when he is of age.

1e4_1-0

Hmm... yea 

I was expecting those exact words from you 🙂

1e4_1-0

Does he playwell now ?

ChristianBC

Not yet, he is just learning how to move the pieces. He goes at his own rate and I don't push him. He also likes to play taptiles and slice fractions and tries mastermind but of course he can't understand this yet. He explores.

1e4_1-0

He looks really smart 

GM in the  making 

NobleElevator
JosephReidNZ wrote:

A GM in the making 

yeah lol