How to teach chess to kids

If you’ve had the idea of teaching chess to your child for any reason, it is no doubt a really great idea and don’t worry…it does not have to be complicated. Of course, it’s not like you can sit with a child and start playing, you have to teach them about the variety of game pieces to consider, how each one must follow its own specific rules allowing it to move and attack the opponent’s pieces on the table. For this reason, you have to take things very slowly, and teach them step by step while making sure they have fun and here’s how you’ll do it.

Get To Know the Pieces

First of all, you should introduce all the game pieces to your young one. You should make sure that he understands them and can identify each piece without any difficulty before moving to the next step.

Learn the Objective

Clarify to your child that the main objective of the game is to protect your king at all times. You could show your child an already set chess board and show them a few different ways to keep the king safe. Your child might not manage to come up with really good ideas first. Getting your child interested and thinking strategically is the whole point, and it might take a while.

Play with Pawns

Playing with the pawns will be your child’s first time playing the game, so you might want to make it as much fun as possible. Teach the how pawns move and capture the opponent’s game pieces. You should try playing chess several times with your child with only pawns in play, it would help your child to master the pawns.

Add the Knights

When your child has gained a thorough understanding of the pawns’ play, it’s time to add knights to the mix. Firstly you’ll need to teach them about the movement of the knight. It might prove to be a bit complicated. So, you might start by showing them the movement of the knights around the board without any other game pieces. When your child understands it, you should play a game with only pawns and knights, so that they can master it.

Learn the Bishops

Now you need to teach your kid about the Bishop and how they move diagonally. Teach them how the bishop moves and attack. Play one or two games with only pawns and bishops to let them learn, when they get a hang of it, play with pawns, bishops, and knights.

Add the Rooks

Teach your child about the rooks. Teach them their horizontal and vertical movements around the board and let them understand their movements. After that add rooks to the board and let them practice their moves and coming up with different ideas to play.

Present the King

You should remind your kid from time to time about the king’s importance and that it is the piece you’re trying to protect and capture from the opponent during the game at all times. Tell them the meaning of “check” and “checkmate”. Check means that your king is in danger and you have to do something to protect it, whereas checkmate means that one of the kings has been captured and the game ends.

Meet the Queen

In the end, introduce your child to the most powerful and complicated game piece, the Queen. Show your child how the Queen has the power to move as far away as desired and in all directions, unless one of her own subjects is in her path, something only a knight can overcome!