51 ( +1 | -1 ) InterestWell, I help out teaching kids on our chess club. I think it is most important to keep them interested. Try to see what concepts they already understand and go on to another concept. Don't be slow, or drag things out. Give them some problems that are hard for them to solve, this will often excite them more and keep them focused, because it is a challenge. Some kids I can even give problems out of a tactical book I myself am reading :)
62 ( +1 | -1 ) after you teach them the moves and stuffTEACH OPENNINGS!!! at my school, the kids play symetriacally 1.e4 e5; 2. Nf3 Nc6; 3.Nc3 Nf6; 4.Bc4 Bc5; 5.d3 d6; 6.Be2 Be7; 7.Qd2 Qd7; 8.0-0/8.0-0-0 8...0-0/8...0-0-0. our teacher was very inexperienced, too. start with ruy lopez exchange variation, then go to all the other variations. i am making a website right now, but it is not done yet because i am working on another website. it should be done in like 2 weeks, it is
but, just keep it simple at first. then simple endgames, i would recomend Pandolfini's Endgame Course. Pandolfini's books are great for any beginner, espicially kids. hope this helped
53 ( +1 | -1 ) Thanks everybody...for replies. But my question was about much younger age, like 4-6 years. Basically the question is how to start? The problem is that kids at this age are very concrete, for them it is difficult to understand abstract concepts. Not big problem to learn start position and pieces moves, but then... My grandfather taught me chess at age of six, but I do not remember first lessons. I remember our games, then he played with queen, then rook, then bishop handicap and finally normal game, but I don't remember what was before, how I started to play...:)
51 ( +1 | -1 ) Similiar situationI have 2 boys ages 5 and 7.
At this age I just want to make it fun for them or a special time to play a game with dad. Of course I'll try to throw in a couple of pointers as we play.
My older son likes to work on Chess problems with me that are not too hard. And my younger child likes to play Chess on my Handheld PC.
I've picked up a copy of Chess Mates Software which I highly recommend, and I also have Lego Chess.
We've even tried ForChess where we all get to play at the same time.
146 ( +1 | -1 ) in this age a child can't learn something about taktiks and first time they have a big problem to mate the enemy who played with the alone standing king. Many games ends in patts. First is good to teach with points, means pawn=1, bishop and horse=3, rook=5, queen=8. So you can make 20 moves by example and count who have earned more points.
The problem with the mate you have to teach in standard situations first. (King alone against ...) and later with simple diagramms. A good book for this diagrammtraining is "chess in 5333 + 1 positions" from one of the best child teacher ever - from Lászlo Polgár. The book is for international use and I only know the isbn 3-89508-029-2.
to teach openings I can help you with my own free to use online school. choose
And my best tip: make chesstournaments for this childs. Don't get angry about the very silly moves of your son/daughter and be ready to dry some tears.
52 ( +1 | -1 ) Afterthey learn how to move, if they are clever boys you are surprised for their ability to understand concepts. Elementary checkmates, development (not openings yet), some simple tactics and simple ending concepts.
But the most they want is to play. I used to organize a little championship a day (they play very fast). Next day I analized some parts of the games to insist in concepts (specially, to avoid blunders).
Is usefull too, to play a game in a big magnetic board "you versus allthegang" dicussing all the moves.
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13 ( +1 | -1 ) The background was rather glaring.you could hardly see the words.Gameknot has a very nice background.easy on the eyes,and not diffucult to read from.distinctive to.
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17 ( +1 | -1 ) I play pawns…with my 7-year old. Set up the board with only the pawns and kings. The winner is the first to promote a pawn. As the child becomes more proficient you can add other pieces.
9 ( +1 | -1 ) Thanks to everybody!There are some very interesting posts. I hope they will help me...:)
57 ( +1 | -1 ) I teached my sister in the last years......until she became better (much better) than me. I think the most important thing is that the kids don't ose the interesting and the fun while playing. My sister became one of the best youth player here in Austria (achieving 6/8 at the last "Bundesländervergleichskampf (which is something like anational state comparison championship)). I think I taught her really well, but I made one really big mistake: She doesn't know any opening. She just playes bullshit the first ten moves. If she survives the opening, she wins. So my adivice: Teach them at least a little bit of theory.