Keeping Kids Interested In Chess

When teaching kids how the pieces move they can get bored if we only use puzzles. They are eager to start playing but this is pointless when they don’t know how the pieces move. The solution is to introduce different games rather than a full chess game which will serve the purpose of playing and learning together. Here are some examples which you can introduce after explaining that particular piece movement and capture.

1. Pawn Game: Both players have just pawns. The winner is the one who promotes a pawn first. As a coach you can also explain the concept of support and the numbers of attackers against the numbers of defenders.

2. Tom & Jerry Game:This is the game which kids like the most. The queen is the Tom and the pawns are the jerrys and order to win a game Tom has to capture every Jerry while the Jerrys’ goal is to reach on the other side of the board. Here the coach must teach kids a double attack with the queen.

3. Pawns vs. Pieces (Other than Queen or King): Usually I prefer that the number of pawns has the same as value of the piece.

Rook vs Pawns: The rules are the same as tom and Jerry game but as a coach you should explained them when to attack pawns from front, rear and side.

Knight vs Pawns or Bishop vs Pawns: Before the game coach must teach kids some patterns to stop pawns using bishop or knight. For example white’s pawns are on a6, b5 and c4 then bishop should be on g1-a7 diagonal.

4. Trapping the Knight: This one is quite interesting, the winner is the player who takes fewer moves to capture the knight. Usually we start with queen vs. knight and then progress on to rook and bishop vs. knight.

5. The Knight Tour: This is a tough game where knight has to visit each square of the board but once only.

The main purpose of these games is to keep chess interesting.

Ashvin Chauhan