Teaching Kids

Teaching children is much more difficult than teaching adults. The basic reasons are as follows:

– They don’t want to improve their game; wiered but its true. They would like to beat their friends or parent and just love to loot (capturing more pieces than opponent’s). In short they play chess for fun.
– The task becomes more difficult when child come to learn chess on because of parents’ wishes.
– They don’t like hard work.

Amidst these conditions you need to keep kid interested in chess or sometimes you have to develop the interest; we all know that if the kid attached with chess for longer period of time, development will come. Here are some ideas which I am using to achieve this goal but first of all you should not lose control while teaching kids and you should be highly self motivated.

1. Losing intentionally :
I advise parents to play chess with their kids and lose intentionally. Now they have reason to learn chess as they want to beat stronger player (his/her coach). For example if you have demonstrated a double attack today and child beats you using double attack then for sure he/she will never forget the concept and his/her interest will grow towards learning something new in chess. But you have to create such situations.

2. Using funny tools :
We are normally using Chess Master with funny chess sets in which the captures and moves are made in a very strange way. Children love playing with this kind of software, even if they don’t initially like chess.

3. Creating emotional bonding:
Once a child is emotionally attached with you, you can motivate them very easily. You can shape them as you want. Clapping with them when they win or capture, helping them in friendly game against strong opponent, praise them in front of others are some tools for the same but it can be different from kid to kid and totally personalized.

4. Some inspirational videos related to chess:
These kinds of videos help you to build a child’s interest, but I have observed that normally the effect of the movie remains for short time. It is crucial for the coach to use this as he is getting time during which the kid is highly motivated.

5. Don’t teach them more :
Teaching time must be less than playing time during the session, as I said earlier they do not want to learn. If you teach them for longer time they get bored and might stop coming to you. Therefore create an environment where they love to come. The purpose can be anything, maybe they’ll come not to learn chess but just meet to friends.

I have just presented my little experience in structured way that might be useful to you.

Ashvin Chauhan