Boden’s Mate

How should one teach chess to your kids? This is a fairly new area to me so I don’t claim particular expertise. But what I’m doing with my 9 year old son right now is just going through lots of miniature games, first of all Tony Gillam’s Your First Chess Games and now The Art of Checkmate by Georges Renaud and Victor Kahn. This latter book is really one of my favorites though many people will be phased by the fact that it’s in English descriptive notation as so many of the best books are.

To make it entertaining we have arguments between the pieces, have them jumping on each other heads and the bishops pawns sing songs. And sometimes these pieces mention important chess ideas.

What am I not doing? Well I’m not teaching him any openings such as the Fried Liver Attack (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Nxf7). Just principles like quick development, occupying the center etc.

Here’s a nice game from the Renaud and Kahn book featuring Boden’s mate.


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: