Chess Annotations for Kids

It’s not in the Soviet coaching manuals but I finally discovered how to interest my son in going through chess games. Basically I have to have an ongoing dialogue between the pieces and they should be quite rude to each other! Occasionally there should be flare ups into violence with pieces knocking each other over (don’t use your finest wooden Staunton on this exercise)!

I haven’t seen this approach touted elsewhere but got the thumbs up from children’s coaching guru Richard James. Here’s an example of how it works:


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: