Introducing Chess to a Bright 6 Year Old

How do I introduce chess to a bright 6 year old?

The great news is that youngsters tend to be fascinated immediately and most don’t need a lot of encouragement to continue once you’ve introduced them to the game. In fact, you may be surprised at the enthusiasm this idea generates.

Some children however, may need the nudge, and I find it helpful to have a “game night” sort of routine once a week.

By the way, this article assumes teaching chess to your kids at home. The concepts are similar for a classroom at school, but that’s not the focus here.

So, how do you give the child, him or her, the best chance at enjoying the process of discovering this game, sticking with it for a while, and experiencing some good times with others?

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You can Play Magnus Carlsen, World Champion

That’s right! Some users who top the scoreboards in the Play Magnus Carlsen App along with other randomly chosen users of the app got to play World Champion Magnus Carlsen at the Marshall Chess Club in New York this year.  It’s an annual thing, and you can look forward to the 2016 Live Challenge!

Carlsen’s official chess set

Magnus Carlsen has already become the icon for ‘smart is cool’ and kids carrying the chess set over their shoulder will be proud to show off the game.

With a respectful nod to tradition the height and base of the pieces are defined by the classic Staunton set, but the sleek, modern design lines with stylish matte finish have the same cool, contemporary finesse that Magnus Carlsen has brought to the game. This chess set compliments the highly successful Play Magnus App, now downloaded in over 200 countries.

The chess set has solid, weighted, durable plastic pieces that are comfortable to hold and easy to move. Everything, complete with felt piece bases are black and white.

Play Magnus Chess Set

The set most certainly has a distinct and youthful appearance.

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The Petroff: Move by Move – Lakdawala

The Petroff: Move by Move – Lakdawala

This series provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Move format greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn. This is an excellent way to study any chess opening and at the same time improve your general chess skills and knowledge.


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