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?
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.
The set most certainly has a distinct and youthful appearance.
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.
The Petroff Defence is a solid and reliable way to meet 1 e4. It has a strong reputation and has been employed regularly by many grandmasters, most notably former world champions Anatoly Karpov and Vladimir Kramnik. By choosing counterattack instead of defence as early as the second move, Black immediately avoids many favourite weapons for White, including the Ruy Lopez, Italian Game, Scotch Game and a number of daunting gambits. This practical advantage for those playing Black in the Open Games cannot be underestimated. In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala invites you to join him in studying all the important lines in the Petroff. Using illustrative games, he explains the main positional and tactical ideas for both sides, provides answers to all the key questions and tells you everything you need to know about successfully playing the Petroff Defence.
Author Cyrus Lakdawala is an International Master, a former National Open and American Open Champion, and a six-time State Champion. He has been teaching chess for over 30 years, and coaches some of the top junior players in the US.
You can find The Petroff: Move by Move by Lakdawala at Chess House.
- 400 Pages
- Publisher: Everyman
- Published: September, 2015
Anatoly Karpov is considered by many to be one of the greatest chess players of all time. He was the undisputed World Champion from 1975 to 1985, and also FIDE World Champion from 1993 to 1999. He was ranked the World’s number one player for 90 months – second only to his greatest rival Garry Kasparov – and he won well over a hundred elite tournaments. Karpov possessed a deep positional understanding of the game and a fabulous intuitive feel for positions. His boa-constrictor style left many opponents wondering where exactly they went wrong. In this book, International Master Sam Collins selects and examines his favorite Karpov games, and shows us how we can all learn and improve our chess by studying Karpov’s play.
Move by Move provides an ideal platform to study chess. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Move format greatly encourages the learning and practicing of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of 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 improve your chess skills and knowledge.
You can find Karpov: Move by Move by Collins at Chess House.
- 288 Pages
- Publisher: Everyman
- Published: September, 2015
Chess Assistant 15 is here and it is better than ever!
With Houdini 4 it becomes a unique tool for managing chess games and databases, playing chess through the Internet, analyzing games or playing chess against the computer. The starter package, of course, includes Houdini 4 which some call the best playing program, but it also included Chess Opening Encyclopedia mode, a powerful search system, the unique Tree mode, databases of about 6.2 million games in total, since October 15, 2014, that can be automatically updated with 3000 new games, access to 7-piece Lmonosov Tablebases until December 31, 2015 and more!
When it comes to searching, you will not find a more powerful system.
Houdini 4 supports up to 6 cores and 4 GB of hash and you can connect Houdini 4 UCI engine to ChessOK Aquarium, Fritz and ChessBase. It can perform various types of analysis for any needs: multi-pass game analysis, Interactive analysis and background analysis.
Chess Opening Encyclopedia includes rich theoretical material on all the openings, more than 8000 annotations by GM Kalinin and 40 million evaluations by the strongest engines to key opening positions. The key system for any opening can be customized.
Premium Game Service will keep your game database automatically updated with more than 10,000 new games each month!
Language versions include English, German, French, Spanish and Italian.
System Requirements: 256 RAM, 4 GB, Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Internet access during installation.
How is Chess Assistant Pro different from Chess Assistant?
The Pro (Professional) package includes everything that Chess Assistant offers but with one major difference, instead of receiving Houdini 4 you will receive Houdini 4 Pro!
But how is Houdini 4 Pro different from Houdini 4? Instead of supporting up to 6 cores and 4 GB of hash it supports up to 32 cores and 32 GZ of hash!
System Requirements: 256 RAM, 4 GB, Windows XP/Vista/7/8, DVD-ROM, Internet access during installation.
For all of you who bought Chess Assistant 14, don’t worry, Convekta has you covered!
Upgrade to Chess Assistant 15 from Chess Assistant 14 works both with Starter and Professional packages of Chess Assistant 14. Upgrade to Chess Assistant from Chess Assistant 14 does not include Houdini and allows you to keep using the already installed Houdini 4 or Houdini 4 Pro (depending on your Chess Assistant 14 package)
This package upgrades your Chess Assistant 14 Starter or Pro package to Chess Assistant 15, keeping your Houdini 4 (or Pro) engine and updating the interface, game database (6.2 million games as of Octover 15, 2014) that can be automatically updated with 3,000 new games, access to 7-piece Lomonozov Tablebases and more!
System Requirements: 256 RAM, 4 GB, Windows XP/VIsta/7/8, Internet access during installation.
What Is the Difference?
So, you may still be asking yourself, what is the differences between some of these products? Here is a great comparison table that Convekta offers to help you choose the best product for your needs. Just click THIS link!