- Age Range: 9 and up
- Grade Level: 4 - 6
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Sterling (June 30, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806904534
- ISBN-13: 978-0806904535
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,792,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chess for Children Paperback – June 30, 1996
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...this useful addition for both school and public library collections will be popular with new chess enthusiasts. -- Booklist
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For example, the book features the Lincolnshire System, or the "Pawn Game", teaching kids to play with only the pawns. This method develops an understanding for how to use pawns in concert and how quickly the picket line can dissolve when a player doesn't ensure the pieces mutually support each other. The authors also present several other interesting techniques for teaching youngsters how to maneuver (instead of move) knights, rooks and bishops around the board. My daughter's favorite game is the Mad Queen, pitting the queen on one side against all of the pawns of an opponent. The opponent must attempt to get one pawn to the far side before the queen kills them all.
My kids love the games and techniques outlined in Nottingham's book. The authors weave a mix of chess history, years of enthusiasm teaching youth, along with the basics of chess. The product reflects a wealth of experience and a passion for both children and the game of chess. Bravo! Highly recommended!
The book succeeds splendidly at this by introducing small "chunks" of chess knowledge. Using a variety of chess game variations, puzzles, and activities, the student gradually learns all the rules of the game in a fun and interesting way.
Take for example "The Pawn Game". What's so great about this is that you can begin to play a simplified form of chess having only learned how a single piece moves and captures! Even better, you are actually learning solid chess fundamentals as to how to use pawns in the full game of chess.
In addition to "the Pawn Game" the authors introduce many other "mini" chess activities like the "Attack of the Mad Queen" game and the "Knight Driving Test" challenge.
Because of this approach, learning the rules of chess becomes something fun and not a confusing and overwhelming experience for the new player.
This book needs some serious updating in graphics (it reads and looks like it was written long ago and the explanations could be made more clear). When I was smaller I learned how the pieces moved with "YOU CAN PLAY CHESS" which had fun pictures for me. When I got older I found that "CHESS FOR JUNIORS" was great and had a lot of detail in not just rules but the strategy you need to get started and then some!
I hope they update and upgrade this book. It would be a really good book then.
It is also a rare game where children and adults can compete on equal terms. There have been many child prodigies over the years. Sammy Reshevsky and Bobby Fischer were two of the most noteworthy. It is common for good junior players to compete in adult tournaments, and often with success.
Because chess involves planning and logical thought many teachers and schools like to introduce it.There is some evidence that children who play chess improve at other subjects as well.
Recently there has been a large amount of publicity on how older people too might benefit from the mental stimulation that chess provides.
Children as young as four or five years of age are able to learn the moves of chess, although they might need help with a couple of special rules (like castling, which is the only time a player can move two pieces at once).
Chess is a board game with equal, that has stood the test of time. Everyone should learn to play!
Most recent and to be recommended is the Gambit Publishing version, Chess for Children by Chandler/Milligan, in hardcover and with modern chess graphics and illustrations. Also available via Amazon.