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An account of my attempts to try and improve my chess.

Thursday, November 10, 2005


Thanks for all the congratulations. Having to type this one handed with her in my other arm!

Having a kid makes me wonder ... how soon can you start them playing chess? I think I remember Karpov saying somewhere that he started when he was 4. I've got a nephew who is 4 and 3/4 ... should I try and start him off this Christmas? Any suggestions on the best way? I remember seeing some CD designed for kids somewhere.


At 2:32 PM, Blogger CelticDeath said...

You're probably talking about Fritz and Chesster by Chessbase. I taught my daughter to play when she was turned 4 years old. Any sooner, and she wouldn't have had the attention span for it. Unfortunately, the chess bug hasn't really caught on with her, but she has made her way through the Fritz and Chesster software several times.

I'll be teaching my middle child in less than a year, when she turns four.

At 8:24 PM, Blogger Pawnsensei said...

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At 8:26 PM, Blogger Pawnsensei said...

Yeah I bought Fritz and Chesster 2 for my gf's cousin. It's a really neat program for kids (and I admit, I play it too). He likes it but still likes his Gameboy Advance better. The thing that got him interested initially was my constant reading or studying chess when I went to their house. After teaching him how to play we would have fun playing blitz games, knocking the pieces together, slapping the clock and laughing while we were doing it. He recently joined the chess club at school. Main thing for kids I guess is that it's fun. We as adults forget how to do that sometimes.


At 4:06 PM, Blogger phorku said...

Congratulations! I started teaching my son when he was about 9.5. I probably could have started him earlier. I started by teaching him how the pieces moved. Then we would practice making checkmates where I played the lone king against his Q & R, Q & B, R & R, etc. Then I showed him the giuoco piano opening and registered him on FICS (HEARTLESSWIZARD) where we would play unrated games with me coaching him. We also mixed a few rated games in where he played by himself. I tried to find a local club where there were some kids his age but we didn't have much luck and his interest wasn't that great. It was frustrating for him playing on FICS because it was hard to find games with lower rated players. It was frustrating for me because he doesn't take his time (Can't wait to get back to video games and TV). I also had him start working on the tactics on the Chess Tactics Trainer web site and some kids books. It has been about 2.5 years now since I started teaching him and his interest increases when he wins. He also chooses chess often when I give him a choice of what to do for constructive time. He still has time management problems though. He plays the kids at school sometimes during aftercare and does pretty well against them. I recently have had him working on the level 10 problems on CT-Art. I thought they might be to hard for him but he did really well. "I'm not stupid!" is what he told me when I expressed my surprise.

At 3:21 AM, Blogger Sancho Pawnza said...

A new baby Queen. :)

Just have fun with your nephew while playing chess. Kids are automatically attracted to it anyway. All those cool
When I play my son his pieces always end up having magical powers or the ability to fire lasers. :)

At 5:11 PM, Blogger Pale Morning Dun - Errant Knight de la Maza said...

Congratulations on the new addition. That is great news! Unfortunately I don't have any advice on getting the wee ones interested in the royal game. I know from my own perspective, when I was eight or nine, my dad and I sort of discovered chess together and played for awhile. Those were good times, and I think as long as you take it for that first and above all else you can do no wrong.


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