Kids Learn to Play Chess!

June 2nd, 2007 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Recommended Website:

Chess Kids Academy

Age Range: 7 and up!

This website was designed to help young children learn how to play chess. The game of chess provides intellectual stimulation while improving concentration, logical thought, and critical thinking. It also provides
opportunities for friendships, an outlet for competition, and a relief from boredom. Chess is a lot of fun! :)

When you get to the site, you will see a picture of a chess board that
presents a chess challenge. See if you can figure it out. If you give up,
roll over the chess board with your mouse to see the answer. Want more like
this? Every time you refresh this page, you get another challenge! Then, use
the menu bar at the top of the screen to navigate the site.

Click “Kids” on the menu and a new page opens. You’ll see another menu at
the top of the Kids page. Click on the headings (not the drop-down menus
that appear as you roll your mouse across the headings) to access:

  • Beginners – Learn about the board and the pieces. Then take some simple
    quizzes to get a certificate. After this, you can select a virtual opponent
    and level of challenge for some real practice playing chess.
  • Thinking Skills – In “Are You Old Enough” you will find some carefully
    selected online games to help you improve important skills needed in order
    to do well in Chess, including Tetris and Checkers. There are also some
    exercises to help you identify moves and visualize the chessboard. Try your
    hand at the “blindfold” section! Note: Parents might want to preview the
    “Personality Test” section to determine suitability.
  • Improvers – The “Games” section here is the same as the ones under
    “Beginners,” above. But here is where you can learn play video games and
    learn tactics, strategies, and famous plays including the Queen’s Gambit,
    Black Queen’s Walkabout, and more! Build your skills until you are ready for
    “The Final Challenge!” :)
  • School – Here are all of the same lessons in the previous sections,
    arranged differently. A full 3 years’ worth of lessons free online (although
    you can progress at your own pace or skip around; the “3 years” refers to
    how long the lessons are expected to take in a school setting). These
    lessons are enhanced by “violent” videos, “suitable for children and
    accompanied grownups,” which you can find under “Theater.” The violence
    here, in case you were worried, involves checkmating the opponent’s king. :)

Parents and teachers who wish to help guide their students through this site
can select the sections designed just for them to see the syllabus, direct
links to specific lessons, information about privacy, and so on. (But kids
can learn a lot here independently as well!)

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