Posts Tagged ‘chess’

Kids Learn to Play Chess!

June 2nd, 2007

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!)

Mathematical Games To Play Offline

November 27th, 2006

Recommended Website:
Madras College:
Mathematical Games

This website offers instructions on how to play a variety of math games using materials you probably have around the house. The games are challenging and fun. They require strategizing and critical thinking, while exercising math skills. They include:

  • Board and Counter Games – You’ll find ideas for using game board grids, chess pieces, game markers or counters and other materials to play games that teach and reinforce math skills without seeming like math — which is great for the mathphobics in the house.
  • Card Games — Print out free card templates to play a game of SET!
  • Coin Games – Use coins to learn about chance and probability.
  • Domino Games — Find an ingenious use of a chess board and a set of dominoes to play the game, “Domineering.”
  • Paper & Pencil Games — A variety of math games you can play with nothing more than a paper and pencil. Great for traveling in the car — or when waiting in line or at the dentist’s office. :)
  • Paper & Scissor Game — This one requires strategy and manual dexterity.

In addition to the games listed, you will find links to other webpages containing math games your students may enjoy.

Math Through Clever Games

July 7th, 2003

Recommended Website:
Clever Games for Clever People

List member, Christie in Ontario, recommended today’s website that offers some fascinating games that teach math concepts. She wrote, “I was hunting for good math pattern sites when I stumbled across this one. It is called Clever Games for Clever People. They are easy to play — some involve a chess board and some dominoes. Just the thing my guys like to do!”

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction explaining that these games are from the book “On Numbers and Games” by John Conway. Conway wrote the book to show the relationships between logic and numbers — and winning mathematical games. The game instructions are simple to follow with clear illustrations. The materials needed are probably things you already have around the house (mainly dominoes and a chess board) — and there are creative suggestions for substitutes if you don’t happen to have these items. As you play the games you develop strategies for winning and that builds an understanding of numbers and math concepts. There are 16 games in all that include:

  • Stop-Gate
  • Col
  • Snort
  • Coin-strip
  • Moneybags
  • Kayles
  • Rim
  • Rayles
  • Traffic jam
  • Welter’s game
  • All the King’s Horses
  • Digital Deletions
  • Hackenbush
  • Unrestrained Hackenbush
  • Restrained Hackenbush
  • Hotchpotch
  • Technicolor Hackenbush

While the math concepts demonstrated by these games may be challenging for younger players to comprehend — they will enjoy playing the games anyway. Have fun!

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