Originally posted by vishyanandDon't do it!! The kid will end up with a dead end job, a nagging wife, and playing online to escape his troubles.
I am teaching chess to my 4 year old. He is able to setup the board, and recognizes the pieces by name. Now, I want to teach him the movement of various pieces. Looking for some suggestions for explaining the concept of diagonal (understands the concept of square) and the movement of bishop?
Currently, after setting up the board we just play by moving pieces, and I tell him how the pieces move and capture.
Originally posted by MarinkatombGood suggestion!
A good way to start is to set up the board with just the pawns. Make it a game to see if he can get a pawn to the other side of the board. Once he can handle the pawns, add the pieces one at a time so he can get used to using them at a slow pace. Good luck explaining checkmate/stalemate!
Originally posted by byedidiaYou are right. I have avoided pushing him. In fact, when we was much younger he used to just throw the pieces , but suddenly one day, he was calm and decided to setup the chessboard. So, for now just setting up board gives him satisfaction and playing out (copying my moves )
Give him some time. He may not be ready. There are bunches of developmental milestones that happen around 4-5 years old, some of them relating to spatial abilities. They are almost like switches that turn on in the brain. Most 4 year olds have some serious problems with bishops and knights, but suddenly one day they get it. There's no point in pushing it too early. Try again in a few months. You don't want to frustrate the little bugger.
Originally posted by ChessPraxis
Don't do it!! The kid will end up with a dead end job, a nagging wife, and playing online to escape his troubles.
Originally posted by tvochesshttp://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/checkerboard
I think a checkers board has 10x10 squares.
Originally posted by greenpawn34Didn't say it was a "must" to learn chess, but a "help". Remember, we're talking about a 4 year old; and the question was specifically about diagonals, which checkers is all about.
This is a [b]Chess site.
If someone asked how do I get good at basketball you would not say
play snooker, that may help.
By this twisted logic to learn Checkers you must first learn Chess.
Checkers is played on 32 squares, the 32 dark squares.
Do you want the kid to through his chess life getting mated on the li b]
(we played checkers..)