Originally posted by gonzalez701. Teach him or her the basic rules of the game.
Originally posted by WulebgrCan you explain the mechanics of that. A friend of mine is teaching his 7 year old, and this idea sounds interesting.
Let the kid turn the board around instead of making a move. As the pupil improves, limit the number of rotations. This way, you can play hard and still lose. It's better than making bad moves to keep the kid interested.
Originally posted by Over40Yeah I had something like that on Win. 3.1 1 rook, 1 bishop, 1 knight, 1king and 4 pawns per side. It ended up having a brute force calculated win from move 1. That said, it was a good place to learn. At 8 I was beating my dad about 1/5 tries, after playing that for a couple of months my Dad was beating me 1/3 (asa far as I can tell, he was trying but I can't garuntee it - he never played rated chess and my estimation is that he is a class E USCF player.).
USCF used to sell a thing called "Quickchess" used about half the board. My girls liked it quite a it.
Originally posted by RagnorakI start by turning the board around when I have a forced checkmate in a move or two. Now the child has the side I had, and I am defending against the attack I created. If the kid can find the checkmate, she wins (and I'll give her a chess pencil). After doing this a few times, I let the kid decide when the board should be turned around. This way I don't play easy against a beginner, yet the game is fair.
Can you explain the mechanics of that. A friend of mine is teaching his 7 year old, and this idea sounds interesting.
Originally posted by gonzalez70You must first keep it fun.