Originally posted by Trev33Start with simple endgames to learn the moves of the pieces. This will already bring the joy of checkmating.
How would you do it?
Originally posted by morgskiI like tvochess's endgame idea.
Starting young, I like it 🙂
Trial and error? Deliberately lose the first couple of games? Play against him with less pieces (e.g. K + 8P for you, full set for him) and gradually make the difference less?
Maybe not now, but in a couple of years this site may be useful:
Originally posted by tvochessI've been trying to teach him the value of the pieces, he knows the queen is important but doesn't really understand how... he just wants to take pieces in the games we've played so far, that meant taking a pawn and losing his queen.
Try to focus on basic tactics like taking undefended pieces and the values of the pieces.
Originally posted by Trev33Maybe, that's where the endgame can help. He'll see which pieces he should keep to trap the king in the end. A pawn is worthless in the endgame, if promotion wouldn't exist. I hope you didn't explain that to him yet?
I've been trying to teach him the value of the pieces, he knows the queen is important but doesn't really understand how... he just wants to take pieces in the games we've played so far, that meant taking a pawn and losing his queen.
Originally posted by tvochessOops. He asked if he could get his knight back (it's his favorite piece even though he doesn't get how it moves... ) so i told him about the pawn promotion.
if promotion wouldn't exist. I hope you didn't explain that to him yet?
Originally posted by greenpawn34What's battle chess?
Teach him how to play the guitar instead, he will make money. 😉
All young players have Queenitus.
Show him this position.
[fen]8/8/8/4k3/8/8/8/3Q4 w - - 0 1[/fen]
Offer him £20.00 worth of sweets if he can checkmate Black,
Lesson: Even the mighty Queen needs help. By herself she is useless.
Don't let him win games on purpose, but do t ...[text shortened]... y were fascinated with chess.
Then other things took over. I did not force the game on them.
Originally posted by fgchHe's 4, for Christ's sake.
This is a bit dated but the ideas are sound. It's worth taking the time to check out Richard James' site, he's an interesting man and very passionate about teaching chess.
I had Battlechess on the Atari ST, it was great but I found the sexy Queen rather confusing.
Originally posted by fgchI think the Uncle would have more of a problem dealing with an Atari or BBC computer, or a simple opening than the 4 year old would. 😀
I was recommending the literature for the uncle rather than the nephew. Apologies if this wasn't obvious.