Originally posted by amolv06Rite now, I am just teaching name of pieces. At this age, child likes to speak as many new words as they can. Yeh, 3 years seems to rite age. I will try with some kids around in the neighborhood 🙂
Any time after birth is way, way too late. :p
On a more serious note, I sat down one with my (then) three-year old cousin, and she was able to grasp the very basic aspects of the game. I think she was old enough to start learning then.
Originally posted by aquatabbyI am teaching my son ( 5 ) and daughter ( 4 ) , both can set the board up and have a basic idea of the moves each piece can make , i have also bought them the Wii Chess as this has a basic option that as you highlight a piece it shows all the legal moves this piece is able to make . They seem to get this and i think it helps their understanding - and they enjoy it !
My little boy is 4. He knows how to set up the board and (mostly) how the pieces move, but a full game is too much for him. I'm experimenting with some mini-games, such as giving him 3 pawns against my lone king, and asking him to win from there. I'm not sure if that is the correct thing to do, but it seems an easier concept for him to grasp than a full game.
Originally posted by vishyanandI have been teaching chess to kids for over 30 years and the important thing to remember is very young children think in concrete terms (what can be seen now, the here and now) and each child develops their abstract thinking (plans, cause and effect) at different times and at different rates. Very young children, your childs' age and up to 4 or so can be exposed to chess by making it fun.
My son is 1.5 years old now. I have started to sit with him with a chessboard and pieces. When do you think a child can start learning? Have any one of you taught a young child? Any tips?
Originally posted by nimzo5Exactly! I have been using that for years and it works.
A common game to teach a kid is "pawn wars" just a board with all the pawns on each side, first one to get a pawn to the 8th rank wins.
gradually you can add kings, a knight whatever.
Originally posted by ThabtosWell, my son is fascinated with chess since he saw the chessboard. And, whenever he sees me sitting on computer with a chessboard on screen, he shouts "chess". I don't know if he will be interested in chess. But, for now I want to keep it fun for him. So, whenever I give him the physical board, I try to play with pieces with him, and try to persuade him not to throw the pieces 🙂
Personally I think the child is the one who is best qualified to decide when they want to start learning chess.
Even Lazlo Polgar waited until Susan showed interest in a chessboard they had at the home before he began teaching her.
/Oddly enough, the Polgars said that Judit was the "slow learner" in the family when it came to chess.