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Journey through chess : a chess course for children - the official chess course of Richmond Junior Chess Club (electronic resource)
Journey through chess : a chess course for children - the official chess course of Richmond Junior Chess Club (electronic resource)
James, Richard
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First, a bit of background. I’ve been teaching chess for forty years. It became apparent to me some years ago that most children in this country were not getting a good experience of chess. So I stopped most of my chess teaching, studied child development and looked at the very different experiences that children received in other countries. If you just want to treat chess as a parlour game, teach your children the moves, then go ahead and play. They’ll get some benefit just as they will from playing any other board game, but they won’t become good players. If you’re reading this now I’m assuming, and hoping, that you want your children to take chess seriously, either because you want them to have the opportunity to become serious competitive players should they wish to do so, or because of the unique educational benefits that chess, if it’s taught correctly, has to offer. Whereas here in the UK children are taught the moves at home so that they can join a chess club, in other countries children join a chess club so that they can be taught correctly right from the start. Very often children learn the moves slowly, taking a year or more to learn all the moves, while at the same time learning how to look at a chess board, and understanding the underlying logic of the game. Without these skills, children will do little more than play random moves.
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