Chasing Cheerios

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Learning to Play Chess

I've wanted to learn to play chess for years (so I could teach O how to play), and I finally learned WITH O!  We had a great time learning and playing together!




O's grandparents gave her this Once A Pawn A Time book and chess set for Christmas, and it's a great way to learn to play the game.  O and I went through book 1 in a couple of hours (after we finished I read the back of the box which said that the book is not meant to be finished in one sitting...oops!), and then played our first game.  O was totally focused on this activity the entire time, so I'm glad that I didn't know that the recommendation was to only work on it for 20 minutes at a time. 




After completing the first book, we know the basics of playing chess, and we've played several games.  We are going to play with our basic knowledge for a while before reading the 2nd book and learning the more complicated rules of the game.
Elliott was amazed when he watched us play and listened to O explain the game to him.  I highly recommend this game and books set to anyone who wants to learn to play chess!

The recommended age range for this set is 7 to 15 years, but it worked well for O at 4 and a half years old.  I didn't make any adaptions to the instructions, and she understood perfectly.  It's also great for grown-ups who've always been confused by the seemingly complicated rules (after reading this book, it seems so simple) of chess!

7 comments:

  1. How cool! I've always wanted to learn how to play chess but it's always eluded me, lol. I love how you two learned together, what a great experience :)

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  2. We learned through No Stress Chess and we have become a chess family. I would have loved the book version too!

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  3. We love the No Stress Chess. Josh is obsessed with learning right now!

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  4. We also learned via No Stress Chess when my than 5 year had begged for a year to learn the game. I have never played but after seeing memorize the different playing piece names and how they can move I wish I had bought it when he was 4!

    Have fun!

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  5. I passed a blog award along to you today!!! http://childcentralstation.blogspot.com/2011/01/blog-awards.html

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  6. Thanks for sharing. It's one of those games I've wanted to learn to play too....

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