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!


  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 :)

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

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

  4. 4 1/2 years old?? I'm impressed!

  5. 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!

  6. I passed a blog award along to you today!!!

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