Chess will improve your concentration and thinking skills and it is fun
to play, especially when you win! Once you know the moves the 4 most important
things to help you improve are:
- Have a thinking routine for every move.
- Practice tactics.
- Know basic endings.
- Know how to play the first few moves.
Also, make sure you know how to castle, and why you must always do it.
Make sure you know the en passant move.
Computers, Books and Internet
Note to parents: I think that all the sites below are very suitable for children but please check them
- Chess Cornwall for very local information
including local events, junior competitions and advice, daily chess
problem, local clubs, and contacts.
- Devon Chess
is a fine site to see what goes on in local and national chess
- Exeter Chess Club Tactics
Course (free download) and also see the rest of their site exeterchessclub.org.uk/
which has lots on junior chess.
- Follow international chess online The
Week in Chess (TWIC) News, and top games.
- Free tactics on Chess
Tempo (zoom in to enlarge, set preferences > standard, easy).
If you like the site, then the paid-for material is even better.
- Register with chesscube.com at ChessCube
and play online. It's free.
- Buy (less than £4) "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess". Age range about
8-12. Fun, effective! www.old-games.com/download/5108/bobby-fischer-teaches-chess
Reader lets you look at the vast range of Chessbase games. I can
email thousands of games to you on request.Combine this with "Fritz
11 for PC" (less than £10) for top-class analysis.
- Some beginners' games with commentary 50 Chess Games for Beginners
- You can buy a book on chess tactics. Look for one that is for
beginners or juniors. For example: "Winning Chess Tactics for Juniors"
by Hays is good, but it is not easy. I like the look of "Power Chess
for Kids: Learn How to Think Ahead and Become One of the Best Players
in Your School" by Charles Hertan.
- Use Chess
Tactics Server for lots of practice in tactics.
Visualisation Training (CVT)
Essentially all chessplayers (adults and juniors) improve by solving positions,
so books with suitable problem positions are the best. Very few under-11
children learn much from the text in chess books, so an adult (even one
who does not really know how to play) needs to be alongside the learner.