You will be aware that we are in another lockdown period until further notice. This means that all the chess clubs I run are closed until at least after the February half-term. I shall keep this page updated as soon as I know of the changes.
I am however glad that you’ve made it here as you’d like your child to learn how to play chess. It’s sometimes difficult to find a new activity for children to try, but now that you know your child has an interest in chess, I’m pleased to say that I’ll be happy to teach them for you after this current lockdown. You’ll also be pleased to know that I only teach children in schools and my junior clubs and I have been DBS checked and cleared for many years.
I provide chess lessons for children in who live in South West, South East and North West London (please get in touch for more information or to discuss starting a junior chess club in your school).
There’s so much evidence that shows how children who play chess perform better in school, have improved calculating ability, are more imaginative, creative, self-motivated and problem-solve easier.
Junior chess challenges the minds of both girls & boys and it’s a fun game that all children can play. Click here to continue reading
A short introduction to starting chess
It’ll be brilliant for your child to get involved soon, so just let me know when you can make it to one of the junior chess clubs and you’ll both get a warm welcome from me.
If your child is not yet familiar with the rules of chess, please let them know that chess is a fun war game where there’s a battle of minds between two players called Black and White. The battle takes place on a chessboard which has 64 dark and light squares and before they can set up the chessmen, they must turn the board around so there is a light square in the bottom right-hand corner. Have a look at the board below with numbers and letters around the edges. One player puts the white chessmen on rows 1 & 2 and the other player puts the black chessmen on rows 7 & 8.
There are 8 white pieces and 8 white Pawns. In the lower left-hand corner on square a1 the chessman that looks like a castle is called a Rook. Next to the Rook we have the horse we call a Knight on b1, then a Bishop on c1, a Queen on d1 and the King on e1. Next to the King we then have one more Bishop on f1, another Knight on g1 and another Rook on h1. In front of these 8 pieces on Rank number 1 are 8 Pawns on Rank number 2. The player with the Black chessmen has the same number of pieces on Rank 8 and Pawns on Rank number7.
This is just a quick intro to the chessmen and the board and what to do at the start of a game. There’s so much more that your child will learn, so as soon as they join up I can introduce them to lots more. Come along when you can and check out the nearest junior chess club to you and the one that suits the busy activities timetable that you’ve created for your child.
Here’s hoping you can fit chess lessons into that!
I’m also trying to increase the number of girls that learn to play chess too. So if your daughter wants to have a go, she can come along and join in as well.
I usually recommend this book as the one to purchase, if you wish to buy an easy to read beginners chess book.
Girls can play chess just as good as boys when they’re encouraged to join in and have a go.
Chess players that keep practicing and work hard at it, somehow develop more confidence to face other challenges in life.
And when it’s their turn to move, all the thinking skills that’s been developed encourages children to search for the next best move as part of their overall plan.
Playing chess also helps children to improve logical thinking. In a game you have to rely on yourself and nobody else. There is no luck involved whatsoever as you have to make all the decisions. Chess is pure skill and this skill improves and increases the more your child practices regularly.