Chess Is Child’s Play: Teaching Techniques That Work, is now out and available! You can find it at any major bookstore or on amazon, but if you order through me, I will sign it for you!
As some of you know, I have been working with my partner Bill Kilpatrick on this project for three years. We have been teaching children of all ages, perfecting a system that is easy and fun to apply.
We wrote this book for parents who might be intimidated by the game, so that they can learn to play along with the child. Of course someone who is expert at chess will also benefit from the knowledge, as they will learn how to teach a young child.
When you teach a four-year-old to play it is imperative that you take a baby-step approach, defining all the terms along the way. We lay this all out for any parent to use!
We employ a “mini-game” strategy that is a lot of fun. Younger and older children enjoy playing these mini-games, and it strengthens their play, as they can focus on certain aspects.
Chess Is Child’s Play has been out for only a month and the reviews are pouring in! Here are a few:
“Your book transformed me. For 41 years I was afraid to learn chess, and in reading and learning from your book, I was able to teach myself AND my 5-year old son. We play all the time, our brains are working and I am proud to finally understand this refined and incredible game. THANK YOU for your incredibly accessible, fun, and super-practical instruction.”
“An excellent book for teaching children of any age how to play chess. You may even adapt it to teach adults. Don’t know how to play chess? Use this book to teach yourself. Each chapter of the book is a clearly explained lesson. The illustrations are crisp and the pages have plenty of white space, which makes it easy to follow the instructions. The lessons make learning chess fun. You follow the learner’s pace. Each chapter ends with tips on how to deal with problems learners may have with the lesson. With this book in hand, adults can approach teaching children chess with confidence.”
“My son, Danel, is 40 months old. He already knew the name of the pieces, but I didn’t know how to continue teaching him. Today I’ve started teaching him with the help of your book. We’ve started with Chapter 4. I was very happy, because he could do all the games and exercises. I tried to continue with the rook, and, incredibly, he was very concentrated, and happy, and he wanted more and more. We only did 2-3 exercises of the Rook, but he could move them perfectly and we played some of the games. I couldn’t believe. He said that he wanted to play another day.”
When you order Chess Is Child’s Play, please do write to me and tell me how the lessons are going. I want to know!