Chess Is Child’s Play by Laura Sherman and Bill Kilpatrick is an excellent book for teaching young children how to play chess. The authors begin by explaining the benefits of learning to play chess early in life.
Children learn the rudiments of strategic problem-solving. Chess develops the ability of a child to think ahead and examine consequences of actions. In addition, children learn to think outside the box.
The game develops self-confidence as the child becomes more skilled at playing and avoiding common mistakes. More importantly, chess develops the ability of a child to concentrate for extended periods of time. This is one of the most desired traits for doing well in school.
A chess game is a confrontation between two players. The struggle progresses on the board and between each person’s identity. Mistakes are to be expected. The player who manages to keep cool has a better chance at concentrating and prevailing in the end. Chess teaches children to manage wins maturely and cope with losses.
The authors provide specific milestones for children to learn to play chess. At age one, children basically handle the pieces. Two to four year olds learn to place the pieces on to the board. Older children can begin playing the game after sufficient familiarity with the set-up of the game and practice sessions.
The authors provide a diagram for each piece showing how players can move the piece linearly, multi-directionally or a combination thereof. Children learn how to set-up pieces for classic attacks, as well as the value of each piece in relation to others. For instance, a Queen is more valuable than a Rook.
Chess Is Child’s Play by Laura Sherman and Bill Kilpatrick is written in clear and concise language. The diagrams depict the classic positioning of the pieces in an understandable fashion. The benefits of playing chess are articulated at length. The presentation is directed to children from age one onward. The authors’ development of the game is logical and age-appropriate.Powered by Sidelines