Author(s): Richard James
This accessible how-to guide for parents and teachers on the best way to teach chess to children, from international chess expert Richard James, is linked to both his bestselling book, Chess for Kids, and his website chessKIDS academy. James, who taught grandmasters Luke McShane and Jonathan Rowson, shows how learning chessis interesting and fun. It can also help children develop life skills, such as decision-making and social skills, and be a springboard to other subjects in the school curriculum, such as maths, science, history and even languages. In an easy-to-follow, fun way, James explains how to structure short lessons with worksheets and other activities to introduce the chess pieces, chess notation and chess-board dynamics - so that children can understand the thinking behind the moves and start playing and enjoying this fascinating game.
Teach your kids how to play chess - from the bestselling author of Chess for Kids and webmaster of chessKIDS academy.
Despite being a strong player who is professionally involved in chess, at one time I was clueless when it came to teaching chess to a young beginner, in this case my own son! It was only after getting insights from Richard James, an expert in the field, that the fog started to clear. -- Nigel Davies (International Grandmaster) 20130226
Richard James has been teaching chess to children since the early 1970s, running Richmond Junior Chess Club for more than 30 years, where he worked closely with such future stars as Luke McShane and Jonathan Rowson.He has an international reputation as an expert on how young children learn chess, having had an article on the subject published in The Chess Instructor 2009, published by New In Chess.Richard is the webmaster of chessKIDS academy, a website pioneering online interactive chess instruction for young children.He also has a particular interest in promoting chess among children on the Autistic Spectrum.