Chess Lessons

A chess teacher must first make sure that they have have enough chess sets. A demonstration board is also recommended. Check out the Chess Resources page for more information on purchasing sets and demo boards.

Learning the basics through mini-games

Using mini-games is a fun, effective, and engaging way to introduce children to chess. The children learn how to play the game piece by piece, before learning more complex concepts like check and checkmate.

The following lessons were developed by Liam Murray and are complemented by a set of videos by Brendan Buckley. The videos are not completely in-sync with the lessons, but are mapped together by piece for your convenience. The lesson plans are easy to follow and the accompanying videos are short, no more than two minutes in length.

Piece/ Topic

Primary Chess Workshop

Lesson Plans

Liam Murray

ChessOssity

Video Tutorials

Brendan Buckley

Chess for Beginners – Slides

Pawn

Lesson 1 – The Pawn Game

Pawn Wars

Rook

Lesson 2 – Rook Challenge

Cat & Mouse Rooks

Rook Rout

Knight

Lesson 3 – Radioactive Horse Poo

Lesson 4 – The Dark Knight Game

Cat & Mouse Knights

Bishop

Lesson 5 – Bishops Rule

Cat & Mouse Bishop

Super Cats

Queen

Lesson 6 – Team v’s Queen

Killer Queen 

King

Lesson 7 – The King

King & Pawn Wars

All Pieces

Lesson 8 – Early Chess

Total Wipeout

Check and Checkmate Slides

Check

Lesson 9 – CPR

Bishop Battle

Checkmate

Lesson 10 – Checkmate with puzzles

Queen & Rook Mate

Rookroller

Castling

Castling

 

What next?

So now the children have learned how the pieces move and mastered check and checkmate, where do they go from here?

This slideshow contains some ideas that will set them on the road to becoming fully fledged chess players.

The internet is full of great resources that will help children improve their chess game. A list of useful websites and YouTube videos is available on the Chess Resources page.

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