Sunday, April 26, 2009


Playing with the Knights

Children are restless. Teaching them chess requires patience and creativity. In order to instill the chess skills and knowledge into their minds, the training method should be more interesting than their daily dose of cartoons. One of the method for training knight moves I could find is created by Brunia and Van Wijgerden, two prominent chess authors. In the diagram below, 8 pawns are placed in the middle of the board. The players have to capture all opponents pawns in as few moves as possible in order to win the game. To make the game more interesting for children, place sweets instead of pawns.

One more method is putting a knight at one corner of the board and make a competition between them where the winner is the one who covered the whole board with the least knight moves.

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