While we’ve been recovering and self isolating due to Covid, we’ve been playing board games. The older kids can all play chess but somehow we’ve never got around to teaching Isabelle. Thankfully, we were sent “Chess Teacher” a game designed to help children learn to play chess by Wicked Uncle, so we could start the home chess lessons.
Read on to discover our thoughts on “Chess Teacher” and to find out you can win a “Chess Teacher” game for yourself:
“Chess Teacher” Game
A beginner’s set to aid learning the great game of chess, played all over the world.
“This clever set from Cardinal removes the major problem of learning chess, how the different pieces move. Each piece is marked with its name and arrows showing the directions in which it can legally move and how many spaces. The large (2-inch), hollow pieces are lightweight with extra-wide bases, giving them stability and comes with a folding board. A great help when being taught this great game – soon to be mastered!”
Our Thoughts on “Chess Teacher” Game
This Chess Teacher game is packaged well in a strong box, so it can still be kept tidy after opening. It contains a folding chess board, a set of white chess pieces, a set of black chess pieces and instructions. The chess pieces come in a plastic bag. After use, we swapped these bags for resealable plastic bags to keep our pieces safe and tidy in the box. Alternatively, you could pop an elastic band onto the bag supplied or tape up after use each time.
As the aim of this game is to teach the player how to play chess, I personally feel like it would be more useful if the game contained larger and more detailed simple chess instructions. Like many games, the print on the instructions was very small and in different languages. Thankfully, we already have an old “Chess for Children” book, which was passed onto Danny from Great Granny and Grampy many years ago. This supplemented the “Chess Teacher” game well. If you don’t have a book or good knowledge of playing chess there are lots of sites you can use online alongside using this learning chess set.
Marked Chess Pieces
The instructions contain a diagram which shows how to set the chess board up. The best part about the “Chess Teacher” game are the chess pieces are clearly labelled with their name and have arrows showing the directions in which they can legally move and how many spaces. This is so handy to remind your child as they play the game. I remember when I first learnt how to play chess this was initially the hardest part. By having the “moves” marked on the pieces, it enables your child to be able to play the game.
“Chess Teacher” is Suitable from Age 6
“Chess Teacher” is suitable for children ages 6 and older. The lightweight pieces are chunky making them easy for younger children to handle. They have extra wide bases for stability. Once your child has mastered the game and knows all the pieces off by heart, I would put this game away for or pass on to a younger child and move your confident chess player onto a beautiful chess set with crafted, heavy pieces. For me, that’s part of the beauty of playing this much loved game. However, this learning set is also useful for adults who haven’t played in a while and need reminding of the moves (ahem, I blame covid brain fog) or people with memory problems who need occasional reminding of the moves.
Izzy is very much a beginner at chess and thanks to our book and the labelled chess pieces, she was able to play and enjoy the game.
She still has a lot to learn, of course. In chess, it’s important to remember that every move is a learning opportunity. When you first begin to play, you may not win, but each time your opponent takes one of your pieces, you are learning a move or game that may help you to win next time or in the future.
Basic Rules of Chess
The aim of chess is to checkmate the opponent’s king. This happens when the king is put into check and cannot get out of check. Each of the 6 different kinds of pieces moves differently. Pieces cannot move through other pieces (though the knight can jump over other pieces), and can never move onto a square with one of their own pieces. However, they can be moved to take the place of an opponent’s piece which is then captured. Pieces are generally moved into positions where they can capture other pieces (by landing on their square and then replacing them), defend their own pieces in case of capture, or control important squares in the game.
Progressing in Chess
This “Chess Teacher” Game gives your child the chance to learn how to set up the chess board and all about the different chess pieces and how they move. Your child could write their own “Chess Book” with diagrams as they learn more about the game. Teach them opening moves, how to attack and defend, simple games and special moves, such as castling, promoting a pawn, and capturing en passant. As they progress they will begin to think ahead and spot “dangerous” patterns etc. The more they play, the more chess etiquette they will learn along the way too.
Join a Chess Club
If they enjoy playing chess, they may wish to join (or start) a chess club at school. Danny used to go to chess competitions with Beavers, Cubs and Scouts when he was younger. There are many benefits to playing chess, including improving memory, deepening focus and developing perspective. It also promotes good sportsmanship and most importantly is fun!
Overall Thoughts on “Chess Teacher” Game
Overall, we feel the “Chess Teacher” game is a useful tool to help children learn how to play chess. It’s great for them to have the chess piece moves in front of them while they are learning. However, this needs to be used alongside a “teacher” (in our case an older sibling), or book or website to really get to learn the game properly. It’s a great chunky and durable first chess set for younger children.
Win “Chess Teacher” Game from Wicked Uncle
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