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hardcorepawn 39 ( +1 | -1 )
Chess at 4 My daughter is 4 years old and interested in learning to play chess. After only 2 games she seems to be getting a grasp of the game. Last game she actually had a better position at one point, I did give her some pointers and I did intentially miss the checkmate early on, but all the same, she is showing real promise.

Anyone here had experience of teaching a child to play chess, particularly a 4 or 5 year old.
hardcorepawn 6 ( +1 | -1 )
Another thing I only had to tell her once how to set the board up and how the pieces moved.
mattafort 13 ( +1 | -1 )
Knights? Does she really know how to move Knights?
Hard to believe.
But then again, children are made for to learn. Anything.
hardcorepawn 43 ( +1 | -1 )
She struggles a bit with knights I have to advise her, but if she says she wants to move her Knight (horse) I tell her where she can move it.
Ive just allowed my 7 year old to play my 4 year old. Lets just say my 7 year old is in tears because she lost.

Here is how the game started
White - Jasmine 7 Years old
Black - Imogen 4 years old
1. f4 d5 - Jasmine always plays Birds Opening for some reason
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. Nc3 e5

They had no help at all up to this point.
hardcorepawn 8 ( +1 | -1 )
My 4 year old watches me play chess everyday. So perhaps she has been taking some of it in.
hardcorepawn 8 ( +1 | -1 )
My 4 year old watches me play chess everyday. So perhaps she has been taking some of it in.
mattafort 9 ( +1 | -1 )
Children have an amazing capacity for learning.
They notice most anything.
olympio 56 ( +1 | -1 )
don't waste her time teaching her tons of openings and endgame strategies.. just get her comfortable with calculating her own way through positions and tactics.. that's the hardest thing to learn/develope.. if she tackles that at an early age in my opinion she can go very much further. getting to that point where you visualize the board pretty well and can really calculate ahead is the hardest part for any newcomer to chess.. memorizing openings and even the theory behind the openings is rather easy and that can come later when she decides she really wants to study chess
hardcorepawn 26 ( +1 | -1 )
All I have taught her is how the pieces move
how to set up the board
how to take pieces (her favorite bit)

The moves she made in the opening where all her own doing. She is only 4, so if she can remember how to move the pieces and how to take piece I will be very please with her.

Perhaps I will start her an account here :)
mattafort 17 ( +1 | -1 )
Games are for fun, and learning. As long as she finds it interesting and fun, everything is okay.
Chess is game - games are for fun/excitement.

My mother taught me chess, by losing to me.
That gave me a positive experience.
hardcorepawn 10 ( +1 | -1 )
My parents taught me when I was 6, I could beat them every game by the age of 7, so they refused to play me anymore.