Saturday, October 20, 2007
Chess for Juniors
Chess for Juniors, by Robert M. Snyder, covers basic and intermediate chess concepts for young people. We are using the book with our 6yo dd, who started learning chess when she was 4 or 5. She’s been reading kids chess books since she learned to read over a year ago, and she’s been playing chess against the computer for over a year as well. However, I am not qualified to teach her anything more than just how the pieces move, and without instruction she becomes discouraged as the computer repeatedly wins their games because she is not using strategy. So we bought this book to work through together so that she would have a better foundation in chess. I am working through it with her, about one chapter or half of a chapter each week. We get the chess board out so that we can set it up to match the illustrations in the book. So far (we are just on chapter 6), I have found the presentation very clear and easy to follow, and the topics move slowly enough for us without being plodding. The book covers the very basics, such as how each piece moves, as well as more advanced topics such as specific openings to learn and employ.