Chess for Kids

Play Chess with your Kids

Written by George Harrold
Play Chess with your Kids

Chess is a fun and challenging game—but for kids, it’s more than a way to pass the time or something they can do after school. It is actually a great game for a child’s mental and social development in more ways than one!

Encourages the strengthening of problem solving skills

It is a challenging game that requires players to think of solutions well ahead of time. For that reason, it encourages the strengthening of a child’s problem-solving skills, which are essential for a growing brain.

Chess naturally encourages the development of patience

It can sometimes seem like forever while you’re waiting for your opponent to make their move—or while you’re waiting for your chess plan to come to fruition. 

Chess improves creative thinking

Chess requires creative thinking that lets you explore a problem from multiple angles. Players need to approach problems with multiple solutions. Such as trying to figure out how to get away from an opponent’s planned move or coming up with a new plan on the spot when an opponent’s move changes their original plan. 

There are endless amounts of chess sets for children out there, ranging from simple/basic sets to unique and visually appealing sets that may be especially intriguing to younger players. The following are some essential tips to keep in mind while you search for chess games for kids.

Tip #1: Consider magnetic sets for younger children

If you are looking for a set for children on the younger side of the age spectrum, then you may want to consider magnetic sets. Magnetic sets come with magnets on the bottom of every piece; these magnets will stick to the game board during play, making it nearly impossible for the pieces to get knocked over or slide around. These are also very good if you are travelling.

Tip #2: Keep the boards as simple as possible for first-timers

If this will be the first chess set that a child receives, it’s best to keep it as simple as possible. Until they begin to develop their own personal hobby or interest for chess. Simple/traditional wooden boards are ideal for younger players as its easier to learn about the different pieces and their individual moves. It will help them to recognise the pieces as they are learning. As players become more familar with the game there are more stylised pieces availaale.

Tip #3: Avoid buying expensive sets until they are older

It can be tempting to buy an ultra-expensive set for a young chess player, but until they are a bit older it’s best to hold off on these types of luxury chess boards, especially if the expensive board includes material such as lacquer or delicate paints which may be ruined by overzealous young children.

Final Thoughts

There is no doubt that playing chess is beneficial to children; whether you sign them up for chess club, encourage them to join a youth tournament or simply play chess with them every night before bed time, encouraging your children to play chess regularly is one of the best ways to improve their education. 


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