Does anyone have some tips for teaching a 9 to 11 year old checkers and chess from a beginner/intermediate level? Thanks.

Victor Niederhoffer writes:

I would suggest checkers as much better relevance to logical thinking and binary decision making the crux of all electrical circuits as a foundation for decision making in life. Chess is a contrived world relating to warfare in the old days. As to how to learn checkers, I would load checkerboard program onto their computers and play against the engine. Tom Wiswell wrote 22 books that are good and some of them are for beginners. You might read Edspec the chapter on Tom's proverbs of life: "Checkers and Markets". Playing with one's father or mother is very resonant in life. Good luck.

JayJay Hales writes: 

Go is a nice boardgame as well. Although in general not as popular in the west, it has a bit of a foothold among mathematicians.





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  1. Marion Morrison on June 13, 2019 5:08 pm

    You can pick up Kasparov’s “Checkmate!: My First Chess Book” used online for $1. Hard to beat the author’s bona fides!

  2. Nigel Davies on July 29, 2019 6:17 am

    When choosing a board game it’s worth bearing in mind the popularity of the different options in order for kids to be able to play and compete with others. As far as I’m aware chess is far and away the most popular board game in the US with the USCF currently having 94,000 members 2,000 affiliated clubs. This in turn creates a market for coaches and other learning resources.

    The breadth and complexity of chess may seem daunting at first but this allows for a wider expression of the mind and emotions than many other games. In particular the interplay between concrete tactical operations and long term considerations involving pawn structure is rather unique to chess.


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