Skill Levels and Practice Resources

  • Skill Levels and Practice Resources for our Students

    We recognize that for many of our students, one or two hours of chess each week is simply not enough to satisfy their appetite for the game. We also know that each child is unique in his/her learning experience. Below we identify 4 chess-playing skill levels and provide several level-appropriate resources for each. Together, you and your child can determine which level is most appropriate for him/her at this time.

    Level 1: This is our “Beginner” level

    This level is most appropriate for players who are brand new to chess and are still learning how to play the game. Players at this level are developing an understanding of the basic rules and concepts such as: piece movement, castling, check and checkmate, stalemate, and en passant.

    Here are some resources that we suggest for Level 1 players:

    Level 2: This is our “Rookie” level

    A rookie is a player who understands the basic rules of chess and has learned the fundamentals mentioned above in Level 1. Learners at this level are beginning to use tactics (i.e., forks, pins, skewers, etc.) and are clear on the general direction of each game they play. They also use the “ABC’s of Chess” in all of their games. Players at this level may also show an interest in participating in two hours of Kid Chess each week rather than just one – double the fun and learning!

    ***Any player is more successful following the “ABC’s of Chess”.

    A = Activate your pieces! (get the pieces off of the back row and into the game/give every piece a job to do!)

    B = Be safe with your King! (castling is usually the best way to get the king safe)

    C = Centralize! (players want all of their pieces to move into the center of the board or to attack through the middle and to control this area of the board)

    Here are some resources that we suggest for Level 2 players:

    Level 3: This is our “Veteran” level

    A veteran is a player who knows and practices the fundamentals of chess and therefore has the ability to play in a scholastic tournament (and may have already done so). Players at this level should seriously consider being double enrolled in Kid Chess classes (that is, two hours of Kid Chess each week instead of just one).

    Here are some resources that we suggest for Level 3 players:

    • Kid Chess Evaluator – Fun quizzes to test your knowledge. Try the 1 & 2-star quizzes
    • Flash Chess – Step it up a notch and try a game of chess with the “Casual” level
    • Checkmate – Try some of the more advanced puzzles to checkmate the enemy king
    • http://www.chesskid.com* – Play chess with other kids in a safe online environment.
    Level 4: This is our “Established Tournament Player” level

    These students have an established USCF (United States Chess Federation) rating of 400 or above. Players at this level should be double enrolled in Kid Chess classes (two hours of Kid Chess each week instead of just one). In addition to Kid Chess classes, players at this level should also consider private chess instruction.

    Here are some resources that we suggest for Level 4 players:

    • Flash Chess – Play a game of chess at the “Advanced” level. Bring your “A” game!
    • Kid Chess Evaluator – Do the 3, 4, & 5-star quizzes to give your chess brain a workout!
    • Checkmate – Try some of the more advanced puzzles to checkmate the enemy king
    • http://www.chesskid.com* – Play chess with other kids in a safe online environment.

    Additional chess materials and resources here:

    * Please note: kopecchess.com, chesscafe.com and chesskid.com are not Kid Chess® websites.

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  • Chess strengthens critical thinking and improves decision-making and problem-solving skills, and it is also great fun! As with anything, the more you practice, the better you get, and the better you get, the more fun you have. And, of course, the more fun you have, the more you want to play! After you and your child determine which level is the best fit for him/her, please encourage your young chess player to play often at home with friends, family or even a computer opponent!

    For more information or to register

    Please call us at 770-575-5802 or email info@kidchess.com, or Register Online Here