Chess provides a great lesson in using strategic thinking, patience, focus, and social skills. Students need to pay close attention to the board, their pieces, and every move made in order to trap their opponents and keep themselves from falling into a checkmate.
Beneficial Classroom Activity
Chess is a great game for teaching a wide range of skills in students young and old. Younger students benefit from learning the basic movements of each piece. They’ll learn patience as they think about each move they’re about to make and what the outcome could be. Older students build on these skills with strategy and foresight, analyzing both their opponent’s moves and their own. This game emphasizes a wide range of logic, critical thinking, and decision-making skills.
How to Play
Chess is a game played between 2 players on opposite sides of the game board. Each player has 16 pieces: 1 king, 1 queen, 2 rooks, 2 bishops, 2 knights, and 8 pawns. The goal of the game is to checkmate the other king, putting him in a position to be captured (in check), and preventing his escape from capture. As other pieces are captured they’re removed from the board. The 6 types of pieces each have their own moving requirements and patterns, which play into strategy.
Set includes 32 plastic pieces in black and white and a 15"L x 15"W board folds open for quick set up. For 2 players, ages 6 and up.