Teach Chess to your Kids

by Michiel Van Kets

Chess is a game that is enjoyed by people from all walks of life and from young children to the elderly. You don't need an expensive board to play chess and the one you do eventually buy is likely to last you for ever. Many fanatics of the game play on boards that they have had for years and love the feel of the pieces as they move them around the board nearly as much as the game itself.

Buying a chess set makes a great gift for anyone and can open up a whole new area of interest by allowing you to acquire new skills and make new friends with the same interest. There are clubs, internet sights and chat rooms where you can discuss games and moves until the sun comes up if that's what you wish to do.

Buying a chess set that will be located at home means you can choose whatever size you like and made from whatever kind of material you prefer as it will be staying in one place. Although wooden chess sets are generally the most popular there are also lots of lovely products made from marble and glass to look out for if you want something more ornate. They look great displayed on a table or sideboard with all the pieces set up enticing those who see it to play a game.

Teaching your kids to play chess can train them to use a lot of skills that will come in handy throughout their life; it teaches them to focus, increases developmental thinking skills, and helps with logical thinking, decision-making, mathematics, problem solving and critical thinking. It is great practice for improving alertness and concentration and helps with memory retention - kids that play chess are liable to do well in their exams.

Take a visit to a chess store and you'll be amazed at the sheer amount of choice on sale, particularly for kids which can be a lot of fun as there are many designs produced in creative and imaginative themes. You can find hand painted or plain wood styles designed with kids in mind as they are made specifically for those with a smaller arm span, plastic and wooden sets can be more durable and longer-lasting. Toy stores also have a selection of sets to check out that are fun and economical and are a great way to introduce chess to youngsters.

Choose a theme that appeals to your child, for boys' dragons and dinosaurs are always popular, check out dragon knights riding motorbikes, dragon castles carrying surf boards or dinosaur pawns in all kinds of humorous poses. The characters of Peter Rabbit are super cute and sure to inspire younger kids to learn how to play. Or for older kids Robin Hood and his merry men battling the sheriff of Nottingham to save maid Marion across the chess board is a great historical and fun way to play.

If you're shopping for a daughter then check out Alice in Wonderland, a timeless classic that comes complete with the chess pieces as the characters of the story. You can get it in either colourful painted figures or carved in plain wood design. Or Winnie the Pooh chess pieces, a classic character that will be treasured by every child even when they're grown up.

Buying a luxury set for your children can mean a gift for life that they can then hand down to their own kids when the time comes. Invest in a quality product and it will stay in the family for years to come, educating generations of kids and providing endless hours of amusement.

Order your set online and get it delivered for free within the UK. With express shipping available on the mainland you won't have to wait around for your gift to arrive - it will be there the very next day and the fun can begin.

About the Author

Michiel Van Kets writes articles for Regency Chess, an online retailer of the finest chess products crafted by high quality chess manufacturers. All the chess pieces carries a strong aesthetic sense, and some don unique and original designs that only a luxury chess set can command. They have a range of chess boards are made from graded hardwoods and come in all kinds of colours, sizes and finishes including solid wood, wood veneer, plastic and vinyl.