ACES: Weeks 8 and 9

Week 8: This week, although we taught the chess club as well, I was placed in a classroom of 2nd graders who were new to chess. I introduced the children to the game by going over the basics—the names of the pieces, how they move, their worth, etc. After covering these fundamentals, I went over how they should start their chess games by teaching them a few key opening/chess principles.

Week 9: We had been teaching the children many different concepts in chess—everything ranging from openings and chess principles to tactics and checkmating techniques—so we let the children play chess with one another. We made sure to walk around and facilitate the proceedings of their games when necessary.