On past trips to Boston, our nieces and nephew have seen the over-sized chess set that's situated in the hotel where we often stay. They've expressed interest in playing, but we've never done so. While I had some hazy sense of how to play, I always thought of chess as a complex game and one that would be too hard to explain to them. This past weekend, however, I had a chance to play chess with a 7 year old and it finally clicked for me: this is fun stuff! I finally had a chance to see past the minutia, and started enjoying the actual game.
While all this was fresh in my head, I wanted to collect up some simple resources I could be armed with next time I had the chance to play chess. Here's what I came up with:
- Visual Chess Cheat Sheet - shows just the essentials: how to setup the board, and the legal moves. Originally from learn.district196.org.
- Piece by Piece Cheat Sheet - shows the moves pieces can make, and gives a few tips. Originally from chess-game-strategies.com.
- Text based description of chess rules - a (near?) complete explanation of all chess rules in text form. Originally from bgsu.edu.
Just yesterday, as David and I finished up a run I noticed an over-sized chess board just crying out for us to play. With the above resources at hand, there's no excuse for not diving in and playing.