We have been very lucky last term to have had the opportunity for Allan to visit our room and teach us about playing chess! This is something Grange school values highly and many students in all different year levels including from our class attend chess sessions with Allan at school on a regular basis.
The origins of chess are not exactly clear, though most believe it evolved from earlier chess-like games played in India almost two thousand years ago. The game of chess we know today has been around for more than 500 years!
The Goal of chess
You and your opponent are each in charge of an army. Your goal is to catch the other army’s king (before they catch yours)! When you have him attacked and they can no longer escape, it’s called “checkmate,” and you win!
You each start with a trusty army of 16: the King, Queen, two Rooks, two Bishops, two Knights, and eight Pawns.
Earlier in the year Allan visited us for 3 lessons to show us some techniques and strategies of playing chess. He would begin by demonstrating to the class some of these strategies and then everyone would have an opportunity to practise with a partner.
Finally during week 11 all the year 4 classes got together to have a massive chess tournament. Allan had set up a large chess draw where we all had an opportunity to play several rounds of chess against our peers. Allan recorded who won each game and we eventually had some winners in the group.
Here is a video that explains the rules about chess
Make sure you check out Chesskid website. It has some fantastic advice and videos on different strategies for beginners as well as advanced players!
What do you enjoy most about playing chess?
Do you play chess at home or with your friends?
Can you explain one rule or strategy that Allan has taught you over the past few years?