It’s Chess time!

This term our class have been lucky to have Alan visit us for a lesson each week to teach us about Chess.

Chess is a two player strategy board game played on a checkered game board with 64 squares arranged in an 8 by 8 grid. It was thought to be the first ever game that was played on a board with squares that had different types of pieces.

The game originated in Northern India in the 6th century AD. Back then it was called Chaturanga which translates to “four divisions” which is in reference to the four divisions of the military. Below is a list of the chess pieces and what their original names were:

 Original Name              Current Name

king                                              king

adviser                                       queen

elephant                                    bishop

horse                                          knight

chariot                                       rook

foot-solider                             pawn

The first World Chess Championship was held in 1886 and was won by an Austrian called Wilhelm  Steinitz.


Our first session with Alan involved him explaining the moves each chess piece can make and where they begin on the board. From there he demonstrated some strategies that are used when playing. Mrs Baldwin was extremely impressed of the knowledge that most students had, especially with the strategy moves!

Alan and Mrs Baldwin have also signed us up to the website Chesskid where we can practice the game against each other anytime we want. In our computing lesson we decided to try it out and it was a lot of fun playing against each other and also students from around the world!

Check out more information about how to play chess by watching this video!

What do you enjoy most about playing chess?

What have you learnt from Alan over the past few weeks?

Do you play chess outside of school? If so who do you play with?

6 thoughts on “It’s Chess time!

  1. Yo Mrs Baldwin,

    I enjoyed seeing who was going to win

    I learnt how to do the four wheel check mate

    I do not play chess outside of school

    From Zac🤡💸💸💸💸💸💸💸💸💸💸💸💸

  2. Dear Mrs Baldwin,
    What I enjoyed most about chess was playing with my friends
    What i have learnt from Alan is how to trick the other person and do the 4 move checkmate
    No i don’t play chess outside of school
    Cheers Jordan🍩

  3. Dear mrs Baldwin
    The thing I enjoy most about chess is its a lot of fun and you get to learn about how to win against your player and how the other person could win.The thing I learnt from Alan is the queen can always take out the king but the king has less chances of taking the queen.I don’t play chess out of school.


  4. Dear Miss Baldwin,
    I enjoyed playing chess because we got to verse people from our class and that we got to do a tournament the end of the term.

    I have learnt the 4 move check mate and that it is good to verse someone different and a little bit hard so you can become better.

    I play chess at home with my dad and my older brother and once with my mum.

    From Constantina

  5. Dear Mrs Baldwin,
    What I enjoyed about playing chess was that it bring back old memories about chess from the past.what I learn from Alan was that I don’t always have to start with a pawn.I play chess with my pa out side of school.

  6. dear skye

    i enjoyed chess because it can test my strategies

    i’ve learnt you can get a check mate with in 4 turns

    i do play it online so i don’t know who i’m playing with

    from jonathan

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