Teaching Chess to Kids – Top 5 Mistakes

Mistakes are easily made when teaching your child to play chess. In this video we transfer our knowledge learned over many games played with children. Avoid the frustration that can come from overwhelming your kids. Follow these simple guidelines that will take teaching your child to the next level. If you can relate to this video tell us what your experience has been so far.

How to Play the Knights Game

Want to teach your child how to play chess? Don’t get overwhelmed with all of the pieces on the board. Learn how to play the knights game in this video. It is a simple game to learn and only takes 5 – 10 minutes to play. This is an excellent way to establish chess fundamentals for beginners.

Paulding Chess is Growing

We have enjoyed our introduction to chess at White Oak Park in Dallas, Ga on Fridays from 10a-12p. Our group is growing and we are thankful to everyone that has made it out.  There is nothing like a good game of chess at the park with friends.

We are adding more days and times to our calendar this fall.   Come join the fun every other Tuesday starting on September 24th at East Bounds and Grounds Coffee Co. from 3p-5p for a good game of chess.

Starting Saturday, October 5th from 10a-12p we will be at the Dallas Public library teaching an introduction to chess.  If you have never played before the pawn’s game is a great way to get started.  We will have players of all skill levels if you already know how to play.

Looking forward to meeting our new chess players.

Paulding Chess

Join us Friday’s in August for an introduction to Chess. We are meeting at White Oak Park from 10am – 12pm at the pavilion in the back of the park.

Ever wondered about the game of chess? If you’ve never had time to learn — now is a great time! We will introduce chess by talking a little about its history and benefits to those who are learning chess for the first time. For those who are interested, the pawns game is a great way to get started playing!

Chess boards will be provided. Any suggestions for a location for our next event would be welcomed!

Come out and enjoy the fun!

Boost Your Brain: Play Chess!

With mental health issues and Alzheimer’s being prevalent in our society today, we may all ask ourselves from time to time, “Am I taking good care of my brain? What can I do to ensure a healthy brain as I age? How can I teach my kids to boost their brains?”

The human brain is an amazing and intricately complex mass. Averaging 3 pounds, this organ is the control center of every facet of the physical body. It has authority over emotions, heart rate, motor function, reasoning, desicion-making, memory, and planning. With over 100 billion nerve cells, it is constantly sending, receiving, and analyzing many messages. The blood vessels of our brains, if laid end to end, would cover 100,000 miles: approximately 4 times around the earth’s equator.

So, we all know the brain is highly important, on the top of our physical health priority list, because it’s in charge! We’ve heard many a doctor, or read many an article about what we can do to protect, mold, and enhance our brain activity. Omega 3’s, blueberries, broccoli, and nuts are a few of the foods should ingest regularly. Exercise induces a rise in blood flow while deep breathing sessions increase oxygen levels in the brain. Studies show that socializing, staying creative and curious, and playing GAMES is a great way to keep those brains as young as possible.

It must really be true that we never lose the little kids inside us, and that’s why playing games keeps that jelly-like gray and white matter as fit as a fiddle. Crosswords and puzzles boost memory. Scrabble enhances language. Risk makes you more strategic. Visit any retirement home, and you’ll probably find a couple of people huddled around calling out numbers and then, Bingo! I bet you’ll find a few smiles and few sharp brains there too. Pretty soon, you may just find them huddled around a chess board …

It’s been proven that chess increases IQ, improves memory, enhances originality and creativity, and sparks both the left and right hemispheres of the brain. It’s believed to prevent Alzheimer’s and other memory-related diseases. Not only does chess show increased reading levels and problem-solving skills, but it also enhances the art of concentration and patience. It helps young and old alike plan and reason, strategizing not only their next move on the board but also their next moves in life.  Lastly, my personal favorite … Playing chess makes your dendrites grow. Dendrites are what carry signals from one brain cell to another. The more you have, the better the signal!

In this new year, let us continue to learn how to take better care of ourselves, being the ever such complex creatures we are. Let’s exercise more, eat better, and play chess. Let’s slow down, laugh more, and fret less.

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Medieval Pieces

“Pawns are the soul of the game.”

– François-André D. Philidor


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(L to R: Pawn, Rook, Knight, Bishop, Queen, King)

Chess portrays a history lesson in medieval life and time; each piece portraying a facet of the middle age culture.

CHESS: A board of 64 squares of 2 alternating colors. 2 players each with 16 pieces or “Chessman.” 32 total. Half ebony. Half ivory. Each player gets 1 King, 1 Queen, 2 Rooks, 2 Knights, 2 Bishops, and 8 Pawns.

PAWN: The pawns represent the serfs of the times. Serfs were practically slaves. They were manual laborers for the kingdom and treated as property. They could be sold, used as a deflection, traded, exploited, or put to the death for the greater good. Just like serfs, pawns are the greatest in number. They are used to create diversions and sacrifice themselves for the sake of the nobility.

ROOK: Although being called a “castle” is out-dated, this piece, also formerly called the tower, rector, or marquess, does, in fact, resemble a castle. Interestingly enough, the rook’s true name is derived from the word “chariot” in many languages such as Persian. In usage, it portrays the speed of a chariot. It is stronger than a Queen, thus this “tower” is a place of refuge for other pieces.

KNIGHT: The Knight represents the knights of the middle ages! A protector of the nobility, this warrior is the only piece that can jump. As chosen soldiers, they also sacrifice their lives for nobility.

BISHOP: A bishop in medieval times was a priest who had climbed the ladder of success in the Catholic Church. The Church was a normal part of everyday life for most people and had a grandiose effect on them.  This powerful piece is not limited in distance. In other cultures, it may have depicted a different facet of life- runner/messenger (Romanian) or jester (French).

QUEEN: The Queen “Chessman” represents … you got it! Drumroll, please … The Medieval Queen! As the only woman in the game, she moves with grace and force. In the Middle Ages, queens were mighty and very influential to her king. She moved mountains in the inner courts, even though, at times playing games of intrigue. In the game of chess, the queen has the right to move wherever she wants.

KING: The King chess piece resembles the Medieval King. The loss of the king means the surrender of the kingdom, or in this case, the game. (Let’s remember – it’s a game here and not real warfare 🙂 Yeah, right. To lose is to die! 🙂 A thousand deaths I’ve died… It is every piece’s responsibility to protect the king. Their lives’ depend on it. Although he is the most important piece, he is not the most powerful.

1 Board. 64 squares. 32 pieces. 2 people.

Hey, got an hour? I’ll put the coffee on…


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V, Kam. “Chess Is More than a Game of Skill-It Is a Medieval History Lesson in Miniature.” Chess.com, Chess.com, 13 Nov. 2008, http://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-is-more-than-a-game-of-skill-it-is-a-medieval-history-lesson-in-miniature.





Chess Legends

Chess- the oldest strategic skilled game in the world. To whom do we owe our gratitude for such an ingenious game? India? China? Persia? Europe?
Our 1st legend and my personal favorite, claims that a very old, wise man in India, Sissa Ibn Dahir,  wanted his king, Shihram to understand the necessity of each person in society. Thus, he invented the game chess to display how the rooks needed the bishops, and the king needs the queen, and so on. The king was delighted and promised Sissa anything he wanted. Sissa wished for one grain of rice to be put on the first square,  doubling on each subsequent square.  Doing this, he showed that even though pawns (serfs) are small, you can’t overestimate their strength in numbers.  It worked! The king got it! He ordered everyone to play this new game and no one took anyone for granted anymore. Ok, I added that last part… hey, dreaming is what keeps us alive, eh? 😊 Other sources claim that chess was derived from the 2-player Indian war game, Chatrang, around 600 B.C. and then it made it’s way to Europe via Persia in 1000 B.C. 
Legend 2. China. 200 B.C. The story goes that Han Xin invented the game to represent a particular battle in history.  Apparently, it didn’t start to really catch on until the 7th century, and also, the game board and pieces were different than what you would see today.
Number 3.  Some believe chess came from Persia. My research concludes that an Indian ambassador took the game to Persia and challenged the most intelligent people of the Persian court to play with this unique board game consisting of ebony and ivory pieces.  They played for the title of most intellectual and the loser paid a tribute. Legend has it that India lost, but that Persia most likely won by reason of bribery from Indian envoys. 
There are as least as many legends as there are chess pieces, but, whether you play Makruk (Thai Chess),
Janggi (Korean Chess), Sittuyin (Burmese chess), or
Shogi (The Generals Game) a variant of chess in Japan, it doesn’t matter-just keep playing!
Stay tuned for our next blogs: “Medieval Pieces” and “Why did the Church ban chess?”

Chess History, http://www.chesshere.com/resources/chess_history.php.

“History Of Chess – A Simple Guide on Who Invented Chess.” IChess.net, 1 Dec. 2018, http://www.ichess.net/blog/history-of-chess/.

Time With Your Child

When we recommend games for your family we’re not recommending more toys to clutter your child’s closest or playroom.

We encourage you to have special activities or games your child gets to play with just you or the whole family. It is this time they cherish the most because they get to do it with you.

Most of our IQ games are solo but if you sit down, help and watch your child play you will be amazed at what you learn. What problems they run into, how they analyze outcomes, and the resolutions they are able to find!

Some times playing games gets competitive but if we slow down we learn so much more!

Even if you can only block off 15 minutes every other day the learning benefits will help them for years to come. Make sure to put away all devices so there are no unnecessary distractions!