Time Required:

10 minutes

Tools Required:
  • Big chess board
  • Small pieces (optional)
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Recall how different chess pieces move
      • Paraphrase important chess concepts
      General Objective(s):
      • Improve coordination
      • Demonstrate basic principles of geometry
      • Enhance memory recall
      Description:

      This activity is best after the children have already completed several chess lessons, and works best with small groups. The coach directs each participant to find and stand on a particular square on the giant board, such as C3. Participants are asked a chess question, and if they answer correctly, they get to move to another square on the board. Questions can include:

      • What is this piece called? (holding up a small piece)
      • How does the ____ move?
      • What piece is the most powerful piece in chess? [queen because it can move in any direction as many spaces as it can]
      • What piece is the most important piece in chess? [the king, because it is the key to winning the game]
      • What piece must you protect the most? [the king]
      • What piece moves like _____?
      •  Any other question you can think of based on what you’ve learned and taught the students so far!
      Variation 1:

      Have the students move like a chess piece from their current square to the next one (so if asked a question where the answer is “knight,” have them move like a knight). Use beanbags to help them find the direction.

      Description for Parents

      The coach directed each participant to find and stand on a particular square on the giant board, such as C3. Participants were asked a chess question, and if they answered correctly, they got to move to another square on the board. We learned a lot about chess coordinates!