Time Required:

10 minutes

Tools Required:
  • Big chess board
  • Giant pieces of one color: 8 pawns, queen, rook, bishop, knight
  • Any 1 giant piece of a different color
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      General Objective(s):
      • Improve focus
      • Enhance coordination
      • Demonstrate good sportsmanship
      Description:

      This game is similar to Pawn Progression (red light, green light), but teaches about starting movements and how pawns can promote to the queen, bishop, rook, or knight when it gets to the other side of the board.

      Line up (or have the children help you line up) all of the pawns in the starting row (row 2). Have the children sit or stand behind the pawns. 

      Ask the children if they remember how a pawn moves — hopefully they remember that the pawn moves 1 square forward at a time (if not, remind them and demonstrate).

      Explain that on the first move only, pawns can move either 1 or 2 squares (demonstrate). 

      And to top it off, pawns take other pieces differently! They move diagonally to take a piece (demo with any piece of a different color).

      Quickly review with them and see if they can remember:
      First move – 1 or 2 squares forward
      Next move – 1 square forward only
      Take – diagonal forward

      The actual game (explain to the children):
      Each child stands behind a piece. The coach calls out “first move”, “next move,” or “Take”.  The first child to reach the other side is promoted! They can pick to be queen, knight, bishop, or rook. The game starts over, and that child can now call the commands (with the coach’s help). If a child makes a mistake (e.g., moves 2 squares on “next move”), they must return to the start row.

      NOTE: Only call out “first move” when everyone is in the starting row.

      Description for Parents

      This game is similar to Pawn Progression, but teaches about starting movements and how pawns can promote to be a queen, bishop, rook or knight when it gets to the other side of the board. The children move the pawns on the big board and the coach calls out “First move” “Next move,” or “Take”. The first child to reach the other side is promoted!