I often tell my students how lucky they are to live in “golden age of chess education,” because these days there are so many great chess apps, books and opportunities to practice.

  • Tournaments- If your child is spending a lot of time on chess at home, and has not yet tried a scholastic tournament, there is a good chance that she would enjoy it. Here in Central New Jersey, Princeton Day School (where I am one of the chess teachers) hosts one each month during the school year. They are generally on the first Saturday of each month. For specific dates and more information, go here, or if you have questions or would like to know about additional tournaments, you can email me.

  • Online Resources- With smartphones, tablets and computers, kids can play and practice anywhere, anytime on sites like Chesskid.com, Chess.com. I think Chesskid is a great “starter kit” for younger chess enthusiasts, and that is why I provide my new students with gold level chess memberships. On Chesskid, kids enjoy playing other students, and the videos by FunMasterMike are always popular. As kids get more experienced with chess, a Chess.com membership becomes increasingly beneficial. The kids’ favorite feature if often “Puzzle Rush,” but the best learning tool is the chess.com, “drills” page. A few other good apps include the Magnus Trainer app and Dinosaur Chess for newer players.

  • Beginner Books- For newer, beginner level chess students, my two favorite authors are:

    -Jeff Coakley. If you start with the Green Book for chess instruction,and the red book for chess puzzles, your child should stay busy for a long time. The Orange book would come third, and if your child can then complete the intermediate level “blue” book they will already be quite a strong chess player!

    -Coach Jay Stallings series of books. Set 1 is for students who know how the pieces move and nothing else, and he progresses to much more advanced material from there.

  • Intermediate Level Books- If your child is an experienced tournament level player, rated around 600-1200 and is looking for even more recommendations,here a few:

    Puzzle Books: Chess by Laszlo Polgar, Chess Tactics for Students by John Bain, Chess Tactics for Scholastic Students by Dean Ippolito

    Instruction Books: Logical Chess Move by Move, Pandolfini’s Endgame Course

If you need recommendations beyond that, I recommend checking out my colleague Dan Heisman’s recommended books page here. Good luck!

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