Here is a set of cards that you can have up your sleeve while running a junior chess club. Sometimes you have a spare player -- and sometimes players get a bit bored playing the same old faces each week #8211; so here are some ways to mix things up.
|There are four sorts of card:|
|Chess uses a big board and it's hard to see how things join up #8211; these tasks will help you get your eye in|
|Practice for a chess skill|
|Target practice for finishing off a game|
Draw a card for everyone to have a go at when they arrive, or draw one later for one or two players who are at a loose end. The number of possible ideas is enormous, but these have been tried and tested.
I've left out perhaps some of the better-known ideas, like blitz chess, doing tactics puzzles, and crazy lightning. In the unlikely event that you haven't heard of these, you will find them on the Internet.
I don't think any of these ideas are completely original, but I don't know where they all came from. Credits are due to Gerry Quinn (Detective chess>), Jeff Coakley (Winning Chess Exercises>) Steven Addison (100 other games to play on a chessboard>) David Pritchard (The Encyclopedia of Chess Variants>), Raymond Smullyan (The Chess Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes) and Martin Gardner (Mathematical Carnival).
Suggestions and comments welcome #8211; then soon there might be another set.
P.S. Print them on card or onto labels; A6 labels can be stuck to the A5 playing cards made by Stratus.