Welcome Kids! Thanks for signing up with ChessKid.com... We hope you are already enjoying your time here, and to make your experience even more fun, we are going to "walk you through" some of the many cool things to do and learn from on our website.
Before we help you find your way through the site, there is something we need you to do: Make sure your parent has also created a FREE account here on ChessKid.com. If they haven't yet, click this link to invite them. Even though our site is designed for you (the really awesome chess kid) we will need your "guardian" to be a member in order for you to have access to ALL of our tools. Your parent and/or coach will have lots of fun watching you learn, play, solve tactics, and much more, so get them signed up and we will get to work!
One of the coolest features we have available to our members is our Tactics Trainer.
This tool will not only make you a much better chess player, it also helps you keep track of your progess, and allows you to improve your rating as you solve more puzzles! Your parent or coach can reward with trophies as you progress, and nothing is cooler than winning a trophy right? To get started, go to your home page and look for the link shown above in the picture. Have fun !
Similar to our Tactics Trainer, but perhaps even more like a "real tournament chess game" is our Computer Workout program. Have you ever wished you had more experience with the basic checkmate patterns in chess? Or perhaps you would like to practive winning endgame positions up a piece, or even a small amount of material? This tool is perfectly designed to give you practice in "real life" chess scenarios. The computer will give you the best fight it can, even if it is starting out in a worse position or down material. This type of "tough competition" is exactly what you need to take your game to the next level. Try it out for yourself...
Speaking of "preparing yourself for tournament play", did you know you can join a tournament right now, right here on ChessKid.com? We have tournaments going all the time, and you can play in as many tournaments as you want. When your friends and siblings sign up, you can all join a club and play together "as a team" against other clubs and groups. !!!
As you have probably heard from your coach, keeping a good scoresheet is important in order to learn from your games... Well, every game you play here on ChessKid.com is kept track of -- automatically -- for you to then review and learn from afterwards.
Every GREAT player has played hundreds, if not thousands, of chess games in their life! There is not better way to keep sharp and get ready for a tournament, then by getting in some chess practice everyday. You can play "Live Ches" against other members for a quick game, and even play several games all at once with our "correspondence" (each player has a few days to move) game feature. Start a game today!
We can't end our "stroll" the the site without mentioning our Videos and Articles. If you liked reading this article, then jump right in and start reading one of our many educational articles designed to help you learn ALL of the most important chess concepts to becoming a strong chess player. You can read about tactics, openings, endgames, the great players of the past, advanced rules and strategies, or anything else that might help you improve your chess skills.
Our videos are brought to you by a wide array of strong chess players who have "been there -- done that" as far as competing and winning at the highest levels of scholastic chess. They are here "get you to the next level" and keep you entertained and excited at the same time.
There is no more time to waste! Take the next step to becoming the world's next Super Grandmaster of chess. We are here to help and answer all of your questions, and we want nothing more than for you to have a great time learning and hopefully, mastering the "Game of Kings"... Good luck!