Chess Coach Resources ~ Free Printable Chess Posters for Beginners

We are pleased to provide four free chess posters for chess teachers and coaches who work with beginners. They are free to print as long as you do not alter them.  They are 18 x 24 inches. Simply download and save the file.  From there, you may upload it to a printing service. Continue reading “Chess Coach Resources ~ Free Printable Chess Posters for Beginners”

Learn Chess with Pawn Mower ~ Printable Puzzles (Part 1, Rooks)

Pawn Mower puzzles are a great way to teach beginning students how the pieces move. Young players, in particular, often struggle to remember how all of the pieces move if taught all in one sitting.  The puzzles allow students to focus on one piece at a time until each piece is mastered.

Begin by teaching them how one piece moves. Before moving on to another piece, let them do Pawn Learn Chess with Pawn Mower Rook Moves
Mower puzzles featuring that piece until you are confident they have mastered its movement. The younger the player, the longer you will need to spend on each piece. Don’t worry, they will have fun with the puzzles, so they won’t mind if it takes some time. If they do, it might be a sign that they are ready to move on.

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Learn Chess with Pawn Mower ~ Printable Puzzles (Part 5, Summary)

If you have been following our series on learning chess with Pawn Mower, you now know how all of the pieces move.  If not, you can catch up by following these links to learn how the RookBishop Knight and Queen which explain more and links to free rook, bishop, and knight puzzles.


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Once you feel confident you’ve mastered how each piece moves, all you need to learn is a few additional rules to be able to play a full game.

The King: The king can move one square in any direction.  If your king is being threatened (check), you must solve that problem before you make another move.  The king is never captured.

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Learn Chess with Pawn Mower ~ Printable Puzzles (Part 4, Queen)

Learn Chess the Easy Way with Pawn Mower PuzzlesThis is Part 4 of a series on how to use Pawn Mower puzzles to learn/teach how to play chess.  Click here to see Part 1 here for Part 2 , here for part 3 which explain more and links to free rook, bishop, and knight puzzles.

The queen is a fun piece to learn, but the most challenging puzzles of all because the queen has the most options on each move.  Starting with a small number of pieces and gradually moving up as each new level is mastered, will keep students from getting too frustrated.

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Learn Chess with Pawn Mower ~ Printable Puzzles (Part 3, Knight)

Learn Chess the Easy Way with Pawn Mower Knight MovesThis is Part 3 of a series on how to use Pawn Mower puzzles to learn/teach how to play chess.  Click here to see Part 1 and here for Part 2 which explain more and links to some free rook and bishop puzzles.

The knight can be particularly challenging for players of all ages.  Younger players often have trouble remembering how the knight moves.  Other beginners may have trouble visualizing all of the places to which a knight can move. Continue reading “Learn Chess with Pawn Mower ~ Printable Puzzles (Part 3, Knight)”

Learn Chess with Pawn Mower ~ Printable Puzzles (Part 2, Bishops)

Learn Chess the Easy Way with Pawn Mower Bishop MovesThis is Part 2 of a series on how to use Pawn Mower puzzles to learn/teach how to play chess.  Click here to see Part 1 which explains more and links to some free rook puzzles.

This method is particularly good for young children who can get overwhelmed by trying to learn the rules of the game when they are still trying to remember how the pieces move and capture.

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