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My kids are 5 and 3 years old. I would like to teach them chess by playing alternative mini-game. Where can I find those mini-game instruction?

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Hi JudgeProphet, welcome to the site! I agree with xaisoft that mini chess is a fun way to learn, but it seems that the hardest part of learning chess is sometimes just figuring out how the pieces move! –  Andrew Feb 8 '13 at 18:17

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If your just looking for instructions, here is the wiki on mini chess. Make sure you checkout the external links.

To take Andrew's comment a bit further, I will give my own experience with my 3.5 year old. This is what he knows now with limited time. He can name all the pieces and he can set the board up, but that is about it. If I ask him to move the bishop, he will swipe it across the board, but that is OK. He does not have the concept that it is a game for two people and I am black or white (every piece is his :) ) Your 5 year old probably will get a better grasp on mini chess, but 3 may be too young for it.

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GM Maurice Ashley invented Pawn Mower. It is great fun for learning how pieces move AND how to visualize the future board position after a few moves.

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+1 I was unaware of this, but downloaded and tried it just now. What a great way for kids to learn the pieces one at a time! –  Halvard Sep 7 '13 at 13:16

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