Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Chess Kid - Online Chess Games and Lessons

There are plenty of places to play chess online. There aren't, however, a lot of chess sites designed for kids that are as well designed as ChessKid.

One of the first things I noticed about ChessKid is that the word "learn" is prominent on the site. ChessKid offers some free video lessons for first time chess players. Of course kids can play games on ChessKid. Games can be played alone or against other kids in the ChessKid network.

To preserve privacy ChessKid only allows players to use predefined avatars and predefined, randomly generated usernames. This makes it impossible for kids to accidentally display their real names in any games.

Applications for Education
The free version of ChessKid does impose some limits on the number of games and the number of videos kids can access, but the video for first time players is completely free. The video for first time players alone makes ChessKid worth visiting.