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Chess Courses for Beginners

Hampton Court House chess teacher Richard James is launching a new series of chess courses for beginners and novices in September. The courses, aimed at children aged between 6 and 8, will approach chess in a step by step, structured way, and will give children a solid foundation in the game which will enable them to progress to higher levels should they wish to do so. The courses are based on Richard’s best selling book Chess for Kids (Right Way Books) and his website chessKIDS academy. If you’re interested, or you know anyone else who might be interested, you can register an interest by visiting the course website at

Richard has also been commissioned by Right Way Books to write a book for parents and teachers: The Right Way to Teach Chess to Kids. The book is scheduled for publication in June 2013 and will explain the theory and practice behind Richard’s courses while enabling parents to reinforce the lessons in the course at home.