# Attacking the King: Direct Check - Lesson for Kindergarten, Chapter - Purpose of the Game

In the "Attacking the King: Direct Check" lesson, kindergarten students will embark on an exciting journey into the basics of chess, focusing specifically on one of the most thrilling parts of the game: putting the opponent's king under direct threat, known as a "check." Through engaging activities and puzzles, young learners will develop an understanding of how to skillfully apply pressure on the opposing king, teaching them the foundation of strategic thinking and planning.

Why is this important? Learning to execute a direct check is fundamental to grasping the purpose of the game of chess, which is to checkmate the king, ultimately leading to victory. This lesson not only introduces students to critical thinking and problem-solving skills but also encourages patience, foresight, and the ability to anticipate an opponent's moves. By mastering the concept of the direct check through a series of puzzles, students will enhance their cognitive abilities, improve their concentration, and gain confidence in making decisive moves. This foundational knowledge sets the stage for more advanced strategies and a deeper appreciation of the game's complexities, fostering a lifelong love for chess and strategic thinking.

Estimated classroom time: 16 min
Chapter: Purpose of the Game
Unit: GAME BASICS
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1st
4:00 min
Chess: Direct Check
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2nd
3:00 min
Direct Check: Puzzle 1 Worksheet
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3rd
3:00 min
Direct Check: Puzzle 2 Worksheet
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4th
3:00 min
Direct Check: Puzzle 3 Worksheet
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5th
3:00 min
Direct Check: Puzzle 4 Worksheet
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• ### Activity 2 / Direct Check: Puzzle 1 Worksheet

In this worksheet, your child must put their knowledge of chess, tactics, and mathematics to good work. How well does your little one know their chess moves? If they have been taking lessons in chess playing, or show interest in playing the game with friends and family, then this exercise should be an enjoyable one for them. Draw a line to show the move that will put the white king in checkmate. Then, look through the options and check the correct notation of your move.

• ### Activity 3 / Direct Check: Puzzle 2 Worksheet

In this worksheet, your little one must take the side of the white chess pieces. It is time to test how skilled they are at chess playing, and how well they can make correct notations of each move they make. In this pdf, your kids are to draw a line that shows the move that will put the black king in checkmate. Then, look through the options provided and check the correct notation of the move.

• ### Activity 4 / Direct Check: Puzzle 3 Worksheet

Chess games are one sure way to build your child’s strategic skills, mathematical skills, and thinking patterns. If you are curious to know just how much progress they have made in understanding the game of chess, use this easy worksheet exerciser to assess their skills. In the exercise, your child must use the white chess pieces to move, and draw a line to show what move would put the black king in checkmate. Next, look through the options and select the option that shows the correct notation.

• ### Activity 5 / Direct Check: Puzzle 4 Worksheet

As your students or children progress in their chess learning, you might want to assess just how far they have gone, and how well they understand strategic movements. Use this simple worksheet to gauge their skills. In the exercise, your young ones must take control of the black pieces, and draw a line showing a move that would put the white king in check. Then, look through the options provided and circle the correct notation of the move they made.