How Chessity reduces the threshold of chess learning

Dec 18, 2015
  arunjchess
StaffCoach 2170

Have you ever wondered what makes Chessity fun and easy to use?

No, not just the games. Apart from the games, there are several hidden aspects of the platform that are at work to make your chess learning more effective. Here's a list of five of them.

 

 

Breaking the language barrier

Chess is a language we all speak fluently despite the fact that we're from different countries. A player from one end of the world will understand a chess game the same way as another player from another country speaking a different language.
Chess cannot be confined by the language barriers.

At Chessity, we designed the interface and games with this in mind. We rely less on language help, and more on visual help so that people from any country can understand the games without difficulty. 

Here's a small video from our beginner game section.

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Also, Children don't have the patience to read manuals. They learn by doing. Visual cues help them understand why a move is a mistake. This helps them find out the right move, and keep learning.

Adults rely on language to understand technical features, but when a product is designed for a large global audience, language becomes a barrier. If everything is in English, people from other languages may not understand. Relying more on visual help solves this problem in Chessity.

We are all children after all.

Chess doesn't have to be a difficult mind exercise for smart people. The threshold of learning gradually goes down when it is presented in an easy to understand and fun way.

Fun is the secret ingredient that makes chess learning effective and enjoyable, and at Chessity this is our matra - to make chess education fun and effective through mini-games.

 

Learning is a step-by-step, organic process.

Every Grandmaster was once a beginner. Everone starts with the basic steps, and gradually improves as they learn. The lessons in Chessity are structured with this understanding. As a player improves, the lessons also become tougher and tougher in such a way that it gradually builds one on top of the others. A child can start at the very basic piece movements, and can grow all the way upto advanced endgame studies at a gradual organic phase.

In many training sections, the system automatically senses the level of the user, and gives related exercises. These exercises gradually become tougher when you keep solving them correctly. In this way, our chess system is also learning all the time about the player. Otherwise, a child may feel discouraged by consistent defeats.  

Sometimes habits are better than goals.

Several years ago I found myself being very passionate about music. I got myself a guitar and practised for several hours at that time. But my interest was short lived, and so was my learning. The guitar still sits in a corner of my room waiting for me. Even if I pick up the guitar now, the lessons will not be there to help me. I don't remember anything. It is long gone.

Consistency in training is very important when developing a skill. Successful chess professionals make training a habit. Preparing for 10 hours on one day and disappearing on the second day is not going to help much.

This lesson is the life current of Chessity. We measure the daily progress and show it to the player in the form of statistics. This helps a player measure his progress, and keep practising. You only have to solve 20 puzzles a day to earn a tick mark in the training bar, and it constitutes 5% on the overall score. And for 20 days, that's 100% which a player on Chessity will reach and maintain. That indicates a healthy chess training habit.

Together is better than alone
We tend to learn better together than alone. Training alone can create a sort of friction sometimes. At Chessity, the player has the option to either train alone -- in the learning/training sections, or head to the multiplayer games to train together.

This also includes solving tactics with others. Here's a video where Grandmaster Erwin L'Ami plays with IM Robert Ris using Chessity.

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 This is where we are with our mission to make chess learning fun and effective for everyone. Do you have an idea that you think we should implement? Feel free to share it as a comment below. Thanks for reading. 

 

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2 Comments

wilmg 22:08 - 24 Dec 2015
Dear Arun,

As a father of two kids 7 and 8 years old, I would like to try Chessity with them. I just don't really get how to get to the children's games for them. Do I have to make separate accounts (with separate e-mail addresses)?
Btw they already know the moves and ca play a game, I just want them to get more enthusiastic about developing their chess in a playful manner.

Best regards,
Wilm
arunjchess 19:48 - 27 Dec 2015
Hey Wilm,
Thanks for your comment. I would suggest having separate accounts (yes, a separate email too) for your kids, because the system gathers all the data based on problems solved. This can be viewed in the coach tools - coach others (Your kids need to add you as their coach). Here's a related blog post, we wrote recently.
http://www.chessity.com/blog/901/How_to_run_a_virtual_chess_club_using_Chessity
The data is used by Chessity to create a personal profile based on the problems solved, and mistakes made. This should help you in finding out where each kid makes mistakes.

Children games: "Learning" section > "Beginner"
And "Gaming"

Children mode: After logging inside your account, you should go to "Account settings" and then click "Beginner mode" check box. Then hit "save"
This will load a much simplified user interface designed for kids. Coach accounts have special coach apps to do this for many students at once. I think you'll have to sign in your kids account, and make these changes one by one.

If you have any other question, feel free to message me. I just added you as a 'friend' here :)

All the best,
Arun



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