No, I didn't Forget.
A Promise is a Promise

Do you remember that I promised to give you one of my sets, if you promised to send me a picture of the one you design? So here's mine for you to cut out. But remember our agreement: you can't cut it out until you send me a picture of yours. Oh, com'on now, a promise is a promise.
Take a look at my set. Tell me, what do the designs mean? What do they stand for? I find it interesting that many have trouble figuring them out. For instance, let me tell you about my good friend, Ashok. (Don't tell him I told you about him.)

Ashok is a brilliant chess player; he has won tournaments, and he has some important title in the world of chess -- something like "Master." He couldn't figure it out. I had fun watching his face scrunch up from trying. I guess that's what happens to some of those who used to be six years old.

Chess board
All of you who are six years old figure it out in no time at all. Right? The designs show how the pieces move. So for example:
King
The King moves one box at a time in any direction.
Queen
The Queen moves as many boxes as she wants in any direction.
Bishop
The Bishops move as many boxes as they want, but only diagonally.
Knight
The Knights move two boxes ahead and then one to the side, beginning in any direction.
Rook
The Rooks move as many boxes as they want, but only up or down, that's vertically or horizontally, not diagonally.
Pawn
The Pawns can only move forward, never backward, and only one box at a time, but they move diagonally to take a bad guy.
Now you're ready to print and cut out the set on the next page. First, you may want to paste the page onto a piece of cardboard, so it will be easier for you to move the pieces after they're cut out. Then, you may want to ask your mommy or your daddy to help you use a razor blade to cut along the lines. If your parents are busy, be sure another adult you know helps you use the razor blade.

I've included a board. Here, too, you may want to paste it onto a piece of cardboard. (By the way, I glued my pieces onto magnets and used a piece of metal for the board. You may want to do the same.)

Now all that's left to do is to ask the Oncle Léon in your life to teach you how to play the way mine taught me. Merci, mon Oncle.

Have fun

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