Hopefully you had a chance to take advantage of our Back to School sale last week so you could get all of your chess supplies ready for the new school year. Whether you're a chess parent, player, teacher, club member, or tournament director, you need to make sure you have all of the supplies you need before you do anything else. If you missed our sale, don't worry; we usually have a 10% sale that can help you find affordable chess gear.
Once you've got everything ready, you need to take a step back and analyze where you are. If you're a teacher or club director, you're going to want to get a lesson plan ready for teaching. We have a couple of books we recommend for doing just that, depending on what your situation is.
For younger kids, we love Coach Jay's Chess Academy. This is a series of books that includes both lesson plans and puzzle packs to get you and your students started. These start at 0-300 ratings.
Dave Schloss offers help with his Chess 101 series. These books help you learn the basics at your level.
We also recommend the excellent math-based curriculum in Teaching Chess in the 21st Century by Todd Bardwick.
And, of course, we recommend you get your own copy of the Official Rules of Chess. It always helps to have a firm foundation of the rules before you begin teaching! It's also great to have if any unusual questions arise.
Visit our Books for Teaching page and get ready for a great year of chess!