New Book Trailer Is Here!

For the last few years, Bill Kilpatrick and I have been working on a book project, which is quite near and dear to my heart. Chess Is Child’s Play – Teaching Techniques That Work is a book that will teach parents, guardians and educators to teach young children to play chess, even if they don’t know how to play the game themselves!  We are pleased to present the brand new book trailer for our book!


Ever since I was a young child, I wanted to help people learn to play chess and achieve the benefits one can gain from the game.

When my husband and I started Your Chess Coach, our chess instruction business, we quickly realized that children naturally love chess. Their eyes sparkle at the idea of learning to play.

However, we discovered that many parents are intimidated by the game. It seems there is a rumor that one must be a MENSA genius to even own a chess set! This is simply not true.

A number of parents have confided in me over the years that they did try to learn the game, but found the little single page inserts that come with many chess sets confusing (some even have errors). They were also put off by the small diagrams in various “beginner” books at their local stores. They wanted to learn, but had no resources.

When I was pregnant with my second child, I started teaching some of the moms and dads of my students to play, offering them a free lesson if we were teaching their child. We’d often meet up at Starbucks and all I’d ask was for a cup of coffee and a scone (I’d get hungry when I was pregnant).

The tradition stuck and I continued to offer parents my “coffee and a scone” deal. I’d use the same techniques with their children, teaching them in a very step-by-step way. Quite a few let me know that they felt relieved at realizing that they could indeed learn the game. They were happy they could now play a game with their child!

Bill and I created Chess Is Child’s Play with teaching techniques that any parent can apply with their young child. We hope you enjoy this trailer and share it with your friends!

Laura Sherman (119 Posts)

Laura Sherman, a.k.a. “Laura the Friendly Ghostwriter,” is a professional ghostwriter and author. She enjoys writing fiction and nonfiction and is happiest when juggling multiple projects. She recently authored “Chess Is Child’s Play” to introduce the next generation to the game of kings and queens. As a parent of three, and one of the top 50 women chess players in the United States, Laura wrote this book to teach any parent to teach any child, of any age, to play chess.