Discovering Chess Land

Activities for developing logic and linguistic skills

Francesca Addarii, Elisabetta Ciracò, Ketty Polo

Product: Book

Trim size in cm: 21x29,7cm

Pages: 64

ISBN: 978-88-590-2017-2

Publication date: 01/01/2020

Suitable for: Primary 1st level (ages 6-7), Primary 2nd level (ages 8-10)


A fun workbook created for children ages 7 and up.  By following the adventures of Alfio and Ginevra, and solving problems and completing activities, they will learn the rules of the game of chess.

Together with Alfio and Ginevra, children will be able to discover the ancient Chess Land! In this way they can learn the special characteristics of each of its inhabitants: Pawns, Rooks, Knights, Bishops, Kings and Queens. By writing, drawing and counting, they will discover the rules of a timeless game.

A book which provides a fun approach to chess that can be used independently or with adult supervision, with 60 cards containing:

  • language activities

  • logical and mathematical exercises

  • strategy games.

To learn while having fun!

Discovering Chess Land

Logic games and exercises for learning through chess

Francesca Addarii, Elisabetta Ciracò and Kerry Polo


A book dedicated to children ages 6 to 8, to bring them closer to the game of chess by way of fun activities in the areas of logic, mathematics, and language.


Integrating the game of chess with teaching would allow children to reap not only cognitive benefits, but also social and ethical ones too, including the areas of affection and emotion.  Particularly for the 6-8 age group, the game of chess represents an opportunity for children to actively learn and enhance cognitive, memory, social, logical and motor skills. In fact, the game of chess allows for work on the refinement of skills such as intuition, managerial ability, acceptance of one's limits, respect for rules, respect for others, and patience, providing children with precious opportunities to get to know each other better and learn to manage their emotions in a functional way  in the school environment.

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Discovering Chess Land proposes:

a comic-style story with Alfio, and Ginevra, as the main characters, along with a kind custodian who accompanies the children on their adventurous journey;

a numerous worksheets with strategy games, linguistic activities, and logic and mathematics exercises;

a detachable chess board and 32 pieces to cut out and keep while reading (on the back of the chess board you can find a summary of the main moves for each chess piece)


Each worksheet in the book is marked with one or more symbols, according to which the children will have to:




By completing the proposed activities, the children will learn to recognize the main characteristics of the chess pieces (Pawns, Rooks, Knights, Bishops, King and Queen) as well as the fundamental rules of the game, summarized at the end of every chapter in Alfio and Ginevra’s diary.

Leaf through some selected pages from the book that have been translated into English to facilitate your evaluation:


Francesca Addarii graduated in School and Community Psychology at the Alma Mater University of Bologna with the thesis Playing on the giant chessboard: the playful method for promoting development and well-being at school. She has curated two series of books for the accompaniment of children and young people with oncological pathologies.

Elisabetta Ciracò is a childhood and adolescent psychologist and psychotherapist.  She has worked for ten years in the field of Child Neuropsychiatry, in Family Consultants and in the SerT. Since 2000, she has worked as a freelancer and is a contract professor at the Alma Mater University of Bologna.

Ketty Polo graduated in Clinical Psychology at the Alma Mater University of Bologna with a thesis entitled Chess: Is it just a game?  She has worked with children and adolescents with autism and as a support worker for seniors.  She currently provides remedial support and assistance in primary school.