Discovering Chess Land

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.