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Wonder Chess Deluxe


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  • ASIN: B000BSXX6O
  • Item model number: 1008
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,473 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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No family room would be complete without this handsome Deluxe Edition of our multi-award winning flagship product WonderChess. The Deluxe Edition comes with extra WonderRewards Cards, extra WonderFillers, and a double-strength chessboard. For ages 4 to 104. 2 players required.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura M. on March 16, 2006
I first bought WonderChess for my 6yr old daughter and now we love it so much, I buy it as birthday presents for other children.

The entire concept is very creative, plus the box is nicely designed and very sturdy.

We enjoyed the "cheer word" stickers (e.g. "way to go") which come with the kit that you can hide inside the chess pieces.

At first we thought the prize area inside the pieces was too small to hold candy, but then found that small treats like Mini M&Ms or TicTacs in the Pawns and jelly beans in the larger pieces worked just fine. Actually, my daughter's favorite treat to use in the pawns is sunflower seeds. As a parent, keeping the treats small and healthy is an advantage.

Plus, we vary the prizes by hiding candies or seeds in some pieces and stickers in others so you never know what you'll discover when opening up the piece you've captured. Now my 4-year old daughter (she and I play as a team) loves to win the stickers, which she immediately applies all over her hands and face.

I was also impressed by the 10-lesson book - it is complete, wonderfully illustrated, and easy to follow! I didn't remember the various strategies from when I learned to play as a young adult, so the book was a good refresher for me.

For anyone looking for an educational game that is also lots of fun, try WonderChess.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frenchie on June 26, 2011
I first bought "Quick Chess", but as a complete chess neophyte, found myself puzzled as to how to teach my daughter, due to lack of directions. "Wonder Chess" was my second purchase, and it is just right. The manual and lesson plans make the difference: they are well broken down, the examples are easy to understand and well thought out. The pieces are plastic but have a nice feel as well. This is just right
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We got Wonder Chess when my youngest was a preschooler and I would highly recommend this set to anyone who has a very young child learning chess. This set sparked my child's interest enough to learn the fundamentals of the game with ease. It really does make chess fun and rewarding until a child learns the game, by which I mean how pieces move and take other pieces. My older child, at six, now plays with a regular chess set, but we are now teaching our 3 year old with this set. It is true that there is a point where you do need to wean your child onto "real" chess, where the object isn't taking pieces by checkmating. Still, it takes quite some time before a child is at the point and in the meantime, this game can help get a young child playing chess.

As for the prizes, the chess pieces are small. Fortunately, my children have been quite happy with stickers. If you go to an office supply shop, you can get all sorts of fun, small, circular reward stickers in variety packs. Take these and cut a bunch out and store in a ziplock. You can also get some larger colored circle stickers to stick the little stickers on, which makes a "fancier" sticker for kings and queens. If you just use stickers, kids are happy. You can give them a piece of colored paper or board with their name on it, and they can fill it up with their rewards. Another thing you can do for important pieces is make a scroll with a prize written on it (like a movie night, popcorn, crayons, book) and have the prize or activity ready.

Tic Tacs, Mini M&Ms, Jelly Bellys, chocolate colored sunflower seeds and Sparx (xylitol) candies have been other things we've used with success. We eat candy very sparingly in my house, but I don't have a problem with using them as treats in these pieces.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Software Engineer on January 28, 2010
This is a cheap, nasty hollow chess set inside which you can hide tiny objects. This is supposed to encourage children to play chess because each time they take an opponent's piece they obtain the contents. The creators try to get around the fact that taking as many pieces as possible is not the point of the game simply by saying you should hide the most desirable tiny object inside the king.

As for the booklet, it consists of a skimpy review of each chess piece, with diagrams cluttered by an over-complicated system of symbols, including *seven* different graphic symbols for the 'WonderFillers' - these being three different stickers and four differently patterned jelly beans.

That's all there is to it. The whole thing seemed asinine.

Get No Stress Chess instead, it is cleverly designed and my five-year-old daughter and I play it very happily; without stickers or junk food.
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