Chess Starts Here VHS
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(Mar 23, 1998)
Private chess lessons from the real characters in "Searching for Bobby Fischer"
A faster way to learn chess than any book... -- Library Journal, April 1998
The best introductory chess video there is. -- Billboard, February 1998
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Once I put the video in the player, I thought the content was first rate. The two men "teaching" on the video were superb. My five year old even enjoyed watching them.
The biggest downside, however, is that in their rush to save a buck, the company that did such a poor job making this copy forgot to remove the tabs from the Fuji T-60 videotape. We rewound the video and left it in the VCR with the intention of viewing it again after dinner. Well, someone sat on the remote or something and the Record button was pushed. We now have a very expensive tape of whatever it was that was on tv at the time.
I paid for a professional product and I was given a poorly made copy. I believe that the customer should at least be warned that the videos are copies and not originals. And the least they could have done was remove the tabs so they can't be taped over!
Many of the books are either too simple or too difficult. Most of the computer software is much too difficult to beat (even on simple levels) and / or does not have adequate training abilities (if they have any at all). Some of the now-obsolete dedicated handhelds or tabletops with 64 LEDs would be ideal, but they are hard to find. The next stop was videos.
One of the great things about videos (or personal training from chess coaches) is that someone else is doing the coaching. The good part is NOT that someone ELSE is doing it, but the fact that almost all kids are quick to believe anyone else but their parents are the experts (i.e., parents know nothing, but for some mysterious reason, someone else's parents know everything).
In this case, the chess coaches are great. They are the "real deal" behind the excellent movie "Searching for Bobby Fischer". That alone is a great draw for this video. The fact that the wise-old-master and the young-tiger both do very well is an added bonus.
My son greatly improved his knowledge in just one viewing. His "chess vision" is already a leap ahead of where he was just before seeing the video. Probably the best thing taught in the video is Josh reinforcing the idea of not to react in fear -- take a deep breath and look for a good move, better moves and then find the best move. Don't react in fear. My son got that point and I was pleased.
Overall, I am very happy with this video and recommend it to all beginning players. Even more advanced players will like Bruce and Josh giving a "personal" lesson.