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- CHESS IN SMALL STEPS: Finally, learn chess without stress! The secret? An innovative deck of action cards with moves determined by random draws.
- LET'S PLAY: Player with white pieces begins the game by drawing a card. Move the piece indicated by the card any way you want - as long as it's within that pieces abilities.
- LET'S MOVE: Can your opponent's card play his rook and take your queen? Beginners learn rules and movements of chess, yet fun for advanced players too.
- WHAT WE INCLUDE: 2 sided chess board, 16 black pieces and 16 ivory pieces, 56 action cards, black plastic card tray and instructions. Age 7+
- STANDARD CHESS: Once you're comfortable with the moves and powers of each chess piece, you can flip the two-sided board over and play standard chess.
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Winning Moves Games
No Stress Chess
Play the worlds greatest game instantly
Winning Moves Games is proud to present 'No Stress Chess', a game that will help you learn the world’s greatest game – Chess. You can play instantly because the special game board guides you to set up your pieces and each card in the innovative deck shows you how to move the piece it pictures. You just set the pieces on the board, shuffle the deck, and begin to play! No Stress Chess teaches players the moves of all the Chess pieces. The game is played on a regulation Chess board, but doesn’t require the movement knowledge or planning of Standard Chess. No Stress Chess can be played at several levels of difficulty, gradually introducing players to Standard Chess in incremental steps. When you’re ready, just flip the board to its Standard Chess board side and play the authentic 'king of games'.
Contents include two sets of Standard Chess pieces (one white, one black), a two sided chess board, a deck of 56 action cards and a black plastic card tray. Most action cards identify which piece to move and how to move it.
Players alternate (first white) turning over the top card on the draw pile and placing it face up on their discard pile. Next move a piece of the type identified and pictured on this card. The card always explains how you can move this type of piece. Most pieces can be moved one or more spaces along a straight line.
Among games, Chess has probably inspired more study than any other. Hundreds of books have been published about its strategy.
Top Customer Reviews
Daddy has all these different chess sets around the house, so that's where the interest began (an interest I was more than happy to encourage). We made a game of learning the names of the various pieces and how to set up the board. I thought our next step would involve learning how the pieces move and maybe even playing 'games' with some of the pieces' movements (bishops and rooks versus bishop and rooks, etc.), it was then that we discovered "No Stress Chess."
What the folks at Winning Moves Games have provided is something you'd imagine some clever teacher would have thought of centuries ago, namely; drawing from a shuffled deck of cards to determine which chess piece is to be moved.
Players draw from a face-down pile of 56 cards which each show a picture, the name, and movement of a particular chess piece; if they are able to move that piece, that is what they must do. The card is then placed face-up on their discard pile (each player has their own separate discard pile). In addition to 'chess piece movement' cards, there are also 'move same type of piece again' cards; this card allows the player to move the same type of piece last moved by themselves or their opponent. Believe it or not, that's just about all there is to it!
Needless to say (if you already know how to play chess), the game that results from this type of play is a whole different experience, for the most part based on the luck of the draw. There is no such thing as being in "check," and a "checkmate" is achieved by actually taking your opponent's king!Read more ›
"But, Aunt Cynthia," she said, "It's No-Stress Chess. You don't have to know how!"
"But chess is very confusing to my poor brain, dear," I told her.
She sighed and said, very patiently, "But it is NO STRESS. I can teach you!"
Far be it from me to let down my niece! With a little bit of encouragement from my sister, the next thing I knew, I was sitting on the floor (more comfortably than I have in years!), taking instruction in No-Stress Chess.
Long story short -- I am buying this game! Within 10 minutes, I had overcome the long-ago trauma of my one and only chess lesson (35 years ago), and I was getting the hang of which pieces moved which directions and how far. My niece did win, but not by much, and not because I let her -- she's just had more practice! By the next time we visit, in a couple of weeks, I intend to be able to play her to a draw, and maybe by our birthdays this summer, I'll be able to play "real" chess! This is not a "dumbed down kids' game" -- it's a super teaching tool, and I highly recommend it!
I read the other review about how a 4 year old learned to play chess with this set, and was a bit skeptical. But, we put this on our child's wishlist, and a relative got it for 4th birthday. Sure enough, our child can now can play chess without the cards. It started about two weeks into playing, where our child wanted to move a piece other than the card drawn. Knew that the other piece would be a better move! We started phasing the cards out as noted below.
I still haven't taught en passant, but otherwise, playing full on chess. Not bad for four and a half! Yup, it's been six months and still plays. Asking *me* if I'd like to play it when I get home, not the other way around. Our games can take up to an hour to play. This is teaching great concentration skills, patience, and strategy!
Now, about once every other game, I get one of my pieces captured that I did not expect! Time for me to work on my game now!
Here's the review on the product itself:
Makes it easy to teach anyone chess! This is perhaps the easiest way to learn the basics of the game! The only problem I face now is trying to find a book on deeper concepts written for four year olds (forks, pins, basic strategies). I remember one that was good for 7 to 10 year olds written years ago when I was in middle school, but can't find it anywhere.
Could be better. They should make a deluxe set with higher quality materials.
We both love the two sided board. One side shows where the pieces go, and suggest some opening moves. The other side is a normal board, which we now use. The board itself is a bit flimsy, but that's not my main complaint.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This chess game is great for introducing a beginner to the game of Chess. It will help familiarize the beginner to legal moves made by each piece but without worrying about a wrong... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Tracy Jorgensen
A great way to learn to play chess--and not intimidating for younger kids.Published 6 days ago by JetBlueCatMom
I started to teach my 6 year old on my own to play the game but was running into some obstacles when I tried to clearly explain the game. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Liberty76
Best game to teach someone. once your done , you can actually pay it forward. great learning tool. I was able to figure out that my son was a little cheater-pants !Published 7 days ago by JJJ loves amazon
I bought this from Amazon in February prior to my daughters 5th birthday. She as and my 7 year old son learned the game quickly using the cards. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
My 6 year old tried to play chess on a tablet so I got this for her. She really likes to play. Great for new players that want to learn.Published 18 days ago by Juston B.
I was trying to find something to challenge my 6 year old and this was it. The cards make this game stress free, especially since I didn't know ow to play.. Read morePublished 19 days ago by MamaGreen