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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.
With this revolutionary chess teacher, you'll be playing the world's greatest game in no time at all!.
From the Manufacturer
Finally, a way to learn chess without stress! The secret? An innovative deck of action cards. Each depicts a chess piece and how it moves. Once you become comfortable with the moves and powers of each chess piece, you can flip the two-sided board over and play standard chess. Includes rules for two variations of playing using the action cards, and all the necessary rules for standard chess.
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Top customer reviews
The game instructions explain three learning phases. Phase 1 is to draw one card each turn and move (if you can) the piece you see on the card. Phase 2 is to hold a hand of three cards and draw a new card each turn. This starts to introduce more choice into the game and open up possibilities for strategizing. Phase 3 is to hold a hand of five cards, opening up the possibilities even more. Eventually the learner graduates from using the cards at all to just playing regular chess.
Many other reviews of this product (especially the critical ones) are saying its taking a very short time for their kids to learn how the pieces move and then they just end up throwing out the cards and wishing they had bought a regular chess set instead. But when my kid graduates from the cards I fully plan to continue using the cards myself as a handicap. Let my kid apply whatever strategy he can come up with, but force myself down to his skill level by shoehorning myself into making the moves the cards tell me to make. As he gets more advanced and I need less handicapping, I'll graduate myself to the higher phases and start keeping a hand of 3 or 5 cards so I have more choices and can start applying more strategy.
I think it's brilliant how these phases help inexperienced users, but also effectively handicap more advanced players so less advanced players can actually hold their own in a game. I've owned this set all of two hours and played one game against a less experienced player who roundly annihilated me. I'm excited to use this set to teach my son one of my favorite games.
Because the cards dictate which piece has to be moved the young player is a bit on auto-pilot. They don't have to look at the board and 16 pieces and decide which one should go somewhere next. The card they draw tells them which piece to move. One guy was very aggressive, opening up on attack. The other was very defensive, making small and closed up moves. They began to see the larger picture, and after a few games they started to develop their own styles and really began to see how you attack and defend the king. It was actually pretty cool to see them "get" the point and flow of the game. We had great fun and made huge strides.
I was delighted. Both boys desperately wanted to play chess and I figured this game would do no harm and was no more expensive than a plain plastic set. I did not expect this to be so successful, both as a fun game and as a learning tool.
One suggestion. Early on a player may get a card for a piece that can't be moved. (Usually, a rook.) The "rules" dictate that the player must then skip his turn. This made no sense to me because losing a turn is a real disadvantage. We play that if you select a card for an unmovable player you select another card until you can move. That worked much better, and maintained the balance between the players.
Anyway, the upshot is that this really worked well for us and I enthusiastically recommend this as a solid introduction for youngsters curious about chess.
UPDATE. As of late summer the boys are now playing, quite well, without using the cards at all. This really just worked well beyond my expectations.