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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good entry point, but..., December 26, 2010
This review is from: No Stress Chess (Toy)
I just received this as a gift for my 5y.o. son. It seems like a good guide for teaching the basic moves of the pieces and for setting the board up. My son quickly memorized the order for the pieces on the board and has quickly caught on to how they move. For one that tends to not like to sit still I enjoy being urged to play a game. So this game has captured his imagination, or should I say it has placed it in check-mate? However, the game does fall short on teaching some of the finer points -- castling, en passant. The game also encourages too aggressive play with the king. It takes what is a game of skill and converts it into a game of luck.
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Initial post: Jun 22, 2012, 6:55:21 PM PDT
Chef Mom B says:
I completely agree. There is no way to actually LEARN chess (i.e. strategy or skill) unless from someone who knows how to play and is there instructing you as you go. The cards are good for learning what each piece does, and that is it.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012, 4:11:23 PM PST
Nicole says:
The game has "levels"- level 1 is heavily a game of chance, but level 2 and 3 incorporate holding three or five cards and choosing amongst those cards for which piece to move. This encourages more strategy.

Definitely not the be all and end all of learning chess, but it definitely gives a kid (or adult!) a chance to get comfortable with the game.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013, 5:37:37 PM PDT
sweetpotato says:
I don't think that the intent of this game is to teach the finer points of chess. It's to catch and keep the attention of youngsters so that they can learn the basic moves. My 7 year old played 3 times then moved right on to a 'real' chess board. And if others need to stay with it longer, so be it. Still a better learning experience than candy land. And if you average out my sons 3 play times to cost, it's worth every penny!

Posted on Jun 1, 2014, 12:22:11 PM PDT
Ron Ayoub says:
To criticize a game for missing the finer points - it seems as though you missed a major point clearly evident to anyone considering this game. The intent is to teach chess so that you can then move on. In addition, it allows for progression towards that end by varying the number of cards you're pulling.
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