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If you have ever wanted to learn how to play chess then this game is one of the best ways to learn, it will cost you from £12.99 to £13.49 depending on where you buy it and you can buy it from Amazon, Ebay or and other toy shops, or online toy shops.
I taught my children to play chess when they we seven years old by buying them an electric chess board which you could play against the computer although it didn't explain the moves but used to speak out loud "illegal move" when you got things wrong, it wasn't long before my children picked up the game and now that they are older they can all play well.
This game however, is a lot better for explaining the game to a child and I bought the game to teach my grandchildren chess.
Unlike the electric chess board where you have to be sat with the child explaining the moves this game does it all for you, it comes with a booklet that explains the moves simply and lets you know what the pieces are and where they go on the board, but not only does it explain this the board itself has the clearly marked places of where each piece should go to set up the game.
Each square has details on where each piece can move and how they can take their opponents piece. The instrucrtions are clearly shown on the board so that the player can refer to the board if they get stuck or forget what piece goes where and how it can move on the board.
It also has the correct names and a picture of the pieces so you know which one you are playing.
It's quite a simple idea and has my grandchildren playing chess and learning the game, as you can hear then shouting "No you can't go there" or "thats wrong your cheating !"
It's nice to see two children getting on so well and playing board games not only does it helps them to bond, but it teaches them discipline to follow a game, tactics to win and gets then thinking of which move they are going for next.
I won't say this game is going to make them into chess champions but it has taught them the basics of the chess moves and they are getting better at the game.
I can now play with them as we take turns playing each other and we can play the game outside in the garden.
Once they have mastered the basics from this chess game I will buy them an electronic one so they can play against the computer on it, which is fun.
I like this game as it's simple to use and anyone can learn to play chess, before I started playing chess I used to think it was a boring game where you needed to know loads of moves to be able to win the game, but now that I play I enjoy the game and do get really competative.
I'd recommend the game to anyone who wants to learn to play chess it's easy to learn and suitable for all ages over six years.
When my daughter said she wanted to teach my nine year old granddaughter and her friend how to play chess I promised I'd have a look around the internet and see if I could find any books to help her teach a pair of nine year olds the complex rules of the game. I went one better however when I spotted this chess set on Amazon which is made by the For Dummies people and will supposedly help beginners learn to play.
The box comprises of an easy to read and understand instruction booklet giving the basics of a chess game in very simple English, a chess board and the 32 chess pieces needed to play the game.
The ingenious aspect of this particular chess set is that each square is clearly marked with details on where each piece can move and how they can capture, or take, an opponents piece. These instructions are set along the rows where the pieces start in the game so it's not like the entire board is overwhelmingly full of arrows and words, but it's easy for the beginner chess player to look at the piece she is holding and then check the corresponding square for instructions on how to use it. There's also a simple picture of the piece on each square, as well as the correct name for it which helps children (and even adults!) start to learn the correct terminology and recognise the pieces on sight.
My granddaughter and her friend were hooked from the very start and after several games over a few weeks are beginning to play a better and better game. The pieces themselves are made of a good quality chunky plastic which are comfortable to hold, they are not so tall that smaller children will not be able to see the board over them but are nevertheless substantial and this makes learning the rather adult orientated game seem more childlike and fun.
We have barely had to revert to the written instructions at all as the board tells the children everything they could want to know about the immediate game, my daughter has a glass chess set and she is planning on seeing how the girls' get on without the marked board. And when they've mastered that I've promised to use it to teach my cousin to play chess, he's 76 and has always wanted to learn to play but has what would today be classed as a type of autism which means he struggles to take long winded explanations. I believe this board would be ideal for him.
You can buy Chess For Dummies from Amazon for £13.89 which is expensive for a chess set granted, but this is so much more than this. It's a teaching aid which can be used for children aged from six years, the earlier they learn this challenging yet enjoyable game the better.
Start playing chess in minutes. The board has the instructions on how to move each piece. A game set that can train you to start playing chess in minutes.