As a reviewer for the Schoolhouse Review Crew, we have seen some amazing products from generous vendors for sure. The Starter Chess Learning Kit from Chess House snagged our attention immediately. I was thrilled when we were chosen for the review. As reviewers, we agree to use the product quickly, and continue to use it for the duration of the review period. This is the first time I was bummed about our review requirements, I sure would have liked to save this product for December Birthdays and Christmas! It felt like Christmas when my youngest son opened the package.
We received a Starter Chess Learning Kit with a retail value of $39.95 that included:
Jon immediately set up the playing board in the dining room and played every member of the household. And won. The next day, he wanted to “act like one of those old men in the park and play chess at a picnic table”. He generated quite a buzz with his friends as he put out all of the playing pieces. He went on to capture every opponent’s king, player after player.
I was not discouraged. The package came with Elliot’s Chess School DVD one ‘Pawn level’ . I watched the video in hopes of getting a bit ahead of Jon’s skills. I was not disappointed.
We listened to 10 segments of video. Starting with the Intro to Chess, then showing us through Pawn, Knight, Bishop, Rook, Queen and King. We then watched Castling, Pawn Shields and Development.
I learned that the pieces have points. I’m not sure how I missed that before. We were aware of how each square of the board has a name, like H1 or F7, and how to set up the pieces properly.
After each segment of the Video – there is a handy printed guide for activities. There are games to play to practice each new skill. Some are two player, some can be played solitaire style.
Below are a few pics of the practice outside.
On this challenge, you want to move the rook to capture each pawn, thinking through the moves that the pawn could capture the rook. Can you do it in 12 moves?