« Bello Games Double Twelve Mexican Train Dominoes with Engraved Dots Original Harry Potter Chess Set from Sorcerer’s Stone Film Release in 2002 » 3 thoughts on “No Stress Chess” 614 of 624 people found the following review helpful A four year-old plays chess?, January 10, 2007 By Thom Shanken (Waterloo, NY USA) – This review is from: No Stress Chess (Toy) I love my 4 year-old daughter more than I can say but, in all honesty, she’s no chess prodigy. 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! Accordingly, there is “no stress” in placing an unprotected queen next to your opponent’s king unless, of course, your opponent proceeds to draw a “king” card. Once this basic form of the game is mastered (referred to as “Level One”), players may progress to the next level. In “Level Two” each player is dealt 3 cards at a time and may choose which of those cards they wish to play for their move. In “Level Three” each player is dealt 5 cards. Finally, the instructions suggest an “Advanced Game” where the rules of pawn promotion, castling, checking, and en passant are employed. In addition to the playing cards a two-sided board is included. The squares on one side of the board show how to set up the game, with the name and picture of each piece on their appropriate square. The included plastic chess pieces are “heavy-duty” and virtually indestructible (with the noteworthy exception of the cross on top of the king). Lastly, in addition to the rules and variations of “No Stress Chess,” a very adequate explanation of “Standard Chess Rules” and basic strategy are provided. Okay, back to the title of my review…much to my amazement, I have a 4 year-old who moves her knight around the board like a seasoned grand master. What more can I say? — Thom Shanken 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (12) Reply 279 of 284 people found the following review helpful Ages 7 and WAY up!!!, March 5, 2006 By Aunt Cynthia – = Durability: = Fun: = Educational: This review is from: No Stress Chess (Toy) I am 51 years old. This afternoon, after my 19-year-old finished a game of “real” chess with his 6-year-old cousin, Cousin’s twin sister challenged me to a game. “Sorry, sweetie,” I said. “I don’t know how to play chess.” “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! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (4) Reply 189 of 198 people found the following review helpful Fantastic Set for New & Intermediate Chess Players, September 4, 2006 By My kids’ mom (Northern Virginia) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: No Stress Chess (Toy) My son received this for his 6th birthday, and didn’t want to stop playing it the next day, even to go to his party! He had been learning some basics of Chess but was not able to really play. This game uses cards that tell you which piece to move, so even children (and adults) who have never played the game can jump right in. The moves for each piece are on the card. You have to move the piece shown if you can, but you decide which/how. It really changes the game since being in check does not apply — even if you can threaten your opponent’s piece, you can’t necessarily get it on your next turn. There are also a few cards that let you move your choice of either of the last two cards shown, which is helpful if you just got in a position to strike! One side of the board shows where the pieces go and the other is a standard chess board so when your child is comfortable, he can play the ‘regular’ way. We love both ways! My son actually began playing ‘real’ Chess after only a few weeks. I think this is the best possible way to teach Chess quickly and accurately, and as an experienced player, I really enjoy the game with the cards too — it is faster and more of a game of chance, but still fun! Definitely pick this up for anyone learning or previously intimidated by Chess. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (2) Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.