Sunday, February 19, 2023

Children’s Chess Kit, By Creative Educational Aids - REVIEW

Nature/ Type:          Chess set + instruction booklet 

Rating:                     ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Recommended age:  7 year-old ++   

Who would love this: Beginners looking for an effective way to learn and kickstart their chess journey 

Hands up 🙌🏻 if you are a Queen’s Gambit fan like myself - the obsession, the thrill, the intensity, and of course, the glamorous fashion - what’s not to love? So when my six-year-old started to show interest in chess, I’m overjoyed 🤣. If you are looking for a beginner chess kit for your budding chess strategists, I highly recommend “Children’s Chess Kit” by Creative Educational Aids (kindly gifted to us by Divisible by Zero). 

Why I love ❤️ this set: 

(1) Learn (Or Relearn) Chess Rules - This kit includes everything one’s needs to kickstart the journey as a chess-player - a chess board, play pieces, and a 20-page “for dummies” style booklet about chess. I learned my chess-playing from obscure word-of-mouth before the internet era, so I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to relearn my skills from this handy guide! We read about the origin and history of chess (do you know that chess was first invented in India more than fourteen hundred years ago?), the right way to position the board (white square is always at the lower right corner), how to arrange the pieces (eg The Queen is always placed on the square of her colour), and how to move the pieces. The book also explains rules such as “Castling”, promotion of pawn, “check” / “check and mate” etc.

(2) Includes Useful Strategies - I love how the book goes beyond the “basic rules” and shares simple tactical moves, using step-by-step explanations accompanied by visually-clear illustrations. For example, given the importance to control the “four centre squares”, moving the Pawn in front of the King or Queen two spaces ahead are “good first move” that can pave the way to an attack strategy. The book also takes time to explain what players can expect in “The Opening”, “The Middle Game” and the “The End Game”. 

(3) Chess Board & Durable Box - The thick foldable chess board contains brief descriptions (on both ends) about how each pieces move. The plastic play pieces are not too bad as a first chess set for young kids, but it’s probably not the most long-lasting type (so get ready to invest in a better quality chess set once the kids get really into it). I also love the durable and large cardboard box that keeps everything in one place. 

# gifted in exchange for review 

Where to buy this: (Australia) 

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