This animated instructional chess DVD is being distributed to libraries across the United States in the past few years. It is the best-selling chess DVD worldwide and it is a perfect tool to teach young children chess. Captions in English, Spanish, French and German are available. Here is the latest review by Sean Marsh in the UK:
Learn Chess in 30 Minutes
Chess for Absolute Beginners
By GM Susan PolgarChess on DVD
Small sample clips are available here: http://polgarchess.com/products/810.php
This DVD runs for 80 minutes and is split into several chapters. Namely:Chess History GM Polgar and FM Paul Truong narrate a brief history of chess, showing some historical archive material from the World Chess Hall of Fame in Florida. One of the features on show is a table used in the Fischer v Spassky match; another is a magnificent display covering the life of GM Polgar herself.
The Queen of Chess
The full tale of GM Susan Polgar’s remarkable life and chess achievements could, of course, fill several DVDs. This is a neat little summary of her story so far.
Excel Through Chess
This short section looks at the benefits of chess for children. A number of brief interview snippets with juniors all reveal a positive attitude and an enjoyment of chess competitions. The importance of a sporting attitude is highlighted too. This is summed up by GM Polgar with one of her favourite phrases: ‘Win with grace, lose with dignity’.
Let’s Learn Chess
When it comes to teaching the actual chess, Susan is helped by her friends ‘Champion’ and ‘King Harold‘, two animated characters; one is a horse, the other a King. The graphics are great and clearly designed to be attractive to children.
Let’s Play Chess
Fine Tune Your Game
Basic Tricks and Advice
Captures in One Move
Checkmates in One Move
Chess Terms and Notation
This is an excellent DVD package and one which should prove especially useful to junior novices and their parents. ‘Fun Facts’ pop up throughout the lessons and the bite-sized chunks keep the presenation fresh and interesting.
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