Chess is the ultimate board game. It has been played for over 1500 years and, thanks to the internet, is becoming more and more popular. People from all over the world meet online to enjoy chess – to play, to learn and to spectate major tournaments. With this DVD you can learn chess from scratch and join the world wide chess community. Daniel King, an experienced Grandmaster, teaches you in easy-to-follow videos all you need to get started: how to set up the board, how the pieces move and how to checkmate. After the basics, you’ll learn about the best way to begin the game, about the most common tactical motifs, and you’ll see how winning pieces can eventually help you to win a game. At the end of the course you can play through games by some of the world’s greatest chess players and learn from their strategies. The booklet which accompanies the DVD, gives you a quick reminder of all the rules, and some of the themes on the DVD. In addition it covers the history of the world chess championship – the ultimate prize in chess. If you want to play straight away, install the playchess.com software from the DVD. Playchess.com is the world’s largest chess server. You can meet people from every corner of the globe and play a game of chess online whenever you want.
Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, Windows 7 or 8.1, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation. Recommended: PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive and internet access for program activation.
Starting Chess is actually a set, consisting of both a three-hour DVD and a fifty-page booklet. The booklet is also available as a PDF file on the DVD. Either the booklet or the DVD can stand alone on their own merits as an introduction to chess for the beginning player. The material is not identical; the intent seems to be that the booklet can allow for a handy, quick review of the information provided at greater length in the DVD.
All you need to know to start:
Modern Chess training: