While I won more games overall than my hubby did this time, I think we both were the champions for this trip - we were both winners. You see, we 'taught ourselves' how to play chess! Well, we didn't totally teach ourselves, we did have some help in the form of this game that my husband bought a few months ago . . .
No Stress Chess by Winning Moves is a great way to learn to play chess! It comes with a chess board, all the pieces, and a set of cards that teach you what each piece can and cannot do. The instructions are simple, and easy to read, as you can see hubby doing here . . .
The board is two sided, and on one side it shows where each piece goes, and how the pawns can be moved either one or two spaces forward.
There are cards for each piece, and it tells exactly what each piece can or cannot do in play. You begin playing with the cards, each player drawing one card per move. We only used the cards three times, then checked back with them a few times to clarify points. But they made the learning curve very easy!
There is one extra card, and it tells you that you can move either of the two cards used last. It just adds a little something extra to the game.
And before long you totally give up the cards, and move to phase two. Within 3-4 games we were playing according to the phase two instructions, and we are about ready to move to the final, real world rules. And we only started playing last Friday!!! And in only 5 days!