The Think Like A King Family Package
by David MacEnulty and GM Miron Sher
Great value for families with several chess players at different levels or players who want to grow their chess knowledge. One CD contains a complete chess library that includes First Lessons and all six Chess Workouts (Listed below). The Family Package takes you from novice chess player to a USCF rating of 1600-1900 and is suitable for adults as well as children!
First Lessons in Chess
A perfect way for reading-aged children grade 3 and up (or their parents!) to get started in chess. First Lessons is for players new to chess, whether young or old. Covering all the basic rules and moves, chess notation, opening strategy, tactics and common endgame scenarios, this introduction to the Think Like A King learning series contains dozens of animations, challenges and 165 interactive chess puzzles that make learning a snap.
Tactical Thinking Chess Workouts Vol. 1... David MacEnulty
Master basic tactical concepts with an interactive tutorial designed to help players recognize strategic and tactical opportunities. From Pins to Forks and Skewers, Undermining to Overworking, basic tactical thinking is clearly defined and demonstrated via interactive puzzles. Simple text explanations and minimal reliance on chess notation make this a perfect teaching tool for beginning students.
Checkmate Thinking Chess Workouts Vol. 2... David MacEnulty
Apply the tactical lessons learned above and add the next level of thinking - pattern recognition and combination attacks - to pursue the ultimate goal: Checkmate. Over 300 interactive checkmate problems that transform beginners into real chess thinkers!
Endgame Thinking Chess Workouts Vol. 3... David MacEnulty
It may all come down to the Endgame, and here's where beginners have the most trouble. A course on the science of the end of the game, where clear thinking and careful play are critical. Learn the tactics of Pawn Promotion and the rules that let you create a winning position - or prevent your opponent from gaining one!
Opening Thinking Chess Workouts Vol. 4... David MacEnulty
A truly unique learning tool that explores the why and not just the how of opening play. Covering the common openings and variants, with Traps, Zaps and more.
More Tactical Thinking Chess Workouts Vol. 5... David MacEnulty and GM Miron Sher
Internationally acclaimed player and coach, GM Miron Sher, joins David MacEnulty as co-author of the second volume on tactics and strategy. This follow up to Vol. 1, Tactical Thinking, explores the use of all the important chess tactics in more complex positions. Intermediate players learn how to launch attacks over several moves, and gain material or positional advantage via the use of sophisticated tactical ploys.
More Checkmate Thinking Chess Workouts Vol. 6... David MacEnulty and GM Miron Sher
Follow up to Vol. 2, Checkmate Thinking. Using the same techniques of checkmate pattern recognition and attacks organized by piece combinations, players learn to recognize and execute their checkmate opportunities in more difficult situations. Over 300 puzzles with mate in two, three or more moves are used to teach intermediate players.
Unlike printed chess books which are often too tedious for kids to follow, the fully interactive Chess Workouts are totally engrossing. Users move the pieces on screen to solve problems, while engaging text explanations make the game come alive and provide students with instant feedback on their thinking.
Students are rewarded with 'Workout Points' for their effort and knowledge as they move through each tutorial, learning their way up our Thinking Belt ladder until they've achieved a Black Belt - in Thinking! The Think Like A King system even allows work at home [in the form of a 'Score Report'] to be e-mailed back to the coach if your school has a chess club.
The Workouts are like having a private chess coach available anytime, anywhere ready to explain even the most complex ideas in a simple and engaging format. In fact, these may be the first chess 'books' that most kids read 'cover to cover'.
The Chess Workouts:
They take the work out of learning chess.
Chess Workouts screens 1 and 2 illustrate a sample problem from Tactical Thinking, our tutorial for beginners that helps them make the transition from novices to chess thinkers. Note how the Chess Workouts are not just about chess - we introduce new vocabulary words and constantly use humor to reinforce the idea that better thinkers win!
Think Like A King Version 2.5 CDs contain software for Windows 95 through Windows 7 and Mac OS X. Requires 50 MB disk space. Network version for Windows only. Chess Club Manager and Chess Workouts School Edition usable on standalone PC/Mac or Windows server
Audience: First Lessons and Chess Workouts Vols. 1 & 2: Grade 3 & up readers (or younger, working with parents). Chess Workouts Vols. 3 - 6: Grade 4 & up readers.
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