Monday, October 14, 2019

Fun Family Chess {review}

Fun Family Chess from Brain Blox


Chess is a well-known game, but it is also one that my family hadn't fully embraced, because I never knew how to play it.  Needing a solid way to teach myself and my kids, I was intrigued by Fun Family Chess from Brain Blox.

Fun Family Chess from Brain Blox

What is Fun Family Chess, you ask?  It is a family-friendly version of chess designed to teach chess incrementally in a fun way.  It is a color-colored, learn-as-you-go game for both kids and adults!  Essentially, it allows you to start with simplified rules, then transition right into the standard rules of chess.

The chess set itself is also kid-friendly, as it comes in a sturdy folding wooden chess board with clearly marked spaces.  This makes it easier for young children to remember how to set up the game!

Fun Family Chess from Brain Blox

Inside, you'll find everything you need to get started.

  • Two soft drawstring pouches to hold each set of pieces
  • 32 wooden chess pieces
  • Full color chess instruction booklet
  • Two color-coded reference cards
  • Color-coded chess cube

Fun Family Chess from Brain Blox

Instructions for the Fun Family Chess version are pretty straight-forward.  There is a chart that shows you how to set up your chess board, and instructions for how to play with the chess cube.  The cube has six sides with five color-coded chess pieces and a star.  The color-coded chess pieces correspond to the reference card, and rolling a star has its own rules of course.  Using a die helps beginners take a lot of the decision-making process out of the game at first, so they can learn the basic rules.

Fun Family Chess from Brain Blox

The Reference Card tells you how to move each piece, complete with a visual reference.  It also contains tidbits of information on the side, such as how the knight is the only piece that can jump over pieces.  My sister and my young-adult niece were visiting when this chess set arrived, and my niece started setting up to play with my kids.  Their family plays chess casually, and they thought the reference cards were a great inclusion!  Since there are two cards, each person, or team, gets their own card.

Fun Family Chess from Brain Blox

Once you get started with the Fun Family Chess version, you'll quickly learn how the pieces move.  I really think this approach is interesting, because it allows you to become familiar with how the pieces move and interact with each other in a low-key way.  Once you can quickly recall the basic rules, it is easy to transition to "real" chess and begin working on strategy!

Fun Family Chess from Brain Blox

The booklet teaches you how to go from these simplified rules to traditional chess rules, but the "fun" version does allow you to jump in without being intimidated, or to play quicker/simpler games with little ones.  In addition to this set, you can also find accompanying chess videos on their website.  It's a simple and fun way to get started with a good quality beginner's set that is great for young families and beginning chess players.  

Brain Blox makes it easy to learn to play chess, and you can find them online or check out more reviews for more information!


Fun Family Chess {Brain Blox Reviews}
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