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Sabrina Chevannes: Chess for Novices

This chess software DVD is for anyone who knows the rules of chess but would like to improve their game with some specific tactics and strategies. It builds on the basic principles of chess that should have already been learned; however, there is also an introductory chapter for those who may have gaps in this part of their foundation. The main part of the DVD is split into four chapters:

Opening - The general principles of the opening are discussed here. No specific opening repertoire is suggested but a guide of how to tackle any opening and come through the first stage of the game in a better position.

Middlegame - Some basic tactical devices are introduced such as the pin, fork, skewer and discovered attack. These devices are used throughout the levels of chess and even top Grandmaster games are won from a basic device as these.

Ending - The basic checkmating technique of the most common endings that occur in novice games are demonstrated here. These techniques are essential to master before continuing with more complex checkmates.

Test - The DVD finishes with a test chapter which consists of 20 exercises based on the information discussed throughout the DVD. Each exercise allows time for you to pause and calculate the answer before the answer is discussed. This DVD is a must for anyone who wants to improve their game, whether they are a junior or an adult. It can be for those who have just learned the moves or for those who have played for some time but want to consolidate their knowledge.

Video running time: 4 hours 15 min.

Sabrina Chevannes has over 13 years classroom teaching experience and is the director of a successful teaching agency in London called the Chevannes Chess Academy. She has over 300 students, including many national representatives. She is also still an active chess player and plays in the "England Ladies" team.

System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 1 Write a review.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Truly For Novices November 16, 2013
Reviewer: Timothy Darrough from Surprise, AZ United States  
I have had a issues with so called "beginner" videos that assume all kinds of concepts and jargon and race through the material. This DVD is truly for those that know the rules and little else. And yet it is suitable for adults. The speaker acts like an adult speaking to adults. No cartoon characters, sound effects or animations. The presentation is good. The board is large and the viewer has an overhead view of it. Everything is demonstrated on the board. It is interesting that it is packaged for the computer, since you don't get to do anything other than pause the video. There are a bunch of menus and buttons, but they don't seem to do anything. It's really best described as lecture. There is no hands on. However, there is a test at the end.

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