byPatrick Woolf The training material consists of seven colorful books, clearly designed and written for young children who are just learning to play chess. The titles of the books are:
- Chess 911
- The Chess S.W.A.T. Team, Assignment Book
- The Chess S.W.A.T. Team, Map Book
- Is There Any Escape?
- Roundup at the KR Corral
- Unmask the Impostor! Whodunnit?
The books come with a flyer that explains the chess exercises in this Level 1 material are intended for students who already: know how chessmen move and how to make captures; understand basic chess concepts such as a check, checkmate, stalemate, and castling; have played at least a few full games of chess; and are familiar with the basic idea of how squares on a chessboard can be identified by using letters and numbers.The same flyer tells us that the chess exercises in this Level 1 material are designed to help students to practice these skills: recognizing key patterns -- checks, checkmates, stalemates, pins, forks, skewers; using a king and rook to give checkmate; identifying strong and weak opening moves; recognizing positions that are checkmate, stalemate, or neither; systematically looking for the three ways to get out of check; and using basic chess notation skills.