In an age that seems convinced high tech is always better, it's nice to see such an intelligently low-tech approach to teaching the world's greatest board game. This is simply a standard plastic Staunton-style chess set--with one big difference. Each piece is marked with its name, its value, and the directions in which it can legally move when moving or taking. The large (2-inch), hollow pieces are lightweight and feel pretty flimsy, but in fact they're sturdy and their extra-wide bases give them the stability that small, clumsy fingers need. A folding board and instructions are included with the set. The instructions, unfortunately, are weak; they're best used as an aid to memory by someone who has already had the game explained.