Tales from the Kingdom of Chess. Using the 2 captivating books included in CHESS: Once a Pawn a Time, children truly enjoy learning and playing chess. The charming chess characters and story-book style engages them in the game. Book 1 introduces beginners to chess moves while Book 2 advances playing skills by exploring the strengths and weaknesses of each piece. This imaginative approach to teaching chess was developed by author Patzi Stewart over her 20 years as a chess teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. Chess board and chess pieces also included.