The program is not grandmaster level, but it is not a push over either; it will punish you if you slip up. The manual is very nice with some diagrams on how the pieces move as well as some tutorials and some beginner games that help learn peace movements. Overall a nice set for beginners of all ages. I wanted one with notation, one that could fold up with all the pieces inside of it, and one where the pieces weren't plastic. The chess function has many different features levels, time settings, exercises, etc. I haven't read book 2 that comes with the set yet, but I think it explains more about strategy. I bought this to play with my visitors sometimes when they come over.