Learn to Play Chess with Fritz and Chesster
- In the award-winning LEARN TO PLAY CHESS, you'll explore a collection of arcade style games that explain everything from chess basics to master strategies, then go exercise your new skills in the Intelligym.
- KING FOR A DAY! When the king and queen go on vacation, young Fritz is left in charge of the castle. As he explores his surroundings, he'll learn all about chess, from the basics to advanced strategies -- and so will you!
- Discover a variety of great arcade-style games that introduce chess fundamentals and advanced concepts.
- Promotion of memory, math, verbal reasoning as well as the development of critical thinking, creative thinking, and socialization skills are among the many benefits of playing the sport of kings.
- Along the way, you'll meet an amusing cast of characters that make learning the game engaging and fun. Recommended for boys and girls ages 8 and up.
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Top Customer Reviews
Combination of Arcade-type games & well designed steps introducing chess work real well with children. I have tried this program with several students and it was great in generating their interest and keeping their attention. Of course, for parents who either have no skills, or time, or both, using this program is a must first step in teaching their kids to play chess.
Graphics are great, games are fun and teaching approach is good.
The program can be improved somewhat:
· Pacman-type game doesn't seem to relate very well to the Rook intro,
· Pinball-type toilet crushing with the ball moving diagonally, is a strange way to introduce the Bishop,
· Emphasizing so much an issue of Opposition, isn't a best for teaching kids about the importance and value of the King,
· Also, there are many conversation, some with humor, but you can't skip them if you wish. Some jokes might be a little offensive.
· Focus on checkmates when introducing pieces as oppose to more common approach - such as visiting squares, attacking and taking pieces.
On the positive side:
· All arcade games are very captivating and will keep your child interested in exploring the game, thus indirectly learning chess,
· Arcade games introducing Queen &, especially, Pawn are very chess related,
· Ability to play a complete games with limited number of pieces is very helpful,
· This is the ONLY tool on the market employing such a unique methodology that will definitely appeal to children.
Bottom line - this is a must buy for families with young kids who DO NOT know the rules. For others, consider this game as well as the latest ChessMaster on the market.
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I think the key to games success is that it instructs the player on the pieces, moves and object of the game without seeming like it is teaching. There are multiple mini-games within the actual game that slowly build to a point where the player knows all the moves of an actual game of chess. I will have to update my review after I play through the game myself, because on the first game I played with my daughter, she constantly corrected me.
Several weeks ago I was looking at something online and noticed a review on another site for this game. I investigated more and couldn't find a single negative review of it on any site. Think how rare that is! So I purchased it for my daughter.
After she installed it, she played it almost non-stop for hours. This went on for a few days. Since I didn't spend a lot of time looking over her shoulder I asked her how she felt about the game. She thinks this game is a winner. The way they break down the game so you become intimate with the characteristics of each piece is wonderful. They also spend time getting a child to be able to understand certain strategies and I think they do it well. Their mini-games are just right, in my opinion.
She's now playing chess against the game and winning some and losing some, depending on the level she plays. But she feels good having learned the game and I think it actually helped her confidence a bit, too. I guess it feels good to be 8 and able to say, "Why yes, I play chess."
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When my nephew was five years old, he beat me during a chess match. I recently gifted my ESL tutees with a chess set and a book on chess. Read morePublished 3 months ago by amazon addict
BUYER BEWARE! Do yourself a favor and don't buy this! Hard to install and glitchy.Published 9 months ago by Elizabeth
Does not work with modern operating system--excellent program but very disappointing!Published 9 months ago by Tony Lambert
This product is advertised on-line as meant for Windows 7; however, it does not install properly on a Windows 7 computer. Read morePublished on May 10, 2014 by Teddie
I got this for my Grandson when he was five. He is now 10. This was a nice program but it really did not engage him. Read morePublished on April 16, 2014 by P. Mulloy
Instantly disappointed. The software was jerky and it was aimed at a very child like mentality. It wasn't bad, for a kid. Read morePublished on March 9, 2014 by C. Jutzin
I would like my grandson to get right to the game and by-pass all that other time waiting to get to the game. Children don't have the patience to listen to all that. Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by Race Minnar
The software doesn't boot up and gives a 'run time error' each time I open it. This needs me to delete the game and download it again. Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by Murthy Gedala
I expected it to be a movie with a narrator explaining what chess is. This is nothing like that. It is a pc GAME. On my computer it would not let me fast forward. Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by Critic101