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Learn to Play Chess with Fritz and Chesster

by Viva Media
Everyone
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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Platform: PC Disc
  • 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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Platform: PC Disc
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0000950SM
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches ; 6.1 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: July 2, 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,677 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Platform: PC Disc

Product Description

KING FOR A DAY! In the award-winning LEARN TO PLAY CHESS WITH FRITZ & CHESSTER, young Prince Fritz is placed in charge of the castle when his parents go on vacation. It's every kid's dream until the dastardly King Black challenges the young stand-in king to a duel! Explore the kingdom and discover arcade-style games that explain everything from chess basics to master strategies. Exercise your brain and put what you've learned to the test in the Intelligym, a training ground for future chess pros. You'll soon realize that this chess game is anything but child's play!

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From Children's Software Revue

Winner of the 2003 Bologna New Media Prize, this innovative storybook adventure introduces children to the world of chess with innovative features that make it the best children's chess tutorial we've reviewed. The original version was in German (by Terzio), and we reviewed a localized version for the USA. The program starts with the story of how King White and his Queen have gone on holiday, and left their son, young Prince Fritz, in charge. But trouble is brewing. A rival, King Black, challenges Fritz to a chess duel. As a novice player, Fritz must seek out some quick brain training, and finds it scattered across the countryside in the form of clever games designed to explain each chess piece, along with common strategies and challenging practice sessions.

These exercises are fun to play, and we found ourselves and our testers sticking with the program for hours at a time. One game, for instance, has kids smashing toilets as they learn about diagonal moves. This, of course, rated highly with our kid testers. As you would expect for a chess tutorial, there's an incredible amount of content--this is not a one-time through program. Weaknesses include an inability to interrupt some of the narration, and our younger testers wanted to do without all the practice; but these are minor criticisms. All things considered, this is a delightful program that is especially well-suited to 8-13 year old children. -- Product Description


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212 of 220 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Tool to Introduce Chess to Kids August 12, 2003
Platform for Display:PC Disc
When it comes to introducing children to the game of chess, this is the best program on the market available to English speaking community. If your child already knows the moves and plays occasionally, this program is Fun, but not as useful.
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.
Good luck!
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent game for young players July 26, 2003
By Sean
Platform for Display:PC Disc|Verified Purchase
We have had this game for less than a week, and like a previous review, my 8 year-old daughter absolutely loves it. The school my daughter is attending this fall requires all of the children to play chess for 30 minutes or so prior to instruction. I was a little nervous of how to possibly teach her, since I have only played sparingly throughout my life. I know the basic moves, and not much more. Not ever touching a chess piece before, she learned all of the basics of the game in less than 2 days. She played for several hours at a time, and it was hard to get her off the computer.
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.
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64 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! July 22, 2003
Platform for Display:PC Disc|Verified Purchase
My daughter is 8 and I recently bought this for her. She's never played chess before and her attention span can be somewhat limited at times. I played this game for a little while before letting her play (she had chores to finish and so I could see if it was something she'd be able to do). At first I was a little worried, some of the arcade games seemed to me to be too hard and not have enough instructions. At any rate I loaded it up and let her play, and she spent over 6 hours in one weekend totally absorbed and loving every minute of it. Some of the arcade games were too hard so she just skipped those, I don't know if it will have any negative effect on her later game play, but so far so good! Anything that is educational and can keep a child absorbed for so long is well worth the money. I hope she finishes the game so she and I can play chess together!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful teaching tool November 25, 2003
By A Customer
Platform for Display:PC Disc
My daughter is 8 and she's wanted to learn to play chess for a while. So, I got out the board and attempted to teach her. But it is just one of those things -- I can play better than I can teach. Needless to say, we didn't get far that way.
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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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad Language and Poor Sportsmanship December 23, 2008
Platform for Display:PC Disc|Verified Purchase
I bought this game 3 years ago for my son (now 8) and he loved it. I didn't like the language- they say "stupid" quite a bit. And I didn't like the way the characters make fun of you if you don't do well. And I didn't like how there are movie-type scenes that they have to watch to get to the next game. You can't skip over these. But he loved it and it did teach him basic chess skills. However, the game ONLY works if the CD is in the computer. After about a year, the CD got scratched and stopped working. Eventually, I decided to purchase LtPC 2 (see my even lower review for that!) for my son and to purchase this game again for my daughter, age 5. She will only play 2 or 3 of the games because she finds it so upsetting the way the characters make fun of her if she doesn't do well. My daughter is a spunky girl who has no trouble standing up for herself so it must be quite upsetting for her to not want to play the game. I'm fed up with these games. I work hard to teach my children to have good character, good sportsmanship and good communication skills. I don't need that compromised by a poorly executed video game.
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