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ThinkFun Solitaire Chess
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- A strategic twist on a timeless classic
- 20 double-sided challenge cards (40 challenges) and 10 chess pieces
- Game board
- Game-go bag
- Learning skills: Logical deduction, spatial reasoning and critical thinking
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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I would recommend this game to any game lover, whether a chess newbie or someone who has been playing for years - it is a blast, and the packaging design allows it to pack all together and travel easily, I'll take this on my next trip!
Where the game falls short is in execution; I am hardly an experienced chess player and I didn't even BEGING to feel challenged until puzzle #47 (of 60!). The first 20 or so can mostly be done in your head if you have ANY capacity for visualization whatsoever. That said, when a puzzle does stump you, it sure is satisfying to figure it out. Basically, your goal is to move pieces (starting with any piece) until all pieces except one are cleared from the board. There's only 16 squares (4x4) so you won't be struggling too hard to figure out the solution to each puzzle.
I'm enjoying my time with the game, but it's nowhere near a good puzzle game for an experienced chess player. It is nice to have a chess puzzle with actual physical pieces though; this is something no chess puzzle book can simulate.
I paid $19.99 plus tax for my game, and while I can't recommend it to the chess community at large, it's definitely a fun little toy - probably more appropriate for younger kids and those who don't know enough about chess to feel cramped and limited by the 1/4 of the chessboard used (plus it only comes with 10 pieces). But personally, I wouldn't pay $20 again for (effectively) 15 puzzles.Read more ›
He's not even remotely aware that he's using critical thinking skills in logical areas in addition to getting practice focusing on problem-solving. While I would have a hard time arguing that improving chess skills by solving chess-themed puzzles will directly give him better life skills I emphatically believe that the practice spent focusing on problems but sticking with it until it's solved is very helpful. I also believe it's a good opportunity for kids (or some adults...) to learn when to ask for help and once you're past the beginner puzzles to even try to work together on a problem that's difficult to split up into tasks.
Still, I don't think this is a perfect toy. The design is pretty clever but the spot where the puzzle cards fit can be difficult to get in/out, especially for a child. I also don't like how it's difficult to use without all the cards being out which makes it easy to jumble them up, drop them where they'll be stepped on / frayed, set them where they may be spilled on, etc. I'd rather be able to feed out the "next" card and then slide it back in the bottom of the stack, for instance. I don't even believe that would have been very difficult to design or have cost any more to product.
All that said I'm very glad we got it for my boy and would do so again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not what I thought, this is mostly to learn chess strategy, but you need to know how to play and honestly it's a snooze fest for my son! Boring!Published 2 days ago by amsynicole
I'm not sure who invented this concept of teaching chess, but it's brilliant! My 4 year old recently got into checkers from one of his teachers at his school. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Katie P
Awesome! Great fun from my 6 year old to my 70 year old father.Published 20 days ago by Frances Barreto
My nephew really enjoyed this as a Christmas Present. He is 7 years old and has been working up the difficulty levels.Published 22 days ago by LThode
I played this at a friends house and found it very entertaining. It has value as a standalone set of puzzles and may even work to improve my chess game. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Bob Tobias
Not what I thought it was but still pretty cool. I thought it was a little computer you played against! It comes with cards that you slide in place with different challenges. Read morePublished 25 days ago by sunny