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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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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 2.5 x 8 inches ; 13.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B0032UKQFO
  • Item model number: 3400
  • Our recommended age: 8 - 12 years
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,975 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
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Product Description

ThinkFun Solitaire Chess

From the Manufacturer

Everyone knows the best part of Chess is capturing your opponent's pieces. Solitaire Chess makes the best part the whole point. Players get 10 pieces, two each of the Knight, Rook, Pawn and Bishop, one each of the King and Queen, and 40 challenges. Set pieces on the board according to the challenge cards, and proceed to capture each one, but only by using the same moves allowed in traditional Chess. Players have to capture a piece with every move, so the game is fast-paced and always exciting. Ages 8 to Adult.

Customer Reviews

He was having fun playing it while older brothers were busy with XBox games.
here's to health
As a non-chess player, I was intrigued by this game's promise to challenge experienced chess players while also teaching novices the basic rules of the game.
Game Lover
The chess pieces are in a sliding drawer underneath the case which holds the challenge cards.
gabethan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By gabethan on September 23, 2010
I have purchased numerous ThinkFun games. Our favorites include all versions of Rush Hour, Sudoku, Clever Castle, Zingo, S'Match, and Chocolate Fix. I've tried a few others which we like, but those are my favorite. This is a new one to add to the favorite list! Having spent the summer learning how to play Chess, I am very excited that we can use the rules of the chess pieces to solve logic puzzles. It is really, really well done! The goal of each card is to have the chess pieces capture the other pieces until only one is left standing. The game is set up in a grid, so that you can look up the answers in the order at which you need to move the pieces. Ex. A2 moves to B4, etc. etc. The chess pieces are in a sliding drawer underneath the case which holds the challenge cards. Just beware, the cards are difficult to get out at first. It took some effort to slide them out.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Original Larkin on January 2, 2011
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I bought this for my brother as a gift because I know that he enjoys chess but doesn't usually have anyone to play with. There are easy, medium and hard puzzles. The easy ones are really really easy and only require a move or two (I finished them all within a few minutes by just looking at the cards and not using the board). My brother was able to finish all of the puzzles without using the board at all. I think that this game would be great for children just learning how to play chess, but I wouldn't recommend it for anyone that is analytical or likes to play chess regularly because it will be far too easy for them.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Game Lover on October 13, 2010
As a non-chess player, I was intrigued by this game's promise to challenge experienced chess players while also teaching novices the basic rules of the game. WOW! What a fantastic way to learn the rules of chess! Early challenges help new players get used to the various moves each chess token can make, and there's a handy reference provided just in case. By challenge 4 I felt comfortable remembering the chess moves and was on a roll! Each of the 60 puzzles challenges you to eliminate all but one piece, kind of like a peg solitaire game, and you need to plan moves carefully or you'll be stranded and need to reset. Great brain exercise in strategy and planning.

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!
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jase Michel on April 18, 2011
Thinkfun's "Solitaire Chess" has its good points. It's a nice little squat plastic box with squat pieces who's bases rest neatly in slight circular depressions on the playing board. The pieces feel good and have an original style. The pawns and knights are especially pleasurable to hold and look at. The pieces all fit nicely into the base - which slides open like a drawer - and has some sturdy rubber feet so it won't slip on your table. Overall, I'm impressed with the physical quality and craftsmanship of the unit.

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.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Gamer on November 1, 2010
This is an incredible new game from ThinkFun! We all know and love Rush Hour and this is another great one! Even if you don't know how to play chess, this game is perfect! You actually learn how the chess pieces move while solving these puzzles! I gave this to my eight year old who didn't know how to play chess and he totally gets now how the pieces move. I figure he's now ready to learn how to play actual chess as learning the piece movements is half the battle in the beginning!

What an innovative new game that is really a logic puzzle but based in the game of chess! Great for experience chess masters and beginners alike! Have fun!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Carr on December 30, 2010
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My 7-year old boy has been playing Rush Hour for a long time so this year we got him this for Christmas. He plays this sometimes on his own by setting up puzzles and solving them and other times he wants to set up puzzles for us to solve. After a while we'll switch and set up the puzzles for him to solve. (he does the same thing with Rush Hour)

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.
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