Fritz and Chesster Game Review – My Kids Love Learning Chess!

April 21, 2009

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My husband enjoys a chess puzzle every morning, which is the only reason the game appeals to my kids: Dad likes it so there must be something there. Then we found the Fritz and Chesster game for the PC. It uses a great story line and fun games to teach all the concepts of chess.

Gone are the days of Mom saying, “Uh, I don’t think the knight can go there,” and “Where do I set the bishops at again?”

In the day of XBox’s, DS’s, etc., how do you get kids interested in playing chess? And why would you anyway?

Because chess can:

  • Help on test scores.
  • Teach kids problem solving.
  • Thinking of all the possible moves in your head helps a lot with abstract reasoning.
  • Ups memory, language, and math skills.
  • Encourages creative thinking.
  • It’s fun, and gives the mind a workout at the same time!
  • You can do it together!
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    Why Fritz and Chesster?

    It’s fun and teaches all the moves in chess: pawn moves, castling rules, promotion, mate, stalemate, everything! And then the second program, Fritz and Chesster 2, goes on to teach even more tactics and strategies.

    How it Teaches Chess with Stories and Games:

    It starts with a storyline about young Fritz who is left in charge of the kingdom while his mom and dad, the King and Queen, are away. Here’s a picture of the crew with King Black, the hardest king to defeat.

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    Here’s a fun game using Sumo wrestlers facing off against each other. They teach how a king moves and the idea of ‘opposition’ as you try to force the other wrestler off the game mat. They are too fat to be right next to each other, so the rules are that they stay at least one square apart 🙂

    sumo

    And how about bouncing a ball diagnally across a game board to smash toilet bowls? Yes, the potty humor is funny to kids, and meanwhile, they are learning how the bishop moves diagonally.

    bishop

    What better way to learn how a rook moves in straight lines than trying to escape these spiders in the rook maze and earn a high score.

    rook

    And this horse has to jump over the fences, but in the “L”-shaped movement that a knight makes. What a great mind puzzle for kids!

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    Once you learn all the rules, you get to practice by playing against opponents of various difficulties.

    At around $20, it’s cheaper than any chess lesson by an expert and with the ability to enter multiple names, all your kids can play.

    What about yourself? If you never took the time to understand how chess really works, give yourself a fun mental workout and learn it together with your child. Isn’t that half the fun of homeschooling? Learning together!

    (You can help support HomeschoolBytes by purchasing Learn to Play Chess with Fritz and Chesster from this link and/or doing any Amazon shopping from there also – Thanks!)

    I’d like to review a few more of my favorite learning software programs. Do you have any favorites? Or requests to review? Let me know in the comment section 🙂

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