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Solitaire Chess

ThinkFun Inc.

Age: 8 years and up

MSRP (CAD): $24.99

MSRP (USD): $19.99

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EDITOR'S REVIEW

A very clever use of chess moves to create a unique 4 x 4 peg solitaire-style puzzle game. Once you position the chess pieces as shown on the puzzle card, use classic chess moves to capture a piece each move until only one piece remains. In typical ThinkFun style, you're given a variety of different puzzle scenarios (60 total) that get more challenging as you work your way through them. Great for chess lovers - or as an activity for beginning chess players to practice the movement patterns of chess pieces. More challenging for those not saavy to chess logic, but eaiser than playing a real game of chess. A great way to exprience those enriching cognitive benefits so often associated with playing chess. An excellent puzzle enjoyed by our testers -  both the kids and most of the adults, too.

WHAT THE KIDS SAY

Coleman

7

I really like chess and this is a fun way to play by myself.  It is pretty tough but I am getting better at figuring out the advanced puzzels.

Allison

8

This is a fun game for people who enjoy chess.  This game is good for starters and playing on your own.  There is no winners and no losers, so nobody gets upset.

Sébastien

9

It was not as much fun as I though, I don't know how to explain it, you have to eat a piece everytime and so you can't move where you want to.  I am not crazy about chess.

Mia

8

It's fun to play chess.  I like to push the pieces off the board, sometimes I loose and I have to start again.  I like it when I win and get another sheet to try.  My mom helps me with the pieces sometimes.  It's really fun

Shalom

6

I love this chess game. I think we should buy it!

Zachary

7

I love chess and I like to play games on my own, so I really like this game! I can do almost all of the challenges on my own!

Aleeza

9

I like that even if you don't know how to play chess you can play it.  They show you what pieces can do which moves.  My whole family liked it.  It's a fun game.

Matana

9

These are interesting chess puzzles, except they get me frustrated easily. But if you like chess, you'd love these puzzles!

- Zachary

7

I love chess and I like to play games on my own, so I really like this game! I can do almost all of the challenges on my own.

WHAT ADULTS THINK

R.

Parent

We still all fight over who gets to play it- including myself and my husband. The adults are nearing the end of the challenges, but are still chugging along happily. Though my husband is by far the superior chess player, I am doing pretty well myself. The kids (M6, M7, F9) are still enthusiastic about challenging themselves and have definitely become more interested in bringing out the real chess board. Fantastic game!

Sally J.

Parent

great way for kids to learn chess moves and keeps them occupied for hours by themselves also fantastic for travel as comes in self-contained box

Kendra D.

Parent

I think this is a great game for the whole family.  It is one of those games that will last a long time and be revisited over and over again.

Liz H.

Parent

This was an excellent game.  The pieces are durable and the game is very compact and easy to take with you.  As my daughter has recently started to play chess, this game taught her a lot with regards to strategy and it has helped to develop her confidence when playing.  I believe this activity is fairly priced and would make an excellent gift.  

Joyce S.

Parent

This is one of those brain teaser's that you don't put down (unless someone else in the family got to it first).  You never ended up doing it by yourself because someone always sat down beside to and was playing along with you.  My son loved to say, "I've solved it, do you want me to show you how to do it?"  Drove me nuts.

Marie-Lise H.

Parent

I love this game much more than the kids, I find it fascinating and frustrating at the same time,.  I can look at a puzzle and not get it at all, sometimes I need the help from the hints in the back of hte book, I like that there are 3 levels of help, what is the first piece to move, hwat is the first piece eaten and finally the whole puzzle is solved.  After the puzzle is solved I  return the pieces to their origianl spots and the answer is so obvious I wonder why I didn't get it right before! 

Rebecca Y.

Parent

We still LOVE this game. We all fight over who gets to play it- including myself and my husband. The adults are nearing the end of the challenges, but are still chugging along happily. The two of us compete over who can solve them. Though my husband is by far the superior chess player, I am doing pretty well myself. The kids are still enthusiastic about challenging themselves and have definitely become more interested in bringing out the real chess board. Fantastic game!

Marcia M.

I love that even I can manage these bite-sized chess puzzles. I have to say, I stopped playing chess when my (then) elementary-school-aged kids started beating me in under six moves. Chess is an elegant game, I've just never been able to play it well.

But I can solve these puzzles! And I really enjoy doing it. It helps that each move must capture another piece - that really simplifies the challenge by narrowing down each possible move.

And I'm not the only one enjoying these chess puzzles. So far, this has been the most played game in my household of adult (18+) kids. Seems the game appeals to chess pros as much as beginning players. 

FEATURES

Manufacturer Description

You don't have to know chess to be a master of this addictive logic game! The rules in Solitaire Chess are simple - first set up the chess pieces on the board according to one of the 60 challenge cards, then proceed to capture and eliminate all but one piece using only moves allowed in traditional chess. You must capture a piece with every move, so this game is fast-paced and always exciting!

Year Introduced

2010

Features

  • 4 levels of play, Beginner to Expert