Learn to Play Chess with Fritz and Chesster CD-ROM

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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Excellent, creative game teaches chess basics.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

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Parents need to know that this is children's software at its best: fun, creative, and instructive.

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Adult Written byMarkM April 9, 2008
Parent of an infant, 2, 5, and 8-year-old Written bykristyn April 9, 2008

A FUN way for kids to learn Chess!

This is a really great program. It takes kids through lots of mini-games that teach them about the moves of each different chess piece -- even some strategy!... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 27, 2012


Very fun and easy to play, and it's very educational because 1. it teaches you about chess 2. chess it scientifically proven to help increase your standard... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008

What's it about?

LEARN TO PLAY CHESS WITH FRITZ & CHESSTER offers a unique way to learn the basics of the game within an animated adventure. The adventure takes place in the royal world of King White. When King White and his Queen go on vacation, leaving their young son Fritz in charge, the dastardly King Black challenges Prince Fritz to a duel of Chess.

Not knowing how to play Chess, Fritz is lucky to find six fun arcade games that teach him (and the player) how to move the different chess pieces. Fritz also stops by the Intelligym for chess training with Chesster -- a rat! As players train with Chesster, they progress from being a lightweight to a heavyweight. The software culminates in a chess match between Prince Fritz and King Black.

Is it any good?

Chess is a great game for children because it's fun and teaches them logical reasoning. This software has an amazing amount of depth, which is presented in a progressive manner. What makes it so unusual are the unique games to help kids train. For example, to learn how the king moves, kids become sumo wrestlers striving to knock their opponents out of a circle, and they learn the bishops' moves by smashing toilets!

Powered by the world-famous Fritz engine, the software gives children many opportunities to play chess against the computer -- and they can ask for help as they play. This is children's software at its best.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the video game while playing a game of chess with actual pieces. As you play, revisit scenarios from the video game and apply what you learned to the real-world game. Which do you like better? Why?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Viva-Media
  • Release date: August 1, 2003
  • Genre: Educational
  • ESRB rating: NR
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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