Use your wits, learn to think ahead, have fun and excitement AND learn a whole lot about chess: this great chess adventure has all of this and more in store for you! Together with Prince Fritz and his cousin Bianca learn how to play chess, then test and increase your knowledge in a whole range of exciting games and situations. How do you set up the board? Whats stalemate? When do you call it a draw? What does opposition mean? And whats up the stairs mate? Find the answers to these questions and many more in animated games and contests. Tips and tricks are explained step by step. Then you can provide and test your skill in the special games and tasks. And once you've got the hang of everything, join Fritz to take on King Black in the grand finale.
This is the beginning of a very interesting new product by ChessBase: Fritz & Chesster. It is possibly also the most important piece of software created by the company, for a very simple reason.Like none of the other products, Fritz, Junior, Shredder, or even ChessBase itself, Fritz and Chesster is one that can recruit new players to the game.We predict that tens of thousands of children will take up chess because they had access to this program. Fritz & Chesster is published by the Terzio Verlag in Munich in collaboration with ChessBase.
Fritz and Chesster does not teach chess in the usual way. It does not set up a board and explain how each of the pieces move. Instead it targets children who have never played chess before in their lives and teaches them the basic rules in a Sesame Street like environment. There are cartoons and stories for the children to follow, and then there are tasks for them to solve interactively.
Each piece and each rule is explained in a subgame, which you can play against the computer. Many of them are far away from the actual game of chess, but at the same time they give the children full insight into the sometimes daunting rules of the game.
The stand-alone chess teacher
The principle of Fritz & Chesster is that you can insert the CD into a computer drive, fire up the program and then leave a child alone with it if necessary. After a few weeks the child will come to you and say: "Can we play a game of chess?" It will have learnt all the rule - we are talking pawn moves, castling rules, promotion, mate, stalemate, everything - and even understand a bit about strategy and tactics.
Naturally you do not need to or indeed should leave your child alone with the program. In fact we have discovered that it is often usually children and their mothers who pick up the game. The fathers usually get hooked on the subgames, battling to keep ahead of the kids.
System Requirements: Pentium II 233 processor, 32 MB RAM (16 MB free memory) 16-bit soundblaster compatible sound card, 16 speed CD-ROM drive Graphics card: resolution 800x600 pixels (16-bit colour), WIN 95/98/ME/XP/Vista (not recommended for Windows 7/8)
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