Approximately 20 yrs back, I wrote about a chess-training system aimed at youngsters ages 8 and up. It applied various arcade-like video games to train youngsters how chess items moved and captured. It was a new concept in finding out chess for novices.
The program at first appeared in 2003 and was sold on a CD-ROM less than the title of “Learn to Enjoy Chess with Fritz and Chesster.” Kid’s Technological know-how Evaluation wrote about it when it initial appeared, indicating, “intelligent evaluation of the chess items and moves,” and concluded with: “This is the greatest kid’s chess program on the industry.”
Chesster was a Cheshire rat who – as you might guess from the odd spelling of the title – was also a trainer of chess. His two pupils were being Fritz, the son of King and Queen White, and Bianca, Fritz’s cousin.
The software was immensely common. And kids who realized to engage in chess with Chesster now have kids of their have – and some of those people youngsters are learning chess from Chesster.
Alas, Chesster is superior at chess than he was with preserving up with modifying computer system instances. Working devices on desktops highly developed, but Fritz and Chesster didn’t continue to keep up with the occasions. Mom and dad lamented that their chess trainer of yesteryear wouldn’t operate on their desktops. Or laptops. Or tablets.
That is starting off to adjust. Initial, two versions are accessible for the Mac, Apple iphone and iPad from the Apple Application Retail outlet. Chess: Fritz and Chesster Lite is a free of charge model. The total-featured model is Chess match: Fritz and Chesster, which sells for $22.99.
And at the center of this past week, a Kickstarter undertaking started, with a intention of boosting $6,100 by June 24. As of Friday, the project had lifted just above $4,100.
Supporters of the task can pledge monetary assistance with no reward for about $13. The assist will assist finance Chesster and Fritz chessboards and chess sets.
For about $75, supporters get a selection of a chessboard video game or a wall-mounted match, such as 34 items (with an additional set of kings and queens for each individual aspect) in a reward box.
Other donation amounts are out there. For particulars, use this hyperlink to get to the Kickstarter web-site: www.tinyurl.com/ChessterFritz.
The Kickstarter web site notes: “With Fritz & Chesster, chess gets a fairytale as properly as a board video game. The sport will come in a fantastically intended box, creating it an suitable gift. As well as, you get entry to the Fritz & Chesster Facebook group, in which new puzzles are continuously getting posted.”
The educating application is a effectively-developed software that makes learning entertaining. It remains, the good news is, with the very same backgrounds and characters as it appeared just about 20 a long time in the past. It wasn’t broken back again then they didn’t correct it now. In other words, it truly is just as I remembered it when I encountered Chesster and Fritz all individuals a long time ago.
The character parts utilized in that method are turned into true chess items in the collection of chess sets out there via the Kickstarter plan. (In addition to the normal board established and wall-mounted established, there is also a magnetic vacation set being supplied.)
Any actual chess set will do, of study course, when re-building a authentic-time match from the app. It is pleasant, on the other hand, to have the pieces in the application duplicated by the parts on the board.
As I noted in a former evaluate of the Fritz and Chesster sequence, the application can be utilised to instruct very young little ones the basics of chess – some of these little ones have been as young as 3.
But if children want a little enable, mothers and fathers and grandparents will probable locate that Chesster, and his buddy King Kaleidoscope, make it enjoyable and interesting for them as nicely.
Lonnie Brown can be attained at [email protected].