Solitaire Chess® Brain Fitness (Ages 8 to adult, single player, MSRP: $19.99)

Solitaire Chess Strategic Skill Building Game

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Years ago, when my son was little, I taught him how to play chess. He was a natural and quickly started to beat me at every game. He moved on to play with people who were more his skill level and I lost my chess partner. I’ve always wanted to improve my chess game to challenge my son again but it never happened. Product provided for this review.

Solitaire Chess® Brain Fitness (Ages 8 to adult, single player, MSRP: $19.99)

Solitaire Chess Strategic Skill Building Game

When I learned about a new game from Thinkfun called Solitaire Chess, I knew this would be the perfect time to start working on my chess game. So, how does Solitaire Chess work? Solitaire Chess includes 10 chess pieces and a book with 80 different challenges along with instructions and solutions.

Solitaire Chess

The 80 different challenges are available in 4 different levels: beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert. The book has a mini chess board on each page and random squares are imprinted with the image of a different chess piece. You place the chess pieces on the board and then using the rules of movement, try to eliminate all but 1 piece.  The rules of movement are the same as a regular chess game so it’s a great way to brush up your skills or strengthen them.

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Solitaire Chess

If you end up stuck with more than one piece, just put the pieces back on the correct squares and try again. If after a few times you cannot figure it out, all of the answers are in the back of the instruction booklet.  I admit that my chess skills are very rusty so I started at the easiest challenge.  After two or three tries, I figured it out and moved on.  I’m still in the beginning section and have had to look up the answers a few times but each time I do, I learn a bit more about planning and strategy. Looking ahead to the next move is definitely something I need to pay attention to.

I found Solitaire Chess fun to play and challenging at each level. It’s a great way for a beginner to learn how the game of chess is played or for someone who hasn’t played in a while to brush up on their skills. It’s also a great way to teach about building strategies and strategic thinking.  The challenge book and pieces are well made and will stand up to repeated games. Definitely a keeper.

Solitaire Chess® Brain Fitness (Ages 8 to adult, single player, MSRP: $19.99)

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6 thoughts on “Solitaire Chess Strategic Skill Building Game

  1. I’ve seen this for sale at our local Barnes & Noble but never tried it. Thanks for the review – I now see what it is all about!

  2. Oh another cute stocking stuffer. I’m afraid I would be stuck on the beginner section for a while since I don’t play myself–a lovely gift though.

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