Summary: Don't listen to negative and misleading reviews about this programme. It might not play at the listed Elo 2300+ but on the unlimited thinking time setting (which means it will consider its move for some minutes or until you interrupt) and the highest Elo setting it plays at about 1800-1900 Elo, which is more than strong enough to defeat most un-studied players almost indefinitely.
Summary: The 5 stars say it all... this game is GREAT! I'm just a beginner and know that this will enable me to grow into a better one! The package arrived within the timeframe given and I couldn't have asked for more! Thanks to everyone involved who make this a tremendous experience! I can't believe all the negatives people have written about this chess game as my experience is just the opposite; all the things it says it will do, it does and... it is such a good teacher for me!
Summary: I had been playing chess using Chessmaster (supposedly 1850 ELO) on my Nintendo DS, but found the program weak although I am not a strong player. I had heard that Fritz was a more skilled chess program for the Nintendo DS platform so I bought it and just played my first game. I had the white pieces. As you can see from the game notation below, although Fritz supposedly plays at 2320 the real level of play is infinitely less than that. 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 e6 3. e3 Nf6 4.
Who is Fritz? I dunno either, but the Chess portion is great.
Micheal Hunt, Amazon
15 February 2011
Summary: What can a video-game developing company possibly do with a DS version of chess that hasn't been done already? The answer is pretty simple, variety that keeps you interested and not being bored to death by the same repetitive things, and that's exactly what Deep Silver has designed for what I am labeling the best chess game on DS so far.
Summary: I picked this up because it seemed to me that a chess program was a must-have for any game (artificial intelligence) system. I like chess well enough, used to play a lot as a kid, but don't have a whole lot of time and mental energy as a working adult. Not only does Fritz Chess have the best ELO capability for any DS game, but I love the fact that you don't have to commit yourself to playing an entire game.
Good except for the poor pacing of time-controlled play
12 May 2010
Summary: You can play at 12 different difficulty levels ranging from Elo ratings of 400(beginner) to 2320(expert). If you play rated games you earn your own Elo rating. Or you can play practice games that also include the chess variants of Chess960(backrow pieces are random) and Giveaway Chess(win by losing all your pieces). In the practice games you can use help options like show threats, legal moves, best move, last move, and standard opening lines.
Summary: I came to this website to purchase the game "Fritz Chess" for the DS and was disappointed to find it was out of stock with little hope of it ever coming back. Luckily some days later a few copies of the game were made available and I was able to order one. It was shipped on Jan 12 and arrived on Jan 16 in excellent conditon. I was elated! I have played a few of the practice games and find them entertaining and somewhat instructive.
Summary: Just wanted to quickly chime in that I'm very pleased with the program overall. Several other reviewers have already given great detailed descriptions of what it offers (several ways to study mates, practice games, ELO ratings, and 2000 historical games) as well as its deficiencies (interface). However, it's not that hard to navigate the interface once you get use to it). My nine year old loves it for the intro stuff (mate in one, playing others DS to DS).
Summary: Not a bad game, but the computer player is annoying as hell, always goes first reguardless of color/wins or losses, taunts after every move like some cocky a$$hole, and is allowed to perform cheap, unfair moves that the human player cannot. The game is well done over all, the graphics are great, it's hard unless you practice, and it takes full advantage of thr dsi and it's great features.