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.
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: First, if you are considering buying this game, please realize that the product description is very misleading. There is no tournament in this game. There is no "Ten Years Tournament" with the White Queen and Black King. There are no player profiles. That is for a different version of this game, for television attached consoles, not the DS. Very misleading advertising! The engine for this game is much more fun to play against than Chessmaster DS.
Summary: I bought Fritz looking for an alternative to [...] which till now was the only pda size chess game recorder you can get (and it @$#%^). I had hoped that Fritz could replace it - but not quite - at least not for tournaments. Otherwise it beats MonRoi hands down and is 1/20th the cost! Good Stuff: Lots of help and hints for training. Supports Chess 360 and giveaway as well. Thousands of great historical games. A Chess clock available.