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Fritz Chess (Nintendo DS)

Platform : Nintendo DS
3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Platform: Nintendo DS

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  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Platform: Nintendo DS
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  • ASIN: B001P5HM7I
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 12.4 x 2 cm ; 27 g
  • Release Date: 26 Jun. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,351 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Platform:Nintendo DS

Manufacturer's Description

Check Mate Fritz!

The world renowned chess player, Fritz has fascinated the chess world for many years. And for many years Fritz has headed the international SSDF list of the best chess programs.

Now for the first time Fritz arrives to the Nintendo DS consoles.

No matter if you're a super grand master or only a beginner, Fritz provides the perfect challenge for everyone.

Explore various modes and discover the exciting world of the most popular board game ever.


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Platform for Display: Nintendo DS
Fritz DS is the little brother of the all singing all dancing pc chess powerhouse that is Fritz. I couldn't find any reviews whatsoever on the web, so took a chance and decided to buy it anyway. So this may well be the very first english language review of Fritz DS. Woo hoo!

You can play normal chess, chess 360/Fischer chess, and giveaway chess, where you have to lose all of your pieces to win. I myself am really only interested in standard chess, but it's nice to have a choice. Fritz provides a range of playing levels, rated from around 400 to 2320 elo, as well as a self adjusting 'friend mode' where its strength will adjust over time to meet yours. You can play rated games or practice games where you can take moves back as often as you want.

Timer modes available are blitz (preset time for the whole game), long (x moves in x time), and without clock. Incremental time per move can also be used in blitz mode.

Unlike pc Fritz there is no game or move analysis at all - you can only play chess. However, you can tell Fritz to warn you when you blunder, and it can also display legal moves and threatened pieces etc. The game does not teach you how to play chess, so is not suitable for absolute beginners.

I tested out Fritz DS against Fritz 11 on the pc. I really didn't have much hope that Fritz DS would challenge its big brother, but it lost one game (at 1500 elo) and won another (at 2320 elo). I should mention that pc Fritz used only around 4 minutes of time when playing at 2320 elo and looked around 4 or 5 moves ahead. I'm sure if I played around with the settings more it would have crushed Fritz DS (as it did at 1500 elo). I myself am a very average player and Fritz DS can beat me when I set it at 1500 elo.
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I have owned Fritz For Fun 2 (PC version), and was impressed by it.

It was on the strength of this that I purchased the DS version; I'm afraid it lacks the 'polish' of its forerunner. The menus are clunky to use (you have to exit and confirm the end of each game, and return back through the process again), what can be described as a 'bomb' flashes red and becomes annoying after a while, and the strength seems a little tempremental (600 ELO sometimes wipes the floor with me, being 1900 ELO against humans). It can be annoying when, by virtue of using a stylus, you accidentally 'drop' a piece, thereby losing valuable points on 'Rated' games.

The good points are portability, strength of play, variety of responses, countless puzzles and 2000 historical games. Not bad for a hand-held device.

Worth buying if you're a chess addict, though it lacks a certain something, perhaps I expected too much?
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Fritz does not give the same responses to the same moves but varies its responses unlike some other chess programs. I prefered the fun games on Chessmaster but overall for me I think Fritz has a slight edge on the actual chess play.
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My original review is below, but I would add now, after many more hours playing is that Fritz for DS is ultimately not trustworthy. I have been in many situations where I should have resigned but played on only to find Fritz making inexplicable moves which handed the game to me. I would have to say that this would therefore sway me towards not recommending this game.
Original: The following are negatives, & probably due to the fact that this is a program shoe-horned into the DS format.
The end game at the intermediate level (ELO 1500) is terrible. Computers are generally programmed for constant material gain, but Fritz is still opting for short-term material gain at the end of the game, when to do so may allow one to queen a pawn a few moves later. By the way, my end game is awful & I would probably rate myself much lower than 1500 playing against humans. The formula for success at intermediate level is don't blunder, swap off and get as quickly as possible to the end game &, if you are more or less equal in material, you'll probably win.
I still haven't worked out how to save a "rated match". If it's possible, the user-friendliness is not the best. It would also be good to get an analysis of your moves at the end of a rated match, but again I haven't worked out how to do this (I think it's an option on the PC version).
Generally, the level of support is uneven across the different playing options.
In a rated game, there is no option to take back a move. Generally, this is fine, but on such a small board, the stylo can hit the wrong square.
I feel there are too many needless controls when you want to end a game.
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