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Solitaire Chess - Brain Fitness Edition

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So you want to learn to play chess, but you hate to lose while mastering a new game. Enter Solitaire Chess, a clever game from ThinkFun that lets you learn the game or sharpen your skills without risking the aforementioned agony of defeat.

Here’s how it works: You start with 10 chess pieces and 80 challenges. Just set up the board as shown on the challenge card and then use the rules of chess to move and capture pieces. When there’s just one piece left on the board, you win and get to move onto the next challenge card in the deck.

Like the original game, Solitaire Chess will exercise your critical thinking, spatial, analytical and decision making skills.

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The Idea

Learn and sharpen chess skills though 60 increasingly difficult challenges.

The Brains

Exercise critical-thinking, spatial, analytical, & decision-making skills.

The A-Ha

Every move must claim a piece & only one piece can remain.

Brain Health Expert Says

You can improve your reasoning, logic, and critical thinking skills by playing Solitaire Chess. The direction cards provide challenges at different levels that engage the frontal lobe, which governs executive functions such as decision making.


Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award

The Brain Coach Says

Chess has always intimidated me but after playing Solitaire Chess, it's allowed me to master the game while having tons of fun. It's an easy and approachable intro to the game and in no time at all you'll be playing like Bobby Fischer.

Train yourself to Bobby Fischer status.

Product Details

Brain Category
warningsCHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Recommended Age8+
Inside the Box
  • 80 Challenges
  • 10 Chess pieces
  • Instructions & solutions
DepartmentCritical Thinking
# of Players1

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For all chess players


I bought this as a gift for my 11 year old daughter. She always watched as I played with friends and would try her hardest to play. Now that she has this she has became so much better at chess.

Great critical thinking game


Gave this game as a gift to my niece to assist her in learning the game of chess. She spent many hours working the chess pieces around the board to solve each puzzle. This gave her the skills to learn how the pieces move and to start thinking a few moves ahead,. Highly recommend for those learning the game of chess.

Cognitive Rehab in a Box


Suggested by a store employee for my focusing at a time that I was recovering from a concussion. From the first Beginners page on I began to sense an improvement in my ability to focus, plan and make decisions. Excellent cognitive therapy and just plain fun afterwards. Recommended to many. Those with a high IQ execute the game without moving the chess pieces to play.



I purchased this for my husband. I don't know what the previous one star reviewer was talking about. There were no mistakes. My husband managed to solve every puzzle, following the rules that came with the game. As a matter of fact, we are hoping another book comes out with additional puzzles.
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How To Play

How to Play:  Select a challenge card and slide it under the clear board. Using the moves allowed in traditional chess, capture each piece on the board until there is only one piece remaining. Each move must capture a piece.   How to Win:  When there is only one piece left, you have solved that challenge card. Try to solve all 80!

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