**This is a sponsored post. I have received free products to help facilitate my review but all opinions are my own.
I’ve spent most of my life somewhat obsessed with the game of chess. Growing up, my brother and I played the traditional board game, balanced between folded, grass-stained knees in the park. As a teenager, I played long-distance correspondence chess through letters, imagining myself some sort of secluded Victorian author, buried in books and calculations. Yes, my brain was addled with romantic notions even then. On the internet I played KungFu chess with friends, riotous and fast paced.
So I was thrilled to get the chance to try out a new chess game. All Queens from ThinkFun is probably nearest to KingFu chess in terms of gameplay feel. It still involves great strategy and logic, but as the name suggests, you play using only the most powerful piece- the Queen!
The suggested age range is 8 and up, for 2 players, and at around $13 it’s a bargain. The goal here is to get four queens in a row, which sounds easier than it is. The rules for the queen apply as in real chess, she can move any number of squares vertically, horizontally or diagonally. The difference is that no pieces may be captured.
Logic and creative thought are so important for developing young minds. I feel like this is a good game for younger children to get their feet wet playing chess. It’s a bit easier and more fast paced- and I can easily see it leading to a lifelong love of both this version and the original game!