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[top]Overview

Players: 1-2
Online Trophies: No
Cheat Codes Affect Trophies: N/A
Estimated Time to Platinum: 1/10
Platinum Difficulty: 3-10 Hours
Minimum Playthroughs: 1
Glitched Trophies: Quick and Deadly, Fastest Shooter


[top]Introduction

One of the oldest games in the world is brought to you by Deep Silver. Published in the UK and unfortunately only released in the UK and surrounding areas. “Fritz Chess” teaches you all the basics of chess from opening moves to solving mate puzzles. With 2000 games in its database, it is by far the best console chess game available. One fascinating feature is the ability to place pieces where you want them. This allows you to analyze a game from different perspectives and also solving those chess puzzles in the newspaper.
Besides the seriousness of learning, Fritz Chess offers an “Adventure Mode” that will challenge you. Take you through the ranks of a castle to get to the king in a humorous way.
There have been a few reports of the game freezing during game play. However, I never ran across any freeze-ups. Quick and Deadly and Fastest Shooter didn’t pop up like they were supposed to.
The lack of any online play keeps this game into a niche category. If you would like to learn how to play chess this game is for you. It can be very challenging to say the least. On top of that, this is very easy platinum.


[top]Tips & Strategies



[top]Roadmap

I will walk you through step-by-step on earning your platinum.
With your first game, you should set the game up as shown under Beginner. The trophies you will get after your first game will be; Beginner, Quick and Deadly, Fastest Shooter and Bully. Look under Fastest Shooter for instructions on how to get them to come up.
Now that we have the first game out of the way lets work on some trophies.
Your next goal will be to play 100 games and win 40. During this time you can focus on Conniver, Giant Killer, Legendary Fighter, Devastating Attack and David against Goliath. Since trophies are stackable, I would focus on Legendary Fighter. When you win this game the trophies Conniver, Giant Killer will pop up also. All theses wins will count towards your total. All your stats are kept under Opening Screen>>Fritz Chess>>Vs Fritz Chess>>Chess Statistics. If you are having problems winning any of these games you can pick up any of the following freeware chess games listed below.
During this process you will have earned, Up and Comer, Professional, Expert, Veteran, Venerable Master, Tough opponent, Respected opponent, Duellist, Chess Fan, Crazy about Chess and Chess Addict.
Tip: To win 40 you could easily play the 5 move game 40 times. Then worry about the other 5 required win games later. Now for the other 60 games, you could win, lose or resign. This means you could make one move and resign 60 times. This will cut your play time down drastically. Now you have a better understanding of the listing of 3 hours to finish 100 games.
The next phase will be to solve some puzzles. Apprentice, Disciple, Scholastic and Knowledgeable are the trophies will be earning in this phase. You will need to solve 10, 30, 45 and 60 puzzles respectively. You have 4 categories to choose from; Mate in 1, Best Move, Medium and Hard. If you want choose Mate in 1, this one is by far the easiest to solve, because you can not fail. Keep choosing until you solve the puzzle. Now do this 60 times of if you prefer to broaden your horizons and choose for the other categories. On another note, you are looking at the trophies correctly Knowledgeable is a bronze for solving 60 puzzles while Scholastic is silver for solving 45. Math must be different over there. LOL.
We should just be down to the “Adventure Mode” trophies. Since these wins do not count for your total these should be left for you last phase. Your first trophy in this group will be Gored Guard, followed by Brutalized Brute, Jeered Jester, Mashed Merchant, Hurt Hero, Splattered Spy, Baffled Bishop, Noxious Knight, Crazed Queen, KO’d King and Chess King. Now for your last trophy, Character Celebration, play a game with the Adventure Mode Chess set that you won. Go back to the Starter screen>>Options>>Visuals>> Skins>>Adventure. Set your skins to Adventure and now go play a game. Ping you just got your platinum.


Chess Programs that are available (freeware):
Glaurung Chess 2.1 for the Mac
Sigma Chess 6.1.3 for the Mac
Glaurung Chess 1.0.1 for the Iphone and Ipod
ChessBase Lite for Windows. Complicated but works.

The programs listed above will set-up and solve all the situations required for the platinum.
I have tested each program above to see if they would complete the tasks required.
You set up each game for the above program to play white and you play black. Next step you need to enter the above programs move as white into Fritz Chess program. When Fritz Chess responds you need to enter this move into the program above.
I had purchased a different App for my Iphone before I picked up this game. PM me if you would like to know which program I had used. I had no problem completeing any of these challenges with this iphone App.
Majority of the chess games that you can purchase will do the trick.


[top]Trophies

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100 %
Collect all the trophies in Fritz Chess to unlock this platinum trophy.

You guys should no the routine by now. Earn all the trophies listed below and this trophy will pop up.

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Beginner
Win 1 match

You only need to win 1 game for this trophy to pop up.
There are a couple ways to go about this. You can play on your own.
Since Fritz Chess ELO 400 is very repititous you can follow the procedure below it never varies.
There are several people who have claimed to figure out a 5 move procedure. It is a pretty simplistic variation from the 4 move checkmate. So to claim responsibility for a variation of a move over a hundred of years old is pretty hilarious.
Your approach to winning in 5 moves is to follow the 4 move variation. You start out with the typical pawn move. Now since ELO 400 moves his pawn out to where he does as shown below. You have to take him. Now you can get back to the original 4 move checkmate with one extra move.

Or follow these steps:

5 Moves
Start at opening screen>>Fritz Chess>>Vs Fritz Chess>>Free Chess>>Classic>>Fred ELO 400>>No Clock>>Ready
Use to switch to 2D. You can also choose Fritz Chess>>Vs Fritz Chess>>Fritz ELO Chess>>No Clock>>ELO 400>>Ready but you can not save under this choice. See "Fastest Shooter" below. These two type of games count toward this goal all others do not.

Your Move-------------------Fritz Move
E2-E3--------------------------B7-B5
F1-B5(take pawn)----------G8-F6
B5-C4--------------------------F6-G4
D1-F3--------------------------C8-B7
F3-F7(checkmate)

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Up and Comer
Win 5 matches

Follow the process above for 1 game and win 4 more and this trophy will pop up.

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Professional
Win 10 matches

You need to notch 10 wins or follow the “Beginner” process above 10 times.

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Expert
Win 15 matches

You need to notch 15 wins or follow the “Beginner” process above 15 times.

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Veteran
Win 20 matches

You need to notch 20 wins or follow the “Beginner” process above 20 times.

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Venerable Master
Win 25 matches

You need to notch 25 wins or follow the “Beginner” process above 25 times.

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Quick and Deadly
Win 1 match without Time Limit in under 10 minutes.

See information in "Fastest Shooter" for details.

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Fastest Shooter
Win 1 match without Time Limit in under 5 minutes.

Fred and the ELO 400 computer are a little too smart for the typical 4 move checkmate.

5 Moves
Start at opening screen>>Fritz Chess>>Vs Fritz Chess>>Free Chess>>Classic>>Fred ELO 400>>No Clock>>Ready
Use to switch to 2D
Your Move-------------------Fritz Move
E2-E3--------------------------B7-B5
F1-B5(take pawn)----------G8-F6
B5-C4--------------------------F6-G4
D1-F3--------------------------C8-B7
F3-F7(checkmate)
Save Game
Exit
Go back to opening screen>>Fritz Chess>>Load Game
Choose game you just saved.
Press
Review Game
Press Fast rewind
Press Play
Exit game
Trophies will pop up.

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Bully
Win 1 match against an opponent with an ELO less than 500

This trophy will pop up if you followed the procedure in the “Beginner” trophy.
See “Legendary Fighter” for more details.

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Conniver
Win 1 match against an opponent with an ELO 1000 or higher.

Go to
Opening Screen>>Fritz Chess>>VS Fritz Chess>>Fritz ELO Chess
Now set the ELO to 1000. The trophy will pop-up after the win. If you have a problem defeating the program you can easily use one of the programs listed above.

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Giant Killer
Win 1 match against an opponent with an ELO 1500 or higher.

Go to
Opening Screen>>Fritz Chess>>VS Fritz Chess>>Fritz ELO Chess
Now set the ELO to 1500. The trophy will pop-up after the win. As listed above, if you have a problem defeating the program you can easily use one of the programs listed above.

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Legendary Fighter
Win 1 match against an opponent with an ELO 2000 or higher

Go to
Fritz Chess>>VS Fritz Chess>>Fritz ELO Chess
Now set the ELO to 2100. For some reason if you set the the ELO to 2000 the trophy will not pop up. At least for me it didn't. When I played another game and set the ELO to 2100 the trophy popped up.
The trophy will pop-up after the win. As listed above, if you have a problem defeating the program you can easily use one of the programs listed above.
Since trophies are stackable, if you play this one first. You will have string of trophies pop up.

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David against Goliath
Win at Free Chess against an opponent with an ELO higher than yours.

Once you have played the 5 move game a couple of times. You should have earned an ELO rating of 800. Go To statistics and see what rating you have obtained. You should have already earned this trophy with any of the above trophies.

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Apprentice
Solve 10 puzzles.

Go to Main Screen.
Fritz Chess>>Chess Puzzles here you have 4 options:
Mate in 1
Best Move
Medium
Hard

Mate in 1 is by far the easiest. If you have any experience in the game of Chess this shouldn’t be a problem. If this is confusing just move any piece until you find the right move. You can not go wrong. It will not fail you, just keep moving pieces until you find the right one. Same with the others, you will not fail. Now just solve 9 more like it.

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Disciple
Solve 30 puzzles.

See description under Apprentice.

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Scholastic
Solve 45 puzzles.

See description under Apprentice.
Back down to a bronze after getting a silver for Disciple? What gives? lol

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Knowledgeable
Solve 60 puzzles.

See description under Apprentice.

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Tough opponent
Win 30 matches.

You need to notch 30 wins or follow the “Beginner” process above 30 times.

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Respected Opponent
Win 35 matches.

You need to notch 35 wins or follow the “Beginner” process above 35 times.

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Duellist
Win 40 matches

You need to notch 40 wins or follow the “Beginner” process above 40 times.

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Devastating attack
Capture all the pieces in a game of Classic Chess.

Take all your opponents pieces before you check mate them. This means every single piece and checkmate the King. Remember that a pawn taken all they way across the board can be exchanged for a queen. No limitations on how many queens you can have. (Well there is 9, 1 queen and 8 exchanged pawns)

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Chess Fan
Play 20 games

Basically just play 20 games. Win, lose or resign. You should have earned this trophy on your way to your 40 wins.

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Crazy about Chess
Play 50 games

Basically just play 50 games. Win, lose or resign. You should have 40 wins, just play 10 more.

[top]
Chess Addict
Play 100 games

Basically just play 100 games. Win, lose or resign.

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Gored Guard
Defeat the Guard

First up is Trooper. Since he is in a hurry for shift change you have to play a game of blitz. You start out with 5:00 minutes. Trooper can easily be defeated by the 5 move approach listed below.
Your Move-------------------Fritz Move
E2-E3--------------------------B7-B5
F1-B5(take pawn)----------G8-F6
B5-C4--------------------------F6-G4
D1-F3--------------------------C8-B7
F3-F7(checkmate)
Time to watch the theatrics and get your Double Bladed Axe or press to skip.

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Brutalized Brute
Defeat the Brute

Next up is Brute. He doesn’t know how to set up his pieces. Any of the programs above will allow you to position your pieces as shown in his game. So you are stuck playing in unfamiliar territory. The rules haven’t changed. The method of play remains the same. I was hoping for some repetitious set-up, but the set up changes from game to game. Win and its time to watch the theatrics and get your Battle Sword or press to skip.

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Jeered Jester
Defeat the Jester

Your next opponent is the Court Jester. Now the Court Jester has another mixed up approach to setting up the pieces. The rules haven’t changed. The method of play remains the same. Now you need to win and watch the cut scenes to collect your Jesterette or Bauble or press to skip.

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Mashed Merchant
Defeat the Merchant

Next the Merchant has a different challenge for you. You will have to solve 3 of his 7 puzzles. Solve his “Best Move” puzzles and you win his glass eye or press to skip.

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Hurt Hero
Defeat the Hero

Now you have the Hero to face. His challenge is a little different. You are down to the last of your pieces. You must avoid checkmate for 10 moves, force a stalemate or checkmate him.
Once you win and watch the cut scene you will get his marble bust or press to skip.

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Splattered Spy
Defeat the Spy

Next the Spy has a different challenge for you, similar to those of the Mashed Merchant. You will have to solve 5 of his 12 puzzles. Solve his “Mate in 1” puzzles and you win his Mask.

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Baffled Bishop
Defeat the Bishop

This should be placed after the Noxious Knight trophy. You will battle the bishop after you have defeated the Noxious Knight below.
Here you have to solve 7 of 16 Best Possible Movement puzzles. This will be one of the more daunting tasks that you will have to do in this game. All pretty much Medium difficulty. You have 10 guesses to get each puzzle right. Once you win you will get his Book of Wisdom.

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Noxious Knight
Defeat the Black Knight

This trophy comes before the Baffled Bishop, even though they are improperly set up on the XMB list.
The Knight has a whole different approach when it comes to chess. Object here is to lose, yes lose all your pieces. Force you opponent to take your pieces. If you can take a piece you must. All pieces will follow the rules of movement. So put yourself in to position to be taken and when you win you will win his Black Helmet.

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Crazed Queen
Defeat the White Queen

Now time to take on the queen. She also plays a mixed up style. She calls it Chess Blitz 960.
So you are also under the clock. Keep the game going an you should do just fine. You will win her crown or tiara if you prefer.

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KO’d King
Defeat the Black King

Back to a normal game of chess, time to put all your skills to a test or just use a program and defeat the King. You need to set your opposing program to an ELO of 2100 or higher. In other words just set it to the highest ELO available. Once you have defeated the king you will get his Sceptor.

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Chess King
Complete the Adventure Mode

Now that you have defeated the King, you have finished the Adventure Mode. This trophy should pop up will pop up right after KO’d King .

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Character Celebration
Play a game with the Adventure set

Now you should be down to your last trophy.
Go to opening screen>>Options>>Visuals>>Skins>>Adventure

Back out>>Fritz Chess>>Vs Fritz Chess>>Free Chess or Fritz ELO Chess
Now play a game and your trophy will pop up. You can play a simple game listed under "Beginner".



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