Software of the year, five stars for Fritz

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9/18/2003 – Game Industry News has reviewed our program Fritz 8. Their conclusion: "Fritz earns 5 GiN Gems for being one of the most entertaining, informative and easy to use chess games on the market today." And Parenting Magazine has chosen Fritz & Chesster as a winner of the magazine’s prestigious “Software of the Year” awards. More...

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Fritz 8 is brains and beauty

By: Karen Rosenberry, GiN Product Reviewer

The Fritz 8 chess game is a powerful teacher of chess, and also a powerful opponent. Many times during my tests I felt like a grandmaster was sitting the room with me, analyzing my every move. I can safely say that I am a better chess player because of my experience with Fritz 8.

News Release

Viva Media’s Learn To Play Chess With Fritz & Chesster awarded with Parenting Magazine’s “Software of the Year” Honors

September 9, 2003 – From hundreds of new software titles rigorously tested by Parenting’s technology and children’s software experts, Learn To Play Chess With Fritz & Chesster was selected as a winner of the magazine’s prestigious “Software of the Year” awards, featured in the October 2003 issue.

“The titles chosen for Parenting’s ‘Software of the Year’ exemplify the best mix of creativity, originality, skill-building and most importantly – fun,” said Janet Chan, editorial director of The Parenting Group and editor-in-chief of Parenting. In its review of Learn To Play Chess With Fritz & Chesster, Parenting noted, “Sometimes software outshines the real thing. No chess teacher is more patient or powerful than Fritz…” Eve Seber, Viva Media Vice President, commented that, “We are thrilled to offer parents and teachers an important learning tool that kids really enjoy playing.”

About Learn To Play Chess With Fritz & Chesster

King for a day! Fritz is in charge of the castle when his parents go on vacation. It's every kid's dream until the dastardly King Black challenges the young stand-in king to a duel! Explore the kingdom and discover 7 arcade-style games that explain everything from chess basics to master strategies. Exercise your brain and put what you've learned to the test in the Intelligym, a training ground for future chess pros. You'll soon realize that this chess game is anything but child's play!

  • Designed with the World's #1 Highest Rated Chess Software
  • Suitable for players of all levels
  • Free 1 year full access to the internet chess server with product registration!
About Viva Media:

Viva Media, LLC is a privately owned New York company dedicated to publishing a wide array of interactive content of the highest standards. The company's collection of more than 40 multimedia titles tout more than 30 awards for excellence in publishing. Viva Media features the award winning line of Tivola Publishing CD-ROM games and the Viva range of titles including Viva Chess, Viva Adventure, and Viva Kids.

About Parenting

Parenting, honored with the 2003 National Magazine Award for General Excellence (circulation 2 million +) from the American Society of Magazine Editors, is the flagship magazine of the Parenting Group. The Group also includes the monthly BabyTalk and its related publications Healthy Pregnancy and the BabyTalk Guides, and First Moments, the largest sampling operation in the country targeted to mothers. The Parenting Group's other extensions include a website,; Parenting TV; and a custom publishing unit. Taken cumulatively, Parenting Group properties deliver nearly 21 million consumer touchpoints each month. The Group is a division of Time Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL Time Warner Inc.

Media Contacts:  
Linda Weal
Viva Media
(212) 431-4420 x 201

Catherine McManus
The Parenting Group
(212) 522-0993

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