Kelly, I'll be in touch to get your game to you. Sorry I couldn't post before. I drew the name yesterday, but Blogger was having a tantrum! Thanks to everyone for your interest. This is an awesome game. Try it out on your iPhone - Android version is coming out soon!
In honor of my new blog design, I am going to offer a giveaway.
Solitaire Chess is a great game for kids or adults. I actually bought it from Brookstone for my son for Christmas because I thought it was so unique and interesting. I think I paid like $30 for it because Brookstone is a pricey place, but it is available for a lot less from ThinkFun.com.
My son has always been fascinated with Chess and was actually in the Chess Club at his school, but I don't often have time to play with him and he doesn't really enjoy the on-line versions of it, so half the time, he ends up playing against himself - hey, at least he wins that way!
Solitaire Chess is a great game for kids like mine who don't always have someone to play against. It's easy to play and is a great way to teach the basic moves of Chess. Plus I love the fact that it is portable and self-contained. The pieces all snap into a tray in the bottom of the game and the cards store under the board, so it isn't as likely to get scattered all around as the traditional board game. Plus there are a lot fewer pieces.
The way you play it is like this. You choose a card and slide it under the game board. Then you take out the pieces that are shown - usually 3 or 4 pieces. Then you move each piece using traditional Chess moves. Each move must result in a "capture" and you want to end up with only one piece left on the board. There is an answer key included if you get stuck. (I had to hide it because Blake gets "stuck" very easily if the answers are too easily available!) I played it a few times myself and I found it to be a nice little brain teaser. The patterns increase in difficulty, so you will want to start out with the easy ones for kids who are learning their chess moves and the more difficult ones for adults who want the challenge.
Now, obviously you want to win the actual game from me, but even if you don't win it, you are still a winner because there are other options available. Solitaire Chess is now available as an iPhone App. The Droid version is in development and is expected to be available next month. So you can have it on your phone where ever you go.
Or, if you don't have a smartphone, you can play it online, along with several other popular games at ThinkFun.com. Be sure and "Like" their Think Fun Facebook page as well.
To win the board game version, please let me a comment telling me why you would like to win this game for your family. For extra entries, tell me if you Liked their Facebook page (1 entry), tried the online or iPhone version (1 entry), or if you are a new or current Follower of my blog (1 entry). I'll give you an extra entry if you share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter.
I'll leave this open for a while. I think I'll draw the winner on May 10th. US Entries only (sorry, but foreign postage is a bugger these days!) Good luck.