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The Chessmaster 2000

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Apple II
Amstrad CPC
ZX Spectrum
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This iteration of the Chessmaster series offers a strong chess opponent at 12 skill levels, catering for novices to grandmasters. Its many features include an opening library built around 71,000 moves and the ability to print out the move history.

To help novices there is a teach mode showing all legal moves, a hint move offering what the computer feels is a strong move, and the chance for the Chessmaster to analyse all previous moves in a game. Famous real-life game positions and pre-set challenges offer individual challenges.


The Chessmaster 2000 ZX Spectrum The move pattern of the knight - protecting my pawn
The Chessmaster 2000 DOS End Credits
The Chessmaster 2000 DOS The main options menu.  Almost every submenu has as many choices
The Chessmaster 2000 Commodore 64 Selecting a piece shows its move options such as this pawn

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My favorate of the Chessmaster series. DOS Brian Hirt (10019)

The Press Says

Examiner DOS May 02, 2012 5 out of 5 100
Tilt Atari ST Jun, 1987 18 out of 20 90
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Oct, 1987 86 out of 100 86
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Oct, 1987 84 out of 100 84
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Oct, 1987 81 out of 100 81
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Oct, 1987 70 out of 100 70
The DOS Spirit DOS Nov 02, 2008 4 out of 6 67


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  • Computer Gaming World
    • March 1988 (Issue #45) – Introduced into the Hall of Fame
    • November 1996 (15h anniversary issue) - #46 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list

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