The Chessmaster

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The Chessmaster is a game where the player has the chance to play against the CPU controlled Chessmaster at a standard game of chess.

To play the game the player must pick up the chess pieces with there hand cursor and place it in the desired location, within the rules a standard chess game. There are 16 different difficulty levels that includes 2 beginner levels, 13 standard levels (ranging from an average of 5 seconds to 4.5 minutes per shot depending on level), and a infinite level that will keep thinking of a shot until a perfect shot can be made or it is forced to move. There is also a teaching mode that shows the player all the possible moves with the selected piece. Two players can play each other with two controllers and there is also an option of letting the Chessmaster play itself.


The Chessmaster Game Gear Setting up a board.
The Chessmaster NES The War Room view where the player can see past moves, captured pieces, and a chance to see the Chessmaster ‘think’ in the top right.
The Chessmaster SNES Black's queen takes my pawn.
The Chessmaster NES The options screen, from here the player can edit the difficulty and number of players among other things

Alternate Titles

  • "Sega Chess" -- Brazilian Game Gear title

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) Game Boy Jul, 1991 96 out of 100 96
Sega Force Game Gear Sep, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Total!! UK Magazine Game Boy Jan, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Zero Game Boy Sep, 1991 89 out of 100 89
Video Games Game Boy Mar, 1991 81 out of 100 81
Power Play NES Mar, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Power Play Game Boy Mar, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Video Games NES Jun, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Megablast Game Gear 1992 75 out of 100 75
Nintendo Power Magazine Game Boy Apr, 1991 3.5 out of 5 70


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In the NES version, the title music (and pretty much the only music in the game) is an 8-bit version of the instrumental song Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
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