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 NES The options screen, from here the player can edit the difficulty and number of players among other things
The Chessmaster Game Boy The Settings screen.
The Chessmaster NES The start of the game
The Chessmaster Game Boy Moving my knight.

Alternate Titles

  • "Sega Chess" -- Brazilian Game Gear title

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Joystick (French) Game Boy Apr, 1991 98 out of 100 98
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 Gear May, 1992 81 out of 100 81
Video Games Game Boy Mar, 1991 81 out of 100 81
Joystick (French) SNES Apr, 1992 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Game Boy Mar, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Power Play NES Mar, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Video Games NES Jun, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Nintendo Life Game Boy Sep 05, 2010 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 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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