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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 SNES Oops! That's not allowed.
The Chessmaster Game Gear The Actions screen.
The Chessmaster NES A mode where the player can add, move, and remove pieces to set up the board to there liking before playing it
The Chessmaster SNES Black's queen takes my pawn.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Sega Chess" -- Brazilian Game Gear title
  • "チェスマスター" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Joystick (French) Game Boy Apr, 1991 98 out of 100 98
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
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Zero Game Boy Sep, 1991 89 out of 100 89
Nintendo Magasinet (Sweden) NES Jun, 1991 4 out of 5 80
Video Games NES Jun, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Play Time Game Gear Apr, 1992 75 out of 100 75
Megablast Game Gear 1992 75 out of 100 75
64 Power / big.N / N Games Game Boy Nov, 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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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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