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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 Boy Title screen.
The Chessmaster Game Boy Setting up a board.
The Chessmaster SNES White's king is checkmated. Black wins.
The Chessmaster SNES Oops! That's not allowed.

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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

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Game Boy Jul, 1991 96 out of 100 96
Play Time Game Boy Jun, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Total!! UK Magazine Game Boy Jan, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Video Games Game Boy Mar, 1991 81 out of 100 81
Joystick (French) SNES Apr, 1992 80 out of 100 80
Power Play NES Mar, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Power Play Game Boy Mar, 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
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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