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Master Chess

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Amstrad CPC
Atari 8-bit
Commodore 64
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The ancient game of chess is recreated here, with all the traditional rules and game concepts. The game is in 2D, as the programmers felt this was the most effective use of available memory. Controls involve moving a pointer over the square to move a piece from, pressing space, then moving to the destination square and pressing space again. You can set the amount of time players (human and computer) have to plan moves, although an over-ride option to force a move instantly also exists. You can save and reload games, and at any point can move pieces either from current settings or from scratch, to completely customise the game or play out classic positions.


Master Chess Amstrad CPC Do you want white or black?
Master Chess Commodore 16, Plus/4 Moved the pawn first.
Master Chess ZX Spectrum Board setup mode - chess fans will notice the unrealistic bishop spots
Master Chess MSX How many seconds per move?

Alternate Titles

  • "Masterchess" -- Media title

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The Press Says

ATARImagazin Atari 8-bit May, 1987 3 out of 6 60
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 27 out of 100 27


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According to the magazine Retro Gamer (issue #1), the game was Mastertronic's #22 best selling game (167.601 copies).
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