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UbiSoft PCPowerPlay PC Game Guide:
    The Chessmaster series has been, since the first appearance for the PC in 1986, the most successful and realistic PC chess game available. Over 5 million copies have been sold, and too many awards to keep track of. Chess federations around the world have, time and time again, applauded its ability to both challenge experienced players and teach new players the ropes.

    Like every successful series of games, each incarnation of Chessmaster builds upon the last one. Chessmaster 9000 is no exception. An impressive number of opponents (over 150!), including opponents from beginner to Grandmaster level is sure to give all levels of player a challenge. With AI like this, losing to even the lowest skill level computer opponent is nothing to be ashamed of (yet it is - Ed.). New features designed to help beginners improve their play abound - including a "blunder alert" feature, that alerts players to any mistakes they have made as they make them to ensure similar errors can be avoided. An improved "mentor" mode is available, allowing players to customise the level of expert advice they want, and over 800 classic games (including the best of the 2001 and 2002 Grandmaster games) are available for viewing - watch and learn from the best in the world!

    Perhaps the most exciting feature of Chessmaster 9000 is the strong multiplayer modes available through A worldwide ladder adds the all important competition element, while also serving as a good way for players to challenge other players around their skill level. Tournaments will be organised - both rated and unrated - and players will always have the option of playing a game not counted towards their overall ranking.

    Fact: Chessmaster 9000 also includes a guide on the "Psychology of Competition" as written by International Master Josh Waltzkin

    Contributed by Jeanne (76590) on May 18, 2005.

Back of Box - Windows (US):

    Master History's Greatest Game

    More Fun Than Ever
    • New Psychology of Competition Chess Course.

    • True-3D chess sets and special sets just for fun.

    • QuickStart play.

    • Rated games on

    • New Blindfold chess.

    • New random opponent feature.

    • Test your skills with the New Endgame Quiz from five-time chess champ, Larry Evans.

    • Over 60 New Chess sets and boards

    Learn from International Master Josh Waltzkin

    The Teacher: For beginning and advanced players
    • Learn the best opening moves and winning strategies.
    • Improve your game with the New Blunder Alert feature.
    • Receive hints and easy-to-understand audio advice.

    The Mentor: Master the game of kings
    • New Mentor Lines window for choosing the depth of advice.
    • Innovative tutorials from celebrated chess coach, Bruce Pandolfini.
    • Study over 800 classic and Grandmaster games.

    The Ultimate Opponent: More powerful than ever
    • Compete with over 150 opponents from beginner to Grandmaster-level.
    • Customize your own opponent.
    • Challenge the Chessmaster and play at the highest level.

    Contributed by Jeanne (76590) on May 18, 2005.