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Chessmaster 9000 (Windows)

ESRB Rating
Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Great way to play chess when all your friends think they're too cool for it! Pixelspeech (955) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 4.7
Effectiveness How effective the educational game is when it comes to teaching (does the player actually learn anything, etc.) 4.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.3
Overall User Score (3 votes) 4.1

Critic Reviews

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FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
Yes, that's a score of 100% ladies and gentlemen. Now, before you slam my criticism (or lack of, in this case), my score should be considered relative to computer games about chess not to computer games in general. I am NOT saying that Chessmaster 9000 is the greatest game ever made for any system, but I do believe that it's the most comprehensive chess game ever made with more features than most people would even think of utilizing. So, when you see the 100%, think to yourself.As far as chess games go, this is perfection.
Game Chronicles
That’s about the size of it folks, desk reference, tutorial, and skilled opponent, with more bang for the bite and all of it in a handsome yet modest package. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a match with Ben that we have to get in before his afternoon nap.
Oavsett om man är en riktig nybörjare eller Kasparovs arvtagare erbjuder det här paketet inte bara på passande motstånd, utan det lär en även ett knep eller två. Den enda varningsflaggen vi utfärdar är ifall du redan äger CM8000. I så fall finns det inte så stor anledning att köpa den här versionen också.
In the end, it's still chess. You like it or you don't. But while there are a few small issues with the game, you're not going to find a better chess player -- or tutor -- on the market. Add to that all the options you're given, and Chessmaster 9000 is the perfect product for new players and veterans alike.
PC Gamer UK
Highly polished chess action that will keep your boredom in check for many a month.
First-time Chessmaster purchasers, on the other hand, aren't going to find a better chess product out there. The version you pick doesn't really matter, as they are all top-notch products. Just look for the price that fits you, and rest assured that whatever version you end up with, is going to offer you a first class experience that's both fun and educational. Chessmaster 9000 is the latest in this fine series, and if you get it, you will have the best of a top-tier line of chess games.
Dan and I recently had a debate while he was reviewing Emperor. There wasn't any doubt that the game was good, but Dan wondered whether or not to criticize the game for not adding much to the eight-title series. The trick is in evaluating the game on its own merits while still being mindful of the need to progress from one title to another.
Oricum, Chessmaster rămâne, din punctul meu de vedere, singura alegere viabilă atunci când mă gândesc la un program de șah pentru amatori, și va rămâne pe calculatorul meu mult timp... sau poate numai până va apărea versiunea aniversară cu patru zerouri.
Joystick (French)
Ultra-complet, ultra-performant, ce nouveau Chessmaster est un outil idéal pour les joueurs d'échecs de tout niveau. Il se paye même le luxe d'être plutôt joli en proposant des dizaines d'échiquiers et de formes de pièces différentes, le tout en 3D avec reflet en temps réel, s'il vous plaît.
UOL Jogos
"Chessmaster 9000", como dito antes, é o melhor jogo de xadrez para computador. Se você gosta do jogo e é fluente no inglês, o título é uma excelente aquisição. Mas fãs de "Chessmaster 8000" devem ficar atentos: o jogo central não mudou quase nada desde a versão anterior.
Si vous ne deviez posséder qu'un seul logiciel de jeu d'Echecs sur PC, Chessmaster serait sans doute celui-là. Niveaux de jeu adaptés à tous, des capacités évidentes de "professeur d'échecs", bases de données de parties et de finales très pratiques... Seule l'interface graphique pêche par sa lourdeur. A moins de 50 euros, CM9000 n'a aucun concurrent digne de ce nom sur le marché grand public (en attendant Virtua Chess 3). Mais pour 5 euros de plus, vous pouvez vous offrir un Fritz 8 !!!
Thunderbolt Games
One must admit that Chessmaster 9000 serves well and for quite a time, but one can't deny that it's not worth the money if you have a satisfying chess game, say, Chessmaster 7000, because chess remains chess. But those who are looking for their first chess game shouldn't hesitate, this game is the complete package; it teaches them how to play, how to become good players, and how to get their butts kicked. Also, serious players who want to raise their skill to competitive level should check this one out too, as the tutorials combined with the powerful challenge will surely benefit them.
Chessmaster 9000 is great, though isn't it always? I am not sure why they turn out new version so often. Perhaps insecurity. There are loads of features in this one. For newbies, there is teaching and great resources. For seasoned players, there are resources of a different kind. Having Josh walk you through his thought process was amazing for a player like myself. That was truly enriching. But, to many players, such things will be boring and useless. Listening to someone talk about playing chess ranks right up there with watching people catch fish on TV.
If you're looking to pick up your first chess simulation, the decision is simple--no other product delivers the ease of use and instructional value of Chessmaster 9000. And if you own Chessmaster 8000, you might want to get Chessmaster 9000 to take your game to the next level with the new game's endgame database generator and seamless multiplayer interface.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
All in all, though, you won’t find a better program for increasing your knowledge and appreciation of the ancient and amazing game of chess. Chessmaster 9000 is filled with the resources you need to improve your performance against other players but falls a bit short as a complete package because of its unforgiving AI.