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U.S.C.F. Chess is fantastic for both beginning and advanced players. Its in-depth tutorials will teach new players the basics and skill chess enthusiasts will find the computer a challenging opponent. With the ability to play across a network or the Internet, you have a top-notch package that is hard to beat.
Players possessing a high-caliber of chess savvy can benefit from this alliance and earn rating points usable in actual tournament play, but beginning or even intermediate players may want to look elsewhere. USCF Chess is geared for the experienced player and won't coddle the novice.
There are better chess games on the market to be sure. While chess is a simple game, it still needs attention to certain details in order to play out effectively as a computer game. USCF Chess has some nice ideas, and the backing of an important organization, but the implementation was simply not put together very well. Since things like FX and music don’t play much of a role, the game relies heavily on its clean look and the ability to perform simple tasks easily. In my opinion, it fell short on both accounts. A patch might fix some of the gameplay, interface, and intelligence issues, but the game still lacks savvy. There are definitely better computer chess games on the market.