The Chessmaster 2000

Moby ID: 10

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This iteration of the Chessmaster series offers a strong chess opponent at 12 skill levels, catering for novices to grandmasters. Its many features include an opening library built around 71,000 moves and the ability to print out the move history.

To help novices there is a teach mode showing all legal moves, a hint move offering what the computer feels is a strong move, and the chance for the Chessmaster to analyse all previous moves in a game. Famous real-life game positions and pre-set challenges offer individual challenges.

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Average score: 86% (based on 5 ratings)


Average score: 3.6 out of 5 (based on 38 ratings with 1 reviews)

My favorate of the Chessmaster series.

The Good
Chessmaster was the first computer chess game I ever played, and I was addicted from the start. Back in the days of Intel 8088's with 256K of RAM, Chessmaster was a good contender for an amature chess player like myself. This game had no bells and whistles like annoying music and overpowering sound effects. There was a single CGA screen with a top down view and good images of the pieces. The board was quite easy to focus on without being distracted by the other information displayed.

Expect a good fight on the higher levels. I could almost always win up to level 4, but after that it got harder and I never won past level 6, except once on level 7. On level 9, this program can beat 99.9% non ranked (and even some ranked) players. So before you waste your money on Chessmaster 6000, ask yourself what you get with those extra 400MIPS. The answer of course is annoying multimedia, the absense full screen gameplay and cluttered windows overflowing with useless information that distract from the simplicity and beauty of the game "Chess".

The Bad
On the lower levels Chessmaster would sometimes play very predictable and consistant moves. I found that a few games could be reproduced quite often to checkmate in about 10-20 turns. While these games didn't improve my chess, the speed at which I could beat the machine did impress quite a few people. :)

The Bottom Line
Chess master is a good chess program for someone who knows the basics of chess and wants to improve their game to help them crush a human opponent when the chance presents itself. The simple layout of the program makes it easy to get playing and stay focused on the game.

DOS · by Brian Hirt (10403) · 1999



  • Computer Gaming World
    • March 1988 (Issue #45) – Introduced into the Hall of Fame
    • November 1996 (15h anniversary issue) - #46 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
  • ST Format
    • May 1990 (Issue #10) - Included in the list "ST Format's 30 Kick-Ass Classics"

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Game added by Brian Hirt.

MSX added by Kohler 86. ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC added by Martin Smith. Atari ST, Amiga, Commodore 64, Macintosh, Apple II added by Terok Nor. Atari 8-bit added by Multimedia Mike.

Additional contributors: PCGamer77, Patrick Bregger, Jo ST.

Game added March 1st, 1999. Last modified August 12th, 2023.