The Chessmaster

aka: Sega Chess
Moby ID: 32636
NES Specs
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The Chessmaster is a game where the player has the chance to play against the CPU controlled Chessmaster at a standard game of chess.

To play the game, the player must pick up the chess pieces with their hand cursor and place it in the desired location, within the rules of a standard chess game. There are 16 different difficulty levels, including 2 beginner levels, 13 standard levels (ranging from an average of 5 seconds to 4.5 minutes per shot depending on level), and an infinite level that will keep thinking of a shot until a perfect shot can be made or it is forced to make a move. There is also a teaching mode that shows the player all the possible moves with the selected piece. Two players can play against each other with two controllers and there is also an option for letting the Chessmaster play against itself.


  • チェスマスター - Japanese spelling

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Credits (NES version)

Music Composer & Arranger (uncredited)
Music Programmer (uncredited)



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In the NES version, the title music (and pretty much the only music in the game) is an 8-bit version of the instrumental song Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet.


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by beetle120.

SNES added by Charly2.0. Game Gear, Game Boy added by chirinea. Genesis added by Ms. Tea.

Additional contributors: chirinea, DOS Boot, Patrick Bregger, Rik Hideto.

Game added February 15, 2008. Last modified April 8, 2024.