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The ancient game of chess is recreated here, with all the traditional rules and game concepts. The game is in 2D, as the programmers felt this was the most effective use of available memory. Controls involve moving a pointer over the square to move a piece from, pressing space, then moving to the destination square and pressing space again. You can set the amount of time players (human and computer) have to plan moves, although an over-ride option to force a move instantly also exists. You can save and reload games, and at any point can move pieces either from current settings or from scratch, to completely customise the game or play out classic positions.


Master Chess Atari 8-bit Black has moved a pawn from D7 to D6.
Master Chess Atari 8-bit I've moved the pawn at B2 to B4.
Master Chess Atari 8-bit Do you want white or black?
Master Chess Atari 8-bit How many seconds per move?

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Alternate Titles

  • "Masterchess" -- Media title

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ATARImagazin May, 1987 3 out of 6 60


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According to the magazine Retro Gamer (issue #1), the game was Mastertronic's #22 best selling game (167.601 copies).
Kabushi (209748) added Master Chess (Atari 8-bit) on Feb 28, 2006
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