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Chess DOS White or Black?


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Chess is one of the oldest PC games ever made: it was written in March, 1980 and converted to IBM PC in December, 1981. This is probably the very first chess game running in MS-DOS.

Taking it's age into account, it's no surprise that the game features only text-mode graphics. The chess board and the pieces are drawn using ASCII characters. For the same reason, it's also no surprise that the user input is based just on keyboard commands.

In Chess there is no multiplayer mode - you play only against the computer. As usual, in this kind of game, you can select the A.I.'s skill level.

The game offers 24 difficulty levels.


Chess TRS-80 Struggle for control over the center
Chess TRS-80 Second page of instructions. The game has an impressive number of features for its age.
Chess DOS White or Black?
Chess DOS Starting a game.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Chess C.4" -- Name in the original TRS-80 code

User Reviews

No game genre is immune to bad design. DOS Nélio (2075)

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Source code

Chess' full source code is only 376 lines long!

Related Web Sites

  • Chess' source code. (The game's source code can be obtained here (but with some strange formating).)
Contributed to by Baron Rastignak (117) and Bojan Basic (2)