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Chessmaster 5000 (Windows)

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Chessmaster 5000 is the 10th Anniversary release of the game.

This implementation features a revised Windows interface, new tutorials, a new chess database with over twenty seven thousand entries, new time controls, sound effects and music.

The game can be played against an AI opponent, against another person or against a remote player.

The game's documentation lists the following as the top fifteen new features of this game;
  • New engine optimised for a 32-bit Pentium
  • New graphics including more than ten new chess sets both 2D and 3D plus a number of new boards
  • A new chess database with twenty seven thousand entries. This is not installed with the game, it stays on the CD-ROM
  • Over 20 new tutorial courses written by Eric Schller, the Californian State Champion
  • A new Windows 95 interface which makes use of pop-up menus and context sensitive help. Chessmaster 5000 also supports long file names
  • A NEW Coach window which shows a quick summary of all possible moves.
  • Custom True Type chess font which lets Chessmaster 5000 support figurine notation and embedded board diagrams in annotations.
  • Over sixty new opening books customised to simulate the play of a famous grand master.
  • Over thirty new personalities of all levels
  • New time controls including the Fischer time control, the hourglass time control and a new LCD-style digital clock in addition to the analog clocks.
  • Two thousand named opening variations, a great increase on earlier versions which recognised two hundred. Among the new openings are the hippopotamus, the tumbleweed gambit, and the Latvian Defence/Corkscrew counter gambit
  • A glossary with over sixteen hundred entries
  • Enhanced annotator now generates summary statistics for the game and additional commentary on inadvisable moves.


Chessmaster 5000 Windows The main game screen showing some of the options available via the menu bar
Chessmaster 5000 Windows When Chessmaster 5000 starts for the first time it opens with this window
Chessmaster 5000 Windows An alternate chess set and board. Some chess sets are not compatible with all boards so the game selects a default board
Chessmaster 5000 Windows Players can create their own board with this option

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Alternate Titles

  • "国际象棋大师5000" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Schach" -- Hörzu Software release title
  • "Guoji Xiangqi Dashi 5000" -- Chinese title

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Critic Reviews

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Sep, 1996 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameSpot Aug 23, 1996 9.4 out of 10 94
Gameplay (Benelux) Feb 01, 1997 87 out of 100 87
Joystick (French) Oct, 1996 84 out of 100 84
Power Play Sep, 1996 81 out of 100 81
HappyPuppy Dec 18, 1996 8 out of 10 80
High Score Jan, 1997 4 out of 5 80
PC Joker Feb, 1997 76 out of 100 76
PC Games Nov, 1996 B 75
Computer Games Magazine 1997 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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Brian Hirt (10064) added Chessmaster 5000 (Windows) on Mar 01, 1999