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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.


The Chessmaster SNES Title screen
The Chessmaster Game Boy Setting up a board.
The Chessmaster Game Boy Moving my knight.
The Chessmaster Game Gear The Settings screen.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Sega Chess" -- Brazilian Game Gear title
  • "チェスマスター" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews Game Gear May 23, 2016 9 out of 10 90
Play Time Game Boy Jun, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Raze Game Boy Sep, 1991 87 out of 100 87
Game Mania Game Gear May, 1993 82 out of 100 82
Video Games Game Gear May, 1992 81 out of 100 81
Joystick (French) SNES Apr, 1992 80 out of 100 80
Video Games NES Jun, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Power Play NES Mar, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Megablast Game Gear 1992 75 out of 100 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Game Boy Apr, 1991 7 out of 12 58


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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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