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


The Chessmaster Game Gear Setting up a board.
The Chessmaster SNES White's king is in check.
The Chessmaster NES The teaching mode with all the O and Xs to indicate possible moves with the selected piece in this case a bishop
The Chessmaster NES The start of the game

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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

Joystick (French) Game Boy Apr, 1991 98 out of 100 98
Total!! UK Magazine Game Boy Jan, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Zero Game Boy Sep, 1991 89 out of 100 89 NES Jul, 2011 B+ 83
Video Games Game Gear May, 1992 81 out of 100 81
Nintendo Magasinet (Sweden) NES Jun, 1991 4 out of 5 80
Video Games NES Jun, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Megablast Game Gear 1992 75 out of 100 75
Play Time Game Gear Apr, 1992 75 out of 100 75
64 Power / big.N / N Games Game Boy Nov, 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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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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