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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 NES Title Screen
The Chessmaster SNES I moved a pawn and black moved a knight.
The Chessmaster Game Gear Moving my pawn.
The Chessmaster Game Boy Moving my knight.

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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
Play Time Game Boy Jun, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Total!! UK Magazine Game Boy Jan, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Video Games Game Boy Mar, 1991 81 out of 100 81
Nintendo Magasinet (Sweden) NES Jun, 1991 4 out of 5 80
Power Play Game Boy Mar, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Megablast Game Gear 1992 75 out of 100 75
Nintendo Life Game Boy Sep 05, 2010 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
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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