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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 The start of the game
The Chessmaster SNES Black's queen takes my pawn.
The Chessmaster SNES White goes first.
The Chessmaster NES You have defeated the Chessmaster 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

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Game Boy Jul, 1991 96 out of 100 96
Total!! UK Magazine Game Boy Jan, 1992 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
Sega Force Game Gear Sep, 1992 90 out of 100 90 Game Gear May 23, 2016 9 out of 10 90
Raze Game Boy Sep, 1991 87 out of 100 87
Joystick (French) SNES Apr, 1992 80 out of 100 80
Nintendo Magasinet (Sweden) NES Jun, 1991 4 out of 5 80
Power Play Game Boy Mar, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Power Play NES Mar, 1991 78 out of 100 78


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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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