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The ancient game of chess is recreated here, with all the traditional rules and game concepts. The game is in 2D, as the programmers felt this was the most effective use of available memory. Controls involve moving a pointer over the square to move a piece from, pressing space, then moving to the destination square and pressing space again. You can set the amount of time players (human and computer) have to plan moves, although an over-ride option to force a move instantly also exists. You can save and reload games, and at any point can move pieces either from current settings or from scratch, to completely customise the game or play out classic positions.


Master Chess ZX Spectrum Choosing my opening move
Master Chess Atari 8-bit Black has moved a pawn from D7 to D6.
Master Chess MSX Do you want white or black?
Master Chess ZX Spectrum Board setup mode - chess fans will notice the unrealistic bishop spots

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Alternate Titles

  • "Masterchess" -- Media title

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Critic Reviews

ATARImagazin Atari 8-bit May, 1987 3 out of 6 60
Computer Gamer Commodore 64 Feb, 1987 40 out of 100 40
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1987 27 out of 100 27
Commodore User Commodore 16, Plus/4 Apr, 1987 2 out of 10 20


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According to the magazine Retro Gamer (issue #1), the game was Mastertronic's #22 best selling game (167.601 copies).
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