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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 Commodore 64 I've moved the pawn at B2 to B4.
Master Chess Amstrad CPC ...and moved it to B4.
Master Chess Amstrad CPC How many seconds per move?
Master Chess ZX Spectrum The computer chooses the Scicilian Defence

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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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