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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 You have defeated the Chessmaster screen
The Chessmaster NES Black is checkmated so white (which is me) wins
The Chessmaster NES The War Room view where the player can see past moves, captured pieces, and a chance to see the Chessmaster ‘think’ in the top right.
The Chessmaster NES Title 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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Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90 Jul, 2011 B+ 83
Nintendo Magasinet (Sweden) Jun, 1991 4 out of 5 80
Video Games Jun, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Power Play 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.
beetle120 (2422) added The Chessmaster (NES) on Feb 09, 2008
Other platforms contributed by Charly2.0 (164717) and chirinea (44813)