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The iteration of the Chessmaster series on the PlayStation 2 contains most of the features available in the corresponding PC game - which, in this case, is Chessmaster 9000. You can play training games (with all the hints and analysis tools available), rated games (your rating changes after each play), puzzles (chess ones, not the "build the picture" type), learn chess by browsing through the hundreds of tutorials available in the Pandolfini's Chess School or watch famous games.

There are, however, some new features in the PS2 version; the most useful one is the Online mode. Other is the "living world" of the Chessmaster Championships, where the AI's rating changes, too, as they play each other. The last one is more spectacular - a fantasy-themed - orcs vs. humans - game mode with animated chess sets and a 3D environment. You get to play chess in a forest, inside a castle and in the desert.


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Alternate Titles

  • "国际象棋大师" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Guoji Xiangqi Dashi" -- Simplified Chinese title

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Worth Playing Jul 11, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Game Chronicles Jul 29, 2003 8.8 out of 10 88
Consoles Plus Apr, 2003 85 out of 100 85
IGN Jun 03, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
PGNx Media Jun 08, 2003 7.7 out of 10 77 Jun 05, 2003 15 out of 20 75
Netjak Nov 14, 2003 7.4 out of 10 74
GameSpot Jun 05, 2003 7.3 out of 10 73
GameSpy Jul 07, 2003 62 out of 100 62


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Eduard Pandele (32) added Chessmaster (PlayStation 2) on Apr 20, 2006