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Chessmaster 10th Edition - PC

by Ubisoft
Windows 98 / Me / XP
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews) 81 / 100

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Edition: Standard
  • Chess teacher, mentor, and ultimate opponent with intuitive user interface
  • Chessmaster Academy teaches the basics, plus a variety of simple strategies
  • Animated chess sets; whimsical 3D sets; simple and efficient learning tools
  • Full-featured online chess module; comprehensive chess engine
  • Intermediate and advanced player options; for ages 6 and older

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Product Details

Edition: Standard
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00023XXMM
  • Item Weight: 4 ounces
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: August 10, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,129 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Edition: Standard

From the Manufacturer

More than ever, Chessmaster 10th Edition delivers on its promise to make you a better chess player. The program will improve your game regardless of your level of experience. This landmark edition provides the largest upgrade ever to the features and graphics of the franchise. Whether you are new to chess or a tournament-level player, Chessmaster 10th Edition allows you to master history's greatest game.


  • The new Chessmaster Academy: At the Academy, International Master Josh Waitzkin will personally walk players through the basics of chess, plus introduce a variety of simple strategies for dominating your opponent. The Academy also features the best attacking moves as taught by noted chess champion, Larry Christiansen.
  • A totally revised interface: clean, clear, and easy to navigate, this all-new interface represents the biggest upgrade to the look and feel of Chessmaster in over seven years.
  • Full-featured online chess module: more than just a place to play chess live with other players, Chessmaster online allows players to establish rankings, create tournaments, utilize teaching tools, and join a thriving chess community.
  • More fun for the whole family: Features such as animated chess sets, a variety of whimsical 3D sets, and simple and efficient learning tools, makes chess more fun than ever. Younger players and chess beginners will appreciate the specialized section just for them. As players improve, the game suggests an appropriate AI opponent.
  • A comprehensive chess engine: wise enough to teach an absolute beginner and powerful enough to defeat a grandmaster, experience the all-new edition of the King engine--the brains behind the best-selling brand in chess.
  • Intermediate and advanced player options: seasoned chess players can test their skills against ranked AI opponents, set up tournaments and simultaneous exhibitions, and survey their performances using the new statistics system.

Product Description

ChessMaster 10th Edition is designed to improve your game, regardless of your level of experience. All-new feature upgrades and updated graphics make this a must-have for those who'd like to learn or master chess.

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197 of 200 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great tutorials, short on other useful features August 25, 2004
By hhnngg
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I am curious to see what other people think about this piece of software, so please put your opinions forth!

I am a regular chess tournament player, and familiar with CM7000. Before reading my review, understand that it comes from a player who regular uses computers to analyze games for tactical errors, store/analyze games from book collections, and competes regularly in USCF tournaments at a 1600 level.

CM10th seems to have more streamlined graphics from prior versions, and a smoother overall feel. I've run into 1-2 hiccups when running CM with other programs, but it generally feels very stable.

The best part of CM 10th are the tutorials, hands down. Waitzkin's writing is perfect for both beginners and intermediate players, and the CM interface with its arrows and colored squares truly shines with him at the helm. Larry Christiansen's games are also excellent, but the great depth of his analysis is a bit harder to follow as he goes through the various lines in real time. It seems from other readers that CM9000 replicates most of these tutorials - if so, unfortunately the main reason for buying CM10th may not be sufficiently compelling. However, for those who haven't worked with these tutorials, they singlehandedly justify purchasing CM 10th - even with no other features, I could wholeheartedly recommend purchasing the software just for these lectures.

Another huge plus where CM10th excels is in the "play" department, which makes it most suitable for those who just want to play lots of games. CM's interface makes it a breeze to pick up and play rated opponents, which do get progressively more difficult as their rating climbs.
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552 of 592 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy if you have clone software installed on your pc September 5, 2004
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
This game refused to start on my pc. It stated that I had a CD\DVD emulation software on my pc and it had to be removed. Ubisoft copy protection is to blame. It looks for any clone software such as CloneCD, Alcohol 120%, Daemon Tools, etc., that use CD\DVD emulation. If it finds any it will not start the program even though you have the original Ubisoft cd in the drive. What they are doing is telling you what you can and cannot have on your own computer. After I found this out, I brought my Chessmaster 10 back to Best Buy. The computer tech geek there was so upset when I explained and showed him why there was a problem that he gave me a full refund despite a store policy of no refunds on open software. He said he had some of this same clone software on his own pc. As for me, Ubisoft has lost a customer. Never again will I buy their software.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Like to play chess online? Then avoid this. August 19, 2004
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
The achilles heal of the Chessmaster series has always been it's frustrating, buggy, and overall unusable online component. 7000 and 9000 had barely-there online play that was plagued with disconnects and timeouts. As a result, they never developed much of a play community, and even if you COULD log on you rarely found anyone in the lobby to play against.

When I heard Chessmaster was getting a facelift for the 10th edition, I was hoping this issue would finally get addressed. Well, it hasn't. In fact it's gotten worse: I've had the program for a week and a half and I haven't been able to play a single game online. All my other online games, including other chess programs like Fritz, work just fine. We were told there would be a patch, and there was, but it failed to fix the problems. Now, supposedly, there will be another at some point in the future.

And to make matters worse, the thing Chessmaster always did RIGHT - create a stable and user-friendly digital atmosphere in which to play and study chess - has been bungled by the new design team. The functional 2-D sets, preferred by serious players because they're easier to analyze, have been all but eliminated in favor of flashy 3-D animated ones that look like Disney-fied versions of the old Battle Chess DOS app. The analysis and database features aren't as deep as previous versions. And the whole design is weighed down by cheap, pointless gimmicks - there's a "stereo 3D mode" and the program comes packed with a set of red/blue 3D glasses. Why does a chess program need that? It doesn't.

The program looks nice (assuming your system is near state-of-the-art; be warned that this program uses a TON of processor power) and the Josh Waitzkin tutorials - long a hight point - have been expanded. Those additions are welcome.
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658 of 731 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware August 12, 2004
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
I would love to be able to buy this game. But the pain outweighs the benefits. First they put such powerful copy protection on this, that many or most CD-RW/DVD-RW drives will NOT work to install or play the game from.

This is because they have DISABLED them. Well, gosh, thanks a lot! My laptop ONLY COMES with a CDRW drive! PLUS, even if I could install the game, I have to have the game CD in the drive at all times. Which means it will be spinning my CD all the time, sucking down my battery in far less than an hour.

Thanks guys.

So I want to buy this so I can play it while I'm out and about, waiting for meetings or just at the park....and I can't. AND even if I COULD, the CD will have to be up and spinning?

This is unacceptable! Tell me, how many laptops come with only straight CD or JUST strait DVD drives now? I don't know of any.

I say tell them to KEEP thier stupid program. This company doesn't own every single good chess programmer in the world. There are plenty of other companies that make good products. Buy one from any of them.

If you can't play the game you purchased where and whenever you want--Then Tell Chessmaster to shove thier product. They are not serving you. So don't serve THEM.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Works well on Windows 8, superior to Fritz
Very similar to Chessmaster 9000, though I have a slight preference for 9000's appearance and interface. Read more
Published 1 day ago by James W.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it. So challenging
I love it. So challenging!!
Published 6 days ago by Marilyn Hewlett
3.0 out of 5 stars A Beginner's Way To Learn
I had previous versions of Chessmaster before purchasing the 10th Edition several years ago. Having computer software makes learning how to play chess much easier. Read more
Published 1 month ago by W. Clement
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent way to learn chess
Excellent way to learn chess. Only problem is must boot program with cd even with program installed. This is an older version of chessmaster but is cumbersome to get started. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Garold R Blevins
5.0 out of 5 stars About the game bought
I really very grateful with you and with the game , is an excellent product and it meet all my expectations and more. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Digno Zamora
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as easy to use as previous CM series
9000 was better. I have loved the Chessmaster series but this one just doesn't do it for me. Thats all.
Published 3 months ago by Jim Nance
2.0 out of 5 stars Chessmaster 10th Edition
Chessmaster 10th Edition has a singular but major flaw: it has not been engineered to adapt to evolving versions of the Windows Operating System. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dr. Steve Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars outdated verson
That product to work need to be a old system not the updated programs of today. I didn't seer thast untill it arrived.
Published 4 months ago by Jack Bowers
3.0 out of 5 stars Do some one know if this game comes in spanish?
I will want to know if the game can be play in Spanish?
My father will love to have this game but he need it in spanish
Published 5 months ago by Nelly Toussaint S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift!
My husband was always wanting me to learn how to play chess until I purchased this for him. His friends were amazed at how much better he got in just a few weeks time. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cat Lover
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Edition: Standard