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Chessmaster 9000 - PC

by Ubisoft
Everyone
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

Price: $89.99
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Platform: PC
  • This new & improved chess engine features 150 different opponents, from beginner to Grandmaster level
  • Watch and learnas you are presented with 800 games to study, including Grandmaster games from 2000 and 2001
  • A huge variety of online and multiplayer options are built in, like rated chess games and just for fun modes
  • More than 30 new chess sets and optional, true 3D gameplay
  • Jump right into a game with QuickStart

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Product Details

Platform: PC
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00006663Z
  • Item Weight: 12 ounces
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: August 27, 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,156 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PC

You had better know the difference between a rook and a pawn when you take on the masters of chess in the ultimate clash for dominion of the board.

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194 of 197 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good program that could be better December 11, 2002
Platform for Display:PC
Chessmaster 9000 has a lot of things going for it. To start with, the chess engine itself ("The King") is very strong, and on its highest setting, it will beat all but the very best players. It is quite flexible, and comes with hundreds of pre-set personalities that range from the lowliest novice to the juggernaut grandmaster. It also allows you to create custom personalities with a fair amount of detail, including their overall strength, preference for material or positional play, how they value the pieces with respect to one another, and so on. Your options for controlling the games are also quite sufficient, with plenty of different time controls available, and the ability to make the controls different for white and black.
The best part of CM9000, though, is the wealth of tutorials and practice drills that are built into it, which cover an array of chess topics and will teach the beginning player a great deal. I especially enjoyed the material contributed by IM Josh Waitzkin, including a dozen of his games that he gives a full running commentary for, an endgame course illustrating strategies for how to use the different pieces to full advantage in the endgame, and a course on the psychology of competition which was very interesting even for someone like me, who's never played chess competitively. I have already learned a lot about chess theory from going through these tutorials, and I've not even been through half of them yet.
CM9000's first weak point is the interface. Run the game at a low to medium resolution and the various windows will soon be taking up way too much valuable real estate on the screen.
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254 of 260 people found the following review helpful
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Platform for Display:PC
First thing first: Chessmaster 9000 runs smoothly on my three-year-old laptop; the inteface, windows, and menus are intuitive and easy to customize; the boards, pieces, side windows (those showing moves made, pieces taken, etc.) and graphics in general are crips and clear. Two minor problems: a). if you run the game on a low resolution (800X600 or less), the various windows tend to "clutter" quickly and hide each other, making the larger 2D boards and the 3D ones useless. b). Unless you have a 3D accelerator, the "true 3D" chess boards don't work. These problems sound much worse than they actually are, since in practice you don't need to use most of the side windows, and the 3D boards tend to be more for "show" than for practical play; the medium-sized 2D boards are just fine.
Now for the chess program. Unless you are in the top 0.01% or so of players, the Chessmaster 9000's program can beat you. More important, for the vast majority of playes, are the numerous options. There are dozens of computer opoonents to choose from, on every level from complete novice to strong master, and each with their own "personality". No matter what your strength is, you will an oppoent that is on your level of play, and for a challange some that are anywhere from slightly stronger to a LOT stronger.
When it comes to the game itself, the program comes with all the expected frills: you can choose from dozens of different time controls, or set your own time controls; you can make them different for black and white, and force the computer to move anytime. You can start from any position, play black or white, give yourself (or the computer) odds in time or material, and so on. The "side" windows show anyhting from pieces taken and moves made to time remaining and name of opening.
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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING to all CDRW drive owners February 27, 2004
Platform for Display:PC
Look out folks, despite there being no warning on "some of" the boxes (according to UbiSoft tech support), UbiSoft has brilliantly decided to prevent installation from a CDRW drive. I have a Dell Inspiron 8500 that came standard with a Samsung CDRW/DVD drive, and I am unable to install. Called tech support, and before I even got going, he knew exactly what I was talking about, and claimed there is no workaround for it. I will simply have to return the game (even though I can't now that it's open) to the retailer and will not be able to play it until I buy a CD or DVD drive with no write/rewrite capacity just for this game.
I don't know what genius at UbiSoft came up with this as a notion to prevent piracy, but I've got news for them, you're only hurting potential customers. Blocking CDRW use on the disc itself isn't going to slow down some game cracker. It's only going screw me up.
So since there's no warning about this "feature" on Amazon, and as there's no warning about it on the box itself that I just today received from Amazon, I thought I'd come on here and let people know, lest they waste the purchase price as I did.
These days, almost all laptops come standard with CDRW/DVD drives, why UbiSoft chose to cut off an entire slice of the market is beyond me. Apparently this "feature" is now on all of their PC games. So look out.
I'm sure were I able to play it, it would deserve more than a single star. But because I can't, and because I feel UbiSoft effectively duped me into buying by 'forgetting' the warning, I can't give it higher than that. I'm not slamming the game itself, but rather their policy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 12 days ago by Ml Thompson, Mdpa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for grandson.
My husband enjoys his Chessmaster 9000 so much that he got one for our grandson who wanted to learn how to play
Published 3 months ago by Sue Dirks
5.0 out of 5 stars chessmaster 9000
chessmaster is a very good game, i play it every day and spend hours on it.
and would tell others about chessmaster 9000.
Published 5 months ago by Pat Yeitz
4.0 out of 5 stars Chess master 9000
Very good chess software that even helps the beginner to comprehend. Very nice visual effects as well as good screen orientation. Plays a decent game.
Published 6 months ago by Steven E Snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars I like chess
I liked all the features of the program, from learning to playing. I can replay many of the old games that are in the database.
Published 7 months ago by Louis J. Schott
4.0 out of 5 stars Ralph
I received this product and it was in excellent condition and i received it on time. Chessmaster 9000 is an excellent product, and i have been using it for years.
Published 14 months ago by Ralph K Viear
1.0 out of 5 stars You guys are bad business.
The game did not work at all. It was the worst order that i`ve ever ordered. I wont buy again.
Published 18 months ago by PABLO ORTIZ
1.0 out of 5 stars Big Daddy
This product should not be on the market. You must take the program CD with you when on trips or while in sick the hospital. This is very inconvenient! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Big Daddy Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Chess is my favorite game. On chessmaster 9000 I've learned how to...
Chess is my favorite game. On chessmaster 9000 I've learned how to become a stronger player..I recommend this game to others.
Published 21 months ago by tsangster_69
4.0 out of 5 stars You Can Play a MONKEY!!
I bought this game for my husband in 2004. He loves to play chess and because he wins EVERY SINGLE TIME we play, I soon tired of playing chess with him. The answer? Read more
Published on September 18, 2012 by Robin
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