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Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition

by Ubisoft
Everyone
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews) 73 / 100

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Platform: PC
  • Extensive course on the basics of chess taught by International Chess Master Josh Waitzkin
  • Tutorials from Josh Waitzkin's groundbreaking book The Art of Learning
  • Attacking Chess course commentary by Grandmaster Larry Christiansen
  • 900 of chess's most important games presented and analyzed; single or multiplayer gameplay
  • 600,000+ game database; coverage of all classic and modern opening variations

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Product Details

Platform: PC
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000SL4ANE
  • Item Weight: 8 ounces
  • Media: DVD
  • Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,050 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: PC

Manufacturer's Notice

System Requirements

Supported OS: Windows Vista®/Windows® XP (only)
RAM:
256 MB (512 MB recommended)
Video Card: 32 MB DirectX® 9.0c-compliant video card (128 MB recommended)
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c-compliant sound card optional
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c or up
CD-ROM: 16x CD-ROM or faster
Hard Drive Space: 600 MB (2.3 GB recommended)
Multiplay: 56 Kbps or faster for Internet or LAN play (broadband recommended)
Peripherals Supported: Mouse, keyboards, headsets, ultra 3D glasses (not included)
Supported Video Cards at time of release:
NVIDIA® GeForce™ 3/4/FX/6/7/8 series (GeForce4 MX NOT supported)
ATI® Radeon® 7500/8000/9000/X series
Laptop versions of these cards may work but are NOT supported. These chipsets are the only ones that will run this game.

Product Description

Josh Waitzkin, International Master and eight-time National Chess Champion, coaches players to grasp the basic fundamentals of chess and to master the game through exciting courses and tutorials taken directly from his groundbreaking book, The Art of Learning. Players can then practice their newly learned skills in single-player mode or challenge their friends to a fun-spirited competition in multiplayer mode via LAN or Internet. ESRB Rated E for Everyone

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738 of 746 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overly Critical Reviews November 7, 2007
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
At the time I am typing this there are two other poor reviews. This is nothing unusual for this product. People are regularly pointing out how it doesn't compare to professional grade products from Chessbase (like Fritz). Unfortunately for the multitudes of amateur chess players that are looking to improve, those reviews don't help you make an informed decision.

I coach a scholastic chess team, and the Chessmaster line is extremely good and highly recommended to any beginner to intermediate chess player, particularly parents of aspiring chess children. The tutorials are among the best you are going to find anywhere for learning the basics of the game. There are actual lessons, and lots of sample chess positions (puzzles) to hone your skills, as well as new content included in each new iteration (and yes, it does re-bundle the material from the previous versions).

Even if this product could not play chess at all, the lessons and tutorials are easily worth twice what this package costs. If you already have Chessmaster X then you have to decide for yourself the marginal value of the new content. I have gone through the first few new Waitzkin lessons, and they are well done and entertaining. The new chess sets modeled after House of Staunton are pretty good. The Parthenon set I have in real life is not captured in complete detail, but it is still pretty well done. Chessmaster's 3D engine is, hands down, the most functional of any chess product on the market by anyone.

This package runs well under Vista. There is already a patch out for it, so you will probably want to download and install that before you really play it much.
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119 of 120 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it. February 13, 2009
Platform for Display:PC|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I'm a 57 year old who learned the rules of chess as a child, but who never played a serious game of chess until a few months ago. I own Fritz 10 software as well as Chessmaster for the Nintendo DS Lite, and I own a few Fritz Trainer DVDs.

I love the Chessmaster Grandmaster Edition for the PC (which is the only version of Chessmaster for the PC I have ever owned and used, so I cannot compare it to previous versions). I had no problem at all installing it on my Sony Vaio laptop (model VGN-395E in case anyone wants to look up the specs here on Amazon or elsewhere on the web), and I have had no problem playing it without the DVD in the player once it was fully installed.

Chessmaster for the DS Lite does not compare to Chessmaster XI (Grandmaster Edition) for the PC, but it's good enough for a portable chess playing program. (I also have Chessmaster for Game Boy Color, which is okay but is really too small for my aging eyes.) Compared to Fritz, Chessmaster XI is slow, i.e., opponents take much longer to make moves, but I find this to be both a plus and a minus such that they balance each other out. With Fritz I feel rushed by the fact that the opponent plays so fast, and although I sometimes feel impatient waiting for Chessmaster AI opponents to move (though I've not encountered any waiting I'd characterize as extremely long), I appreciate that I don't feel rushed and have more time to think about my forthcoming moves.

I prefer the graphics of Chessmaster to the graphics of Fritz; graphically, and overall, I find Chessmaster far more user-friendly.
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96 of 99 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PC|Verified Purchase
UPDATE: It's been several years since I wrote this review, and I'm delighted that people still find it helpful. Technology has changed somewhat in the interim, and from what I understand, some people have had difficulties installing Chessmaster 9000 by CD on some newer computers. On this basis, I'm tempted to say that the Grandmaster Edition might now be the better purchase. As noted below, I do feel it is an excellent product, largely because it includes nearly all of the same features of previous editions.

ORIGINAL REVIEW
Let me clarify: all of the Chessmaster products are well worth their price tags. This is largely because all of the Chessmaster products are nearly identical. The reason I would suggest that newcomers to the series purchase Chessmaster 9000 instead is that the changes made to the product in the recent versions have been aesthetic improvements at the cost of functionality and accessibility. Accordingly, this will be more of a comparison than a review.

But first. Why do I recommend the Chessmaster series?

The AI is strong enough, scalable enough, and variable enough to provide a reasonable challenge to any player. The databases of openings and annotated games are exhaustive, and the database of games without annotations is so large as to be absurd. The "Beginning" level tutorials from the "Chessmaster Series" academy are fantastic. They cover the rules as well as the basics of tactics and strategies. The organization is superb, and tests follow every lesson. The remaining tutorials are not as well organized. But even so, the product contains more knowledge than you'll ever be able to acquire.

(And I do mean "a reasonable challenge to ANY player," by the way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Nice Game
Published 6 days ago by wildflower
4.0 out of 5 stars but easy enough to work with
Solid program for what I need it for... practice. The GUI is a bit quirky, but easy enough to work with. The chess engine itself has a few quirks, but again... Read more
Published 28 days ago by William N. Dunlap
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent tutorials My game has improved 300 to 400 points
Published 1 month ago by Vincent Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Highly recommended
Excellent! Highly recommended.
Published 2 months ago by M. Kessler
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good, but crashes sometimes
Published 2 months ago by Nord
5.0 out of 5 stars love the josh annotated games
I'm horrible at chess but fascinated by minds who can think this deeply. I am a better player because of studying these games. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Todd
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't spend your money on it
Chess playing programs are built into both Windows and Linux (and can be played online for free if you have a tablet)

That alone makes purchasing this unnecessary. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Durga P. Choudhury
5.0 out of 5 stars Very advanced possibilities
Some bugs. Guess updates will clear those.
Very complex design, and in depth possibilities of really gaining knowledge and experience playing it.
Published 9 months ago by Robin Kirkhus
5.0 out of 5 stars Best chess learning deal, period.
This is probably the single best deal involving chess.
You can use this to learn the rules of chess, and learn all the way up to Expert-level chess player and beyond. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rich from OBC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game.
When I was a child I played Battle Chess. I was looking for a new version (thirty years later) and I bought this. My kids love it too and they immediately took to chess.
Published 10 months ago by Eric D. Speer
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