Chessmaster 9000 - PC

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About the Product

  • 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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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.

Product Information

Platform:PC
ASIN B00006663Z
Release date August 27, 2002
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3.6 out of 5 stars 121 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #33,350 in videogames
#4,912 in Video Games > PC Games > PC Games
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Product Dimensions 7.7 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches
Media: Video Game
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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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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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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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