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Chessmaster Collectors' Edition

Platform : Windows XP, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home Edition
Rated: Everyone
3.9 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Includes a 6 month membership to World Chess Live
  • The Chessmaster Academy: International Master Josh Waitzkin will personally walk players through the basics of chess
  • Chessmaster online allows players to establish rankings, create tournaments, utilize teaching tools, and join a thriving chess community
  • Features animated chess sets, a variety of whimsical 3D sets, and simple, efficient learning tools
  • Intermediate and advanced player options
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Product Description

Master history's greatest game: Chess. Chessmaster Collector’s Edition will hone your game no matter your experience level. From tips from International Master, Josh Waitzkin, who instructs you in the basics of chess to the best attacking moves as instructed by Larry Christianson, you will soon dominate other players online or against computer opponents.

Features include:

The 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.

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 like animated chess sets, a variety of whimsical 3D sets, and simple and efficient learning tools make 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.

Bonus online chess membership
6 month membership to World Chess Live (WCL), a new family-friendly online chess service, where players of all skills can play.


Product Information

ASIN B0011UH18M
Release date March 18, 2008
Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #55,545 in videogames
#10,061 in Video Games > PC Games > PC Games
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Product Dimensions 7.6 x 5.3 x 1.2 inches
Media: Video Game
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By Gail Rhea on August 24, 2009
Examining the "Collector's Edition" box, I found "Chessmaster 10th Edition" on the bottom flap and that's what is displayed on installation, running it, and in the User's Manual. The only differences between the 10th Edition and the Collector's Edition are that the Collector's Edition has a fourth CD with a six-month membership to World Chess Live and the packaging and CD labels which must have been done by Encore.

Going over to the Ubisoft support page for the 10th Edition and downloading the 1.0.3 patch enables the game to be played without needing the CD in the drive. The FAQs have other tips as well including a link to unlock the locked sets if you're too impatient to play the 5-60 games required to have them unlocked automatically as rewards for playing.

I know that Chessmaster XI and Grandmaster are available, but this is still a great game and the reduced price can't be beat. The 10th Edition is the first time animated chess sets are used and the three sets are a lot of fun to watch and hear especially when capturing. I suspect the Clash, Fairytale, and Rubber (colorful Staunton) animated sets were intended for boys and girls, but I get a kick out of them as well.

I'm running it on XP Pro and haven't encountered any problems.

The lower-rated reviews by the first two reviewers listed for the Collector's Edition aren't a fair representation of this product considering that the complaints of the one reviewer who was thinking about returning it are so easily resolved by visiting the Ubisoft website.
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By D. Ward on September 29, 2008
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I may return this item yet - just got it this afternoon, and already I don't like it. Only two major gripes so far - you have to have Disk #1 in the drive to run it, even after loading, which is a copy-protection scheme I detest - and, in order to get to use any of the really cool 3D chess sets, you have to win 60 games first - which I find ridiculous. I paid for the entire game, I want access to everything from day #1.
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This game gets very high marks among the chess programs
used in my limited experience, especially as a coaching and
teaching tool. The gameplay is also very challenging for me.
I'm currently an awful chess player-- I've never beaten CM,
but then I've only played it about 6 times. It's been many
years since I played regularly, and in this game even the
inexperienced players have given me trouble. Still, CM's game
assessment tool and very good teaching utilities are helping
me focus and think about Chess in more constructive ways, and
I do see myself progressing as a player. I bought this version
over others for one reason only: The Josh Waitzkin Chess Academy
tool. Josh's early progress at Chess was the subject of the movie
Searching for Bobby Fisher, which I've seen about five times on
DVD over the past 5 years. In the Academy, we hear Josh's voice
as he explains key chess objectives, strategies etc. while the
program illustrates Josh's ideas on a video chessboard. Josh also
tests us-- he poses challenges and we get to try and solve them
on the computer. Josh grades our efforts. This tool is pretty fluid in terms of interaction, although I did encounter one chess challenge that wouldn't let me complete it-- a minor setback that the computer program was able to recover from by moving to the next challenge. I do consider this issue to be a programming error, a minor one that does not affect the gameplay modes at all in the Chessmaster 10th Edition. Here are a few game specs and packaging details that aren't covered in the amazon.com page for the game:
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The game program included in this collector's edition is Chessmaster 10th Edition.
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After downloading and installing all 4 cds I couldn't open the program. I was suprised to learn that one of the cds (cd 1)had to be in the computer (after all the downloading)for the game to start-up. Anyway, I never got to play because I always received a message from microsoft stating that the program had encountered an error and would close. Not good.
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I agree with the previous poster. After installing 3 disks (I did not bother with the World Chess CD), I became frustrated by the fact that it would only run with disk 1 inserted. In the past, this was once a great method to to protect copyrights, but is not 1991 anymore. Does ubisoft expect me to keep "disk 1" with me just so I can play it on my laptop when I am at the airport? For a person with a laptop, it is invertible that crucial disk 1 will get scratched, scuffed, or misplaced.

Another poster noted that there you could circumvent this going to a ubisoft forum-- but seriously, I do not want to dig around online for a patch and install it. Like most people, I want it to be like that "out of the box." The price is great and the product is solid if you don't mind constantly inserting disk 1 OR looking for the patch online.
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