Chessmaster 9000 builds on the strong foundation of its predecessors by adding many new tools and a complete curriculum to help players discover the fun of chess, while mastering the game. A 2-CD set, Chessmaster 9000 has over 150 opponents, 800 classic games, a free online matchmaking service and rated games online via Ubi.com, offering a challenge to players of all skill levels from beginners to Grandmasters.
It has enough features to improve anyones game, from beginner to master. The chess sets/pieces available are the best yet.
It comes with the normal online options and you can play against over 150 cpu players(varying strengths) offline.
The Chessmaster himself should be left to Kasparov to tackle!
If you own the previous game (chessmaster 8000) then I don't think there's enough here to warrant purchase, if you didn't buy that release then get this game, it is quite simply the best chess package available on any platform ever.
The computer can play games of a similar strength to the human player to keep up interest levels and can cater for all but the strongest of players.
If your a computer programmer and you believe you can do a better job than the 'King' - Chessmasters 'Thinking' engine - then you can temporarily replace it with yours and give it a whirl!
Either way I don't know how they make money at this price!
First off, this is crammed with stuff that you could spend a lifetime exploring. There are teaching programmes at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, annotated championship games, a training course on the psychology of chess, a library and database on all aspects of the game including opening move books.
As far as playing the game, you can choose from playing a single game against a myriad of differently rated computer opponents, each with their own different backgrounds and quirks (and you can access a potted biography of each character) from children and beginners to grandmasters, to playing a rated game under tournament conditions.
The boards and pieces are splendidly portrayed and you can choose from a generous range of different boards and pieces, in 3D or 2D, and you can 'tweak' most aspects of the presentation to suit you (eg board size, angle, rotation etc).
You can play live over the internet on 'CM live' to test out your newly honed skills on real human beings....
I've also bought a number of books to help me with my new hobby but this is far and away the most helpful, entertaining tool I've come across. Fantastic value.