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Chessmaster The Art of Learning (Nintendo DS)

Platform : Nintendo DS
4.1 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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  • Learn from champion Josh Waitzkin: Using the principles outlined in his book The Art of Learning, Josh puts players in his shoes during some of the most riveting moments of his career. He then walks players through the classics, introducing beginners to the fundamentals of the game and providing revealing commentary about the road to mastery.
  • Multiplayer Wireless: Two players can battle each other using the wireless option on the DS. A variety of exciting multiplayer games are available, including: Dark Chess, in which the opponent`s pieces are invisible, Extinction Chess, where the winner is the first player to capture all of the opponent`s pieces, and Losing Chess, a game that rewards the first player to lose all of his/her pieces!
  • Six Original Minigames: Each minigame is packed with its own music, sound effects, a high-score record and 20 levels of gameplay. Players can look forward to: Minefield, in which chess pieces are used to locate mines hidden in the board, Breaking the Lines, where the knight is moved to capture all of the pawns, and Fork My Fruit, a game that uses chess pieces to fork fruit of the same kind, among others
  • Famous Games: Players have access to 900 of the most important chess games, which are analyzed to provide key tactics.
  • Checkmate: With an arsenal of 600,000 games, players will never run out of fun!
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  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B000VXS90E
  • Item Weight: 18 g
  • Release Date: 2 Nov. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,478 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Learn from champion Josh Waitzkin: Using the principles outlined in his book The Art of Learning, Josh puts players in his shoes during some of the most riveting moments of his career. He then walks players through the classics, introducing beginners to the fundamentals of the game and providing revealing commentary about the road to mastery. Multiplayer Wireless: Two players can battle each other using the wireless option on the DS. A variety of exciting multiplayer games are available, including: Dark Chess, in which the opponent`s pieces are invisible, Extinction Chess, where the winner is the first player to capture all of the opponent`s pieces, and Losing Chess, a game that rewards the first player to lose all of his/her pieces! Six Original Minigames: Each minigame is packed with its own music, sound effects, a high-score record and 20 levels of gameplay. Players can look forward to: Minefield, in which chess pieces are used to locate mines hidden in the board, Breaking the Lines, where the knight is moved to capture all of the pawns, and Fork My Fruit, a game that uses chess pieces to fork fruit of the same kind, among others. Famous Games: Players have access to 900 of the most important chess games, which are analyzed to provide key tactics. Checkmate: With an arsenal of 600,000 games, players will never run out of fun!


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I've played chess for many years and have ChessMaster and Fritz on the PC, but this version on the Nintendo is the most fun! What I really like about playing it on the DS is that you can play anywhere, e.g. sit back and relax on the sofa while playing.

The interface on CM is polished and the board and pieces are surprisingly easy on the eye for such a small board. You can create multiple profiles if several people are using the same game; Josh keeps track of your results and training progress.

In classic chess you can play against different characters, from weak opponents to ChessMaster himself (the strongest opponent - his chess rating is 1850 Elo, 160 ECF). There is also an option to play against a friend on another DS (the game can be downloaded onto the other DS). In multi-player mode you can play: Classic Chess, Progressive Chess (increasing number of moves each turn), Dark Chess (opponents pieces are invisible until they capture), Extinction Chess, Losing Chess (lose all your pieces first to win), Los Alamos Chess (6x6 board with no bishops).

This version of ChessMaster has something special added - ChessMaster: The Art of Learning. This is a set of mini-games presented by Josh Waitzkin. These mini-games are intended for training purposes but they just happen to be very addictive and lots of fun too. So, if you're licking your wounds after being defeated in a chess game, you can try some of the following training mini-games instead:-

'Shoot the Fruit'
Fork multiple fruits on a chess board with various pieces; get extra bonuses for multiple sets of fruit. This is my favourite, it's a gem.

'Minefield Chess'
Use your chess pieces to locate and defuse all the hidden mines.
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If you want to play chess on the go, then this is a pretty good option. In fact, as far as I know there's only one other chess game on the DS. However if your expecting the all-singing, all-castling Chessmaster then do be aware of significant differences...

This version does NOT have:

1 - Customisable boards/colours - this would have been so simple... The mini games have lovely looking boards and sets!
2 - White-to-move-mate-in-two puzzles... Why on Earth not? This is a significant omission! The other puzzles and games are great though, especially the oddly compulsive 'Fork the Fruit' game.
3 - Library of opening moves or historical games

It DOES have:

1 - Simple tutorials for the beginner, covering the board, pieces, moves, forks, pins etc.
2 - A bunch of puzzles and chess variants. Some are very addictive indeed. Especially the one with the knights and pawns.
3 - The ability to set up a position
4 - Rated games
5 - Multiplayer, including 'normal' chess rules, Progressive chess, Dark Chess (where your opponent's pieces are invisible), Extinction (where you have to capture all the other guy's pieces) and Los Alamos (played on a 6x6 board with ni bishops and six pawns each)

It works beautifully with the stylus, and the DS is almost made for portable chess games in this regard. However the interface is awful!

You are limited to a stark white interface, which simply looks careless, rushed and cheap. The profile screens which contain your scores are simple text on a white background, for example, and not even formatted properly.

The menu screens are cumbersome, with one large icon taking up huge amounts of screen real-estate and shortcuts to the others represented by little dots.
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Coming from someone who has always found it very difficult find the "right" chess game in the past, I was hoping for the best when buying this. The problem for me has always been finding a suitable computer opponent- either they are laughable and easily beatable or grandmaster style impossible winning machines! Luckily this game gives you the option of a huge number of computer players with varying difficulties between the two extreemes, so this game has the potential to engage the best and the worst of you out there.

The game play itself is very simple- no gymicks at all - you can create a profile to make your way "up the ladder", starting low and gradually playing better and better computer opponents - or can ignor all that and just play one off "practice games" to your hearts content. Within these practice games you can undo moves, stop and review the game, and perform numerous other things that i expect most people will not use but some of you may find very useful.

Finally you can also play chess styles "mini games" that use the rules of chess in other settings - these are a throwaway extra if you like, mildly entertaining but nothing more. Another great feature is a decent chess tutorial for those of you who have bought this game but have no idea how to play! This tutorial, i imagine, would be a great way for kids to learn the basics as its laid out in a clear form and easy to follow.

In summary - a cracking game that can cater equally for the very talented and the very new to chess at the same time - great stuff.
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