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Chessmaster 9000

Platform : Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows XP
Rated: Unknown
4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Enjoy and learn from more than 800 classic games, including the best of 2001 and 2002 Grand Master games
  • Study the best opening moves and how to dominate the opponent sitting across from you, and improve your game with the new Blunder Alert feature
  • Experience a new and improved chess engine that allows players to compete against more than 150 different opponents, from beginning to Grandmaster level
  • Includes the new Psychology of Competition chess course taught by International Master Josh Waitzkin
  • Variety of online multiplayer options including rated chess games and chess games just for fun
  • Play with the best graphics ever seen in a chess program, featuring more than 30 beautiful new chess sets and optional, true 3D gameplay
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  • Platform:   Windows 98 / Me / XP
  • PEGI Rating: Unknown
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B00006AFVX
  • Release Date: 20 Sept. 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,975 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Product Description

Chessmaster is a teacher, mentor and ultimate opponent that provides countless hours of interactive competition and fun for anyone interested in chess. Since the first version appeared for the PC in 1986, Chessmaster has been the dominant chess franchise in the world.

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.


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With a database of over 800 classic games including games from 2001 and 2002 this game is an excellent educational package.
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.
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Chessmaster 9000 appears to be the complete package in Chess software. The tutorial feature is second to none with animated examples illustrating the various strategies required to become a Grand Master. From novice upwards, if you take on board the lessons taught you will beat your friends 'who can play chess' within days!
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!
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By Adam VINE VOICE on 26 Mar. 2004
I'm reviewing this software from the perspective of the novice. I've just started to explore and learn the game, and I don't think I could have done better than to buy this pc cd.
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.
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Out of the blue I decided to take up chess, Starting at amazon I found chessmaster 9000 appeared to be the only one worth buying - and it is !! The lessons are great from the very basics into infinity (and beyond) I have completed the basic lessons and am now onto the intermediate - my chess reting (or grading) is now at a fairly respectable 1430, aftr only a few weeks. Grandmaster kasparov need not worry as he is 2800+.
If you or you kids have any hankering to play - dont hesitate.
play against 100's of different computer rated players, online against fellow humans or just run through one of the classic games of the past.
ITS ALL GOOD.
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This game has great features - I particularly like the one where you enter a position and it produces a recommendation, with the whys and wherefores and what could happen next and how to reply.
But only 3 stars cos the AI is not good. I find it unbeatably good when u set it to a high rating - nothing new there for me - I'd be disappointed if couldn't crush me. But on a middling rating it is not realistic of a human at my level (about 1500 rating in this thing, more like 1250 on freechess.org). It plays badly in the opening, and you often get a piece ahead. It often lets you swap off pieces, even queens. Normally, if I am a piece up against a player of similar ability and the queens are gone, and there is no obvious threat, then I will win 99% of the time. But not here. It suddenly ups its ability and builds amazing attacks using 4 or 5 pieces, often ending in a midboard mate after 5-10 forced moves. Real 1500 strength players cannot do this. This is not great preparation for real world games.
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