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  • Summary: Test your chess skills against live opponents online or improve your game immediately at chess school. The game includes a variety of chess modes, such as Quick Game, Rated Play, Handicap, Set-up Position, and Puzzle. Along with the most powerful chess engine available on the console, Chessmaster also includes features just for fun. Josh Waitzkin gives advice and easy-to-understand instructions for improving your game. [Ubi Soft] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. This is the complete package, whether you're a beginner or veteran genius this title has no equal among the consoles. The tutorials are amazing.
  2. The fact that it is the only PS2 chess game available, has online support, and is only $20 makes this a no-brainer for anyone with the slightest interest in chess and doesn’t already have another recent chess game lying around.
  3. This is strictly for hardcore chess players..., but I can't think of a game that can deliver the amount of depth of Chessmaster. [Sept 2003, p.109]
  4. 74
    If you like to play, you’ll find great teaching utilities to improve your game, as well as a powerful system to challenge you. If you have no interest in chess whatsoever, steer clear.
  5. Even given the varied gameplay in the single-player component, Chessmaster's online support is perhaps its most appealing feature, at least in theory.
  6. Ubi Soft should be commended for not only being the first developer/publisher to appeal to a niche audience like console chess players, but to do it with a affordable quality product that can be enjoyed online just as much as offline with friends and family.
  7. 62
    All the PS2 will get you is some interface problems, a lack of anyone to play with online, and maybe a headache from the abundance of flickering text in the game's many high-resolution screens.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 2 out of 10