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  • Summary: Chessmaster includes plenty of features to improve your chess skills, no matter what level you are. In Chess School, you can learn basic and advanced tactics before challenging computer-controlled opponents in single-player or multiplayer modes. The game includes a variety of gameplay modes, such as Quick Game, Rated Play, Handicap, Setup Position, and Puzzle. Watch as each piece attacks each other on the checkered battlefield. This immersive environment also features information about your opponent, tournament notifications, and evolving chess personalities. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
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  1. A top quality game that did not short the consumers or insult the seasoned players by dumping a low-end game for the sake of having a chess game for the Xbox. It's a joy to play, and keeps me wanting to come back for more.
  2. Chessmaster presents an unparalleled chess experience. Though Xbox Live compatible, you will rarely ever find anyone online at all.
  3. 85
    Chessmaster is accessible to all skill levels. If you've never played, you can run through the tutorials and, with diligence, can become a true chess pro. If you're already an expert, the higher levels of the AI are incredibly challenging.
  4. The real strength of this game is the bounty of narrated, interactive tutorials that effectively demonstrate strategy, tactics, and psychological analysis of your opponent. [Jan 2005, p.82]
  5. 80
    Offers a plethora of options, online play, and no innovation to a game that doesn't really need innovation (except to my own twisted imagination).
  6. If you love chess, Ubisoft's Chessmaster is an essential selection, as it is a genre defining title that features a high level of polish and satisfying gameplay.
  7. If Chessmaster upped its production values, it might be worth a look to casual chess players who just want to get a game in here and there. [Jan 2005, p.90]

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  1. JudeL.
    Nov 2, 2004
    Simply the best chess game money can buy. Period.
  2. BlueFalcon
    Dec 20, 2004
    This is a dream game for anyone interested in chess. I would have given it a 10 if the ai didn't take unrealistic amounts of time to move. Sometimes their moves are instant, and other times they take seriously long times for simple moves. Expand
  3. FrancsoisF.
    Dec 29, 2004
    A brilliant game. The chess lessons included are vast and helpfull. good online module.
  4. TigranP.
    Feb 22, 2005
    Chessmaster has always been a decent series of games, and this console port upholds the general good quality. This game is pretty good for somone just to sit down and play, and enjoy, but for anyone who wishes to be serious about chess, this ins't a great chess at all wahtsoever. I'd reccomend a copy of Fritz with Chessbase to vastly improve one's skil by going over games. Expand