Chessmaster 10th Edition

Ten entire iterations focused on what is essentially the same board game is one hell of an achievement. This version of Chessmaster has its own particular focus, with special emphasis placed on user accessibility, the 3D engine and a more approachable online component.

Like any modern chess program, the tenth edition of Chessmaster gives you a large variety of piece and board styles, and can generally see them from any angle. You can zoom, pivot, change the 3D chess pieces, and marvel at the wide selection of table and piece models. If you want to go completely retro, there are several fixed 2D boards as well.

The second cool thing here is the tutorial settings that explains the basics of chess and gives you hints on what moves you should do. It has tutorials for all levels, from beginner to expert, and the subjects vary from how the pieces move to the psychology of the game. Opponent AI is also adjustable, with various personality traits for an infinite variation of games.

But there’s also more educational content than simple hints and tutorials. The game database is quite impressive, with over 530,000 entries, including recent Grandmaster-level games. Featured are about 800 of the most famous matches in chess history, dating as far back as 1619. The commentary on each move by famous chess players makes this edition quite a learning experience.

System Requirements: Pentium III 1 GHz, 256 MB RAM, Win98

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