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Chessmaster 2000

Chessmaster 2000
Chessmaster 2000

SystemCommodore 64
Floppy (5.25")2

Software Toolworks

Commodore 64

Release Date: 1/1/1986
Manufacturer: Software Toolworks
Chessmaster is a chess playing computer game series which is now owned and developed by Ubisoft. It is the best-selling chess franchise in history, with more than five million units sold as of 2002.

The Chessmaster series started in 1986 with The Chessmaster 2000 by The Software Toolworks. It was published for Amiga, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Macintosh, and DOS. In 1991, Chessmaster 3000 was published for Windows 3.x and in 1995 for PlayStation.

A more current version, Chessmaster XI, was released on 30 October 2007 for PC (titled Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition) and Nintendo DS (titled Chessmaster: The Art of Learning), and 12 February 2008 for PlayStation Portable (also titled Chessmaster: The Art of Learning). It includes numerous tutorials by International Master Joshua Waitzkin for players of all skill levels.

This version draws from a move set of over 71,000 and contains various features found on the back of the box. Due to hardware limitations, this Commodore 64 version wasn't as good as say the Amiga version but was still quite well received when it was launched.

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