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Chessmaster (Computer)
Number of games in database: 33
Years covered: 1986 to 2010
Overall record: +17 -8 =8 (63.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born 1986)

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A relative of The King (Computer) engine, its programmer is Johan de Koning. David Kittinger also offered another engine personality on versions until the Chessmaster 4000 build was released.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 33  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Chessmaster vs Sargon  1-0261986Los AngelesB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
2. Chessmaster vs Sargon  1-0201986Los AngelesB06 Robatsch
3. Chessmaster vs Plymate 0-1801988Dator mOteC30 King's Gambit Declined
4. Plymate vs Chessmaster 1-0411988DatormOteC30 King's Gambit Declined
5. Yermolinsky vs Chessmaster ½-½6119945th Harvard CupD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Chessmaster vs Gulko  0-110619945th Harvard CupB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
7. Chessmaster vs Shabalov 1-03519945th Harvard CupD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Bronstein vs Chessmaster 1-0401995The Hague AEGONB20 Sicilian
9. Chessmaster vs Gulko 0-17819956th Harvard CupA20 English
10. R Mateo vs Chessmaster  ½-½401997SANTO DOMINGO,SAMANEL IIID37 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Chessmaster vs M Lugo  1-0331997SANTO DOMINGO,SAMANEL IIIC18 French, Winawer
12. Chessmaster vs B Dominguez  ½-½311997SANTO DOMINGO,SAMANEL IIIB33 Sicilian
13. A Delmonte vs Chessmaster  ½-½141997SANTO DOMINGO,SAMANEL IIIC05 French, Tarrasch
14. J Beliard vs Chessmaster  0-1351997SANTO DOMINGO,SAMANEL IIID32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
15. Chessmaster vs G Pena  1-0271997SANTO DOMINGO,SAMANEL IIIE91 King's Indian
16. Chessmaster vs A Montes De Oca 1-06119984ta. COPA SAMANELC40 King's Knight Opening
17. Chessmaster vs M Fernandez  1-06019984ta. COPA SAMANELE92 King's Indian
18. R Mateo vs Chessmaster 0-12919984ta. COPA SAMANELD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
19. J M Dominguez vs Chessmaster 0-12319984ta. COPA SAMANELD02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Chessmaster vs N D Alvarado Sepulveda ½-½7119984ta. COPA SAMANELB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
21. N Pinal vs Chessmaster  ½-½1919984ta. COPA SAMANELC49 Four Knights
22. Chessmaster vs J M Jaquez  1-05819984ta. COPA SAMANELE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
23. REBEL vs Chessmaster  1-03819984th Copa SamanelD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
24. L Christiansen vs Chessmaster 0-1612002ICC 2 120 uA04 Reti Opening
25. Chessmaster vs L Christiansen 0-1552002ICC 2 120 uB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
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Premium Chessgames Member
  BishopBerkeley: I just installed "Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition" on my PC, and I was delighted to discover that it can run without the CD! (Earlier versions of Chessmaster have required you to keep the CD in the CD tray.)

This is a significant improvement, most welcome. True, the full installation does take up nearly 3 GB on the hard drive, but in this age of terabyte drives, that's not so bad. (And you can choose to exclude certain features from installation if hard drive space is an issue.)

My experience with Chessmaster (in its various versions over the years) has been very positive. I hope Ubisoft (the present holding company for Chessmaster) will retain this CD-free operation in future versions.

Hope you are all in good spirits.

(: ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗ :)

Premium Chessgames Member
  BishopBerkeley: <KKDEREK> Thanks for your thoughts!

I agree with you that Ubisoft has good taste in layouts. The interface really has been improved, to my thinking. They've made some effort to render some of the House of Staunton Chess sets in the 3D mode, and some of them are quite playable and pleasant to look at.

Some of the Chessmaster "personalities" do make rather obvious blunders -- not the kind of organic blunders a human player would typically make, but just nonsense moves.

But I find that above a certain level, some of the "mistakes" are at least somewhat interesting!

And yes, as a teaching and learning tool, it really is very good.

Hope you will get a copy of the latest version!

Best wishes....

(: ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗ :)

May-08-09  ILikeFruits: i have...
10th edition...


May-08-09  Sydro: i have...
3rd edition...


May-08-09  ILikeFruits: really...


May-23-09  Sicilian Dragon: indeed....


May-23-09  WhiteRook48: i have....
seventy-fifth edition...
Aug-01-09  The Rocket: "That's a good question. I'm not sure if the time limit would benefit the computer or the human more. For the human, the time limit doesn't matter very much because we weed out most moves to evaluate anyway, but the weakness would be playing a bad move under time pressure."

thats not true the computer actually blunders in blitz games with 1-5 min I was actually winning as black! against chessmaster 11(gm edition) at the hardest level in a 2min game and agreed to draw in time pressure. the computer made some big positional misstakes which gave me eventually the exchange up.

I have the game saved but I doubt anyone would be interested to see it

Aug-17-09  ALEXIN: About CM9000, its personalities, strenght, etc:
Oct-02-09  nasiminasirov: Nakamura cannot win Rybka in 3 min game. In youtube he pushes the next button of the saved game. No one an play faster like that, because it physically takes time to touch the mouse and move the piece.
Mar-08-10  rapidcitychess: Chessmaster 9000 was bugged up. I played Chessmaster and it sacrificed its Queen immediately! Also, GM edition is not overly strong. I am 1500 Glicko and drew three times against Leko and Smyslov!! I know it is cool, but does anyone else have an easy time against chess master?
Jun-21-10  7Heaven: Chessmaster is great. My favorite is the fairytale 3D set.HAHAHAHAHA!!!:)

I heard Kasparov is in Grandmaster Edition,isn't he?

Jul-03-10  The Rocket: < "I am 1500 Glicko and drew three times against Leko and Smyslov!! I know it is cool, but does anyone else have an easy time against chess master?">

errm the leko profile has an extreme draw acceptance.. 13 moves and it accepts if the position is equal...

and anyway the tweaking on that profile is messed up..

havent played the smyslov profile yet..

Jul-26-10  einherjar: How accurate is the rating on chessmaster profiles? Has anyone tested them on real rated players?
Aug-14-10  rapidcitychess: <The Rocket> Yeah the Leko one was a quick "GM" draw, while the Smyslov was more deserved. (Double Rook ending.) Though I did recently beat the Blackburne one.
Dec-26-10  Birthday Boy: Hello,

does anyone both have the version of X & XI? if you do, could you please tell me whats the difference of the 10th & 11th version

thanks in advance.

Mar-19-11  kevins55555: I want to see Chessmaster GM edition vs Kasparov.
Mar-20-11  I play the Fred: I learned the moves at nine, but it was Chessmaster 3000, which I acquired circa age 17, which really taught me how to play the game. I was so pumped when I finally beat Chessmaster (albeit not in Tournament Mode) that I kept the game for all these years.

This game has sentimental value only; in reality, it's horrible.

White: Me
Black: CM3000

1. d4 d6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. e4 Bg7 5. Bd3 Nc6 6. d5 Nd4 7. Nge2 Bg4 8. O-O c6 9. Be3 Nd7 10. Rc1 e5 11. Re1 Qh4 12. Qa4 Nc5 13. Qd1 Nxe2+ 14. Nxe2 Bxe2 15. Rxe2 Nxe4 16. dxc6 bxc6 17. Bxe4 Qxe4 18. Qxd6 Bf8 19. Qc7 Bh6 20. Bc5 Qxg2+ 21. Kxg2 Bf8 22. Rxe5+ Be7 23. Qxe7#

Apr-05-11  SirChrislov: <This game has sentimental value only; in reality, it's horrible.>

Sir<I play the Fred> No it's not. I liked it very much but I don't see why black neglected to castle and mobilize his rooks. I like <20.Bc5!>

here's my game. Chris-CM4000 on 100% play strength

1.d4 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.Nd2 e6 4.Bd3 Bd6 5.f4 0-0 6.Ngf3 c5 7.c3 c4 8.Bc2 Nc6 9.Rg1 Bd7 10.g4 h6 11.h4 Qa5 12.Nh2 Rac8 13.g5 hxg5 14.hxg5 Nh7 15.Qe2 Ne7 16.Ndf1 Rfd8 17.Bd2 Ba4 18.Bb1 Qb6 19.Bc1 Nf8 20.a3 Nfg6 21.Ba2 Nf5 22.Rb1 Bc7 23.Ng4 Bb8 24.Nf2 Bd6 25.Nd1 Bc7 26.Nh2 a6 27.Ng4 Bd6 28.Ngf2 Bb8 29.Bd2 Bc2 30.Rc1 Bb3 31.Bb1 Qc6 32.Qg4 Qd7 33.Ke2 b6 34.Nh3 Ba4 35.Rh1 Rf8 36.Rh2 Rfe8 37.Kf1 Red8 38.Re2 Nge7 39.Be1 Bb3 40.Ndf2 Ng6

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41.Bd2 a5 42.Rce1 Ba4 43.Bc1 Bd6 44.Nh1 Re8 45.Ng3 Nge7 46.Rh2 Nxg3+ 47.Qxg3 Nf5 48.Qg4 Bb8 49.Ke2 Rf8 50.Reh1 Rfd8 51.Ng1 Kf8 52.Nf3 g6 53.Nd2 Bb5 54.Nf1 Ke7 55.Ng3 Ba4 56.Rh7 Qb7 57.Qh3 Rg8 58.Nxf5+ gxf5 59. Qh5 Ke8 60.Qh6 Qe7 61.Qh3 Qd7 62.Qf3 Bd6 63.Qh5 Kf8 64.Qf3 Ke8 65.R1h4 Be7 66.Qg3 Qc7 67.Qg2 Qd7 68.Qf3 Kf8 69.Qh5 Bd6 70.Qf3 Ke8 71.R4h6 Kf8 72.g6 Rg7 73.Rxg7 Kxg7 74.Qh5 Bxf4 75.exf4 Kf8 76.Rh8+ Ke7 77.Qg5+ Kd6 78.Rxc8 Qxc8 79.g7 Qg8 80.Qh6 Bc2

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81.Bxc2 Qd8 82.Qh8 Qxh8 83.gxh8Q Kc7 84.Ba4 b5 85.Bxb5 e5 86.dxe5 a4 87.Qe8 f6 88.Qd7+ Kb8 89.Bc6 d4 90.Qb7#

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Jun-12-11  SmotheredKing: I just finished playing a "40 moves/120 min SD: 60 min" game against the Henry Bird GM personality from Chessmaster's 10th edition.

Here is the score:

[Event "Chessmaster 10th Edition Rated Game"]
[Site ""]
[Date "6-12-2011"]
[Round ""]
[White "Lucena"]
[Black "Bird"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "oft "]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 Nc6 4.d4 d5 6.Bxe4 Nf6 7.Bg5 Qb6 8.Bxf6 Qxb2

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9.Bg5 Qxa1 10.Qb3 Bd7 11.O-O Na5 12.Qc2 cxd4 13.Nxd4 h6 14.Bc1 f5 15.Bd3 Be7 16.Nb3 Ba4 17.Bb5+ Bxb5 18.Nxa1 Bxf1 19.Kxf1 Kf7

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20.Nb3 Nxb3 21.axb3 Rhd8 22.Be3 Bf6 23.c4 g5 24.Ke2 b6 25.Bd2 Rd7 26.Bc3 Rad8 27.Bxf6 Kxf6

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28.Nc3 Kf7 29.g4 Kg6 30.gxf5+ exf5 31.Nd5 Rd6 32.Qc3 Re8+ 33.Kf3 Kf7 34. Qa1 a5 35.Qa3 Rc6 36.Qa4 Ree6 37.Qb5 Rcd6 38.Qa6 Kg7 39.Qa7+ Kf8 40.Qb8+ Kf7 41.Qh8 f4 42.Qh7+ Kf8 43.Nc7 Re7 44.Qf5+ Kg7 45.Nb5 Rg6 46.h3 Rf6 47.Qd5 Rg6 48.Nd4 Kf8 49.Nf5 Ree6 50.Kg4 Rgf6 51.Qd8+ Kf7 52.Qd7+ Kf8 53.Qg7+ Ke8 54.Nd4 Rd6 55.Nb5 Rc6 56.Nc7+ Kd8 57.Nd5 Rfe6 58.Kf5

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58...a4 59.bxa4 g4 60.hxg4 f3 61.Qg8+ Re8 62.Qf7 Ree6 63.Qxe6 Rxe6 64.Kxe6 Kc8 65.Nxb6+ Kc7 66.Nd5+ Kc6 67.a5 Kc5 68.a6 Kc6 69.c5 Kb5 70.a7 Kc4 71.a8=Q Kb3 72.Qa6 Kc2 73.Qc4+ Kd2 74.Qd4+ Ke1 75.Qe3+ Kf1 76.Qxf3 Ke1 77.Nf4 Kd2 78.Qd3+ Kc1 79.Ne2+ Kb2 80.Qc3+ Ka2 81.Nc1+ Kb1 82.Nd3 h5 83.Qb2# 1-0

Time remaining on clock:

Lucena 1:19:56 Bird 35:49

I know it's nothing special but I'm pretty satisfied with this game.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessical: The opening moves should read: 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c3 Nc6 4. d4 d5 5. Bd3 dxe4 6. Bxe4 Nf6 7. Bg5 Qb6 8.Bxf6 Qxb2 etc
Jun-13-11  SmotheredKing: you are right, I skipped a move there sorry.
Sep-27-11  I play the Fred: <SirChrislov> thanks for the compliments; it pains me to tell you that you're wrong about the quality of the game I posted, but your generous spirit has been noted.

Speaking of <CM3000>, does anyone know who wrote the historical overview booklet of chess that came with the program? It was one hell of a good little primer of chess history, hitting all the major points along the way.

Oct-11-11  I play the Fred: More about CM3000

1) Does anyone know of a site where one can acquire older versions of CM? I'd love to mess with 3000 again.

2) The following game is surely incredibly unsound, but it is my best win against CM3000.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f4 e5 7. Nb3 Nc6 8. Bc4 Bg4 9. Qd2 exf4 10. Qxf4 Ne5 11. Bd5 Qc7 12. h3 Bd7 13. Bd2 Nxd5 14. Nxd5 Qxc2 15. O-O Bb5 16. Nd4 Qc4 17. Nxb5 axb5 18. Bc3 Qc5+ 19. Kh1 f6 20. Rac1 Nd3 21. Qf5 Nxc1 22. Qe6+ Kd8 23.Bxf6+ gxf6 24. Rxf6 Rxa2 25. Rf7 Qc6 26. Nf6 d5 27. Rd7+ Qxd7 28. Qxd7#

Apr-29-18  zanzibar: All these years later, and one can still find an online page for it...

Not all the links work, but given that the last ship date was 2007(*), it's still fairly functional.



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