The Chessmaster (NES)

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The Chessmaster
Chessmaster - NES - USA.jpg
Platform: NES
Year: 1989
Developer: The Software Toolworks, Inc.
Buy: Amazon

The Chessmaster is the first in the Chessmaster series. The game is nothing more than a game of chess, which tests your skill and mind. The player takes on fifteen different levels of difficulty, and only after they beat the highest difficulty, can they claim themselves the Chessmaster. The game was pretty revolutionary for its time, as it contained many features that weren't available in many other chess games at the time. There are lots of different ways to play the game. You can play with your pieces at the top or at the bottom, play black and white, play different AI difficulty levels. The game got pretty good reviews.


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The title screen.

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The board.

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There isn't much music in this game. There are only a few fanfares and one short piece of music that don't even last 20 seconds. The title theme is an arrangement of the jazz classic Take Five. While the game and its manual lack credits, Peter Stone has verified on his website for composing the music to this and the SNES version. The music was composed on Dr. T's KCS for the Atari ST as MIDI files, then converted to a sound engine programmed by Mike Riedel.


# Title ComposerArrangerProgrammer Length Listen Download
01 Take Five Paul DesmondPeter StoneMike Riedel 0:13
02 White Moves Peter StonePeter StoneMike Riedel 0:01
03 Black Moves Peter StonePeter StoneMike Riedel 0:01
04 Piece Captured Peter StonePeter StoneMike Riedel 0:02
05 Check Peter StonePeter StoneMike Riedel 0:01
06 Checkmate Frédéric ChopinPeter StoneMike Riedel 0:05


(Source: [1], sound engine comparison; game lacks credits.)

Game Rip






Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.


  USA.svg   USA
Chessmaster - NES - USA.jpg
Title: The Chessmaster
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-01-??
Publisher: Hi-Tech Expressions
  EU.svg   EU
Chessmaster - NES - EU.jpg
Title: The Chessmaster
Platform: NES
Released: 1992-03-26
Publisher: Nintendo, Co., Ltd.