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Chessmaster 9000 (Mac)
List Price: $39.99

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Product Description

Chessmaster 9000 places you where you must master one of history's great challenges -- the age-old game of chess! This new & improved chess engine features 150 different opponents, from beginner to Grandmaster level. Speed up the action in Speed Chess mode You are invited to test your brain by mastering history's greatest game!

  • Smart, popular chess software
  • Learn how to play like a master
  • Incredible 3-D sets, boards, and backgrounds
  • Tons of features to improve learning
  • For 1 or 2 players

Customer Reviews:

  • Chessmaster 9000 for Mac
    This is absolutly the best chess software for Mac OS X I've played. For Leopard, you must go to [...] and download the 1.1.2 Universal patch to upgrade the program for PPC, Intel, and Macbooks running at least OS 10.4.

    Once you've installed the patch, the program runs without a hitch, or at least it does on my 20" iMac Intel 2 Duo Core, 10.5.6, 2 Gig RAM and my 13" Macbook. The DVD is required so I'm assuming there are voice and animation files that are not installed with the program.

    Game play is fast paced as the clock defaults to a 5 minute blitz game, but that can be changed. The tutorials start easy and then get progressively harder and in-depth. Rated games pit you against a player with an EVO of about 100 pts. more than you, and as your rating increases so does your opponents. I've seen my game improve after just a few weeks using this powerful and easy to navigate program....more info
  • Wonderful & Endlessly Annoying
    I agree with all aspects of the positive reviews on this product, as well as the negatives. The overriding problem with Chessmaster 9000 is the requirement that the disk be inserted during use. If it just sat there unobtrusively it would be a mild annoyance. But it whirrs to life randomly and sometimes stays on for minutes at a time. This while you are playing a game that requires rigid attention. It should be marketed as a random distraction engine that will either force you to hone your skills despite the ambient periodic noise and vibration, or quit. If Feral could somehow get past this (this is 2009, there has to be a less intrusive way to protect their product)they would have the perfect game. This a great and terribly frustrating product. ...more info
  • Really Good Game When Not Crashing!
    Chessmaster 9000 (Mac)

    Well, I was warned, but tried anyway, as we switched to Mac from many PC's in past.
    The PC versions we have owned of Chessmaster 900 and Chessmaster 10th edition work just perfectly. They are really slick fun programs,(not needing the CD in to use either).
    BUT, this MAC version which is an older Chessmaster program just CRASHES every once in a while. I did download two patches, but it STILL crashes at times and says "Sorry, but the program has ended unexpectedly".

    So, reluctantly, I would recommend one waits until another version comes out to buy....MACS are a fine computer system, but this is very poor programming by the Feral company......more info
  • Chessmaster 9000 For Mac Will Not Run
    Although it is not stated in the product description or on the box itself, this program will not run on OS X Leopard 10.5.6. Additionally, Feral Interactive never responded to various requests for support. The product had to be returned....more info
  • Doesn't seem to compatible with OS 10.5
    This is a great product but the support for the Mac seems to be a problem. I recently upgraded to Leopard and Chessmaster 9000 now takes forever to close dialog boxes. I've had no problems related to the speed of moving pieces or loading personalities that I've read about elsewhere. But, there are enough problems that I would stay away from this product for the time being. And, I have installed the patches, no help......more info
  • Better than Fritz for Most Users
    First, I am not a grandmaster. If I were a grandmaster, perhaps I would care about comparisons between Chessmaster and Fritz or Shredder for example. Grandmasters generally gravitate toward Fritz, and the few tournaments I've ever watched in person use Fritz to illustrate the play on big screen monitors. This, however, is of no consequence to Mac owners because neither Fritz, nor Shredder is available for Mac.* (see note below)

    In any case, this is wonderfully designed software, challenging for all levels of play. The graphics are terrific. The imbedded tutorial, which includes in-depth analysis by Josh Waitzken (the real person behind the movie character in "Searching for Bobby Fisher") of 10 or so of his own best games, is better than any I've ever used, including Fritz. In fact, if you can't afford a teacher, this is the next best thing. It might even be better, depending on the teacher.

    My favorite feature is the number and variety of virtual opponents, who, in addition to "Chessmaster" himself, include a number of virtual historic and modern grand masters (Capablanca, Nimzowitz, etc), as well as fictional amateurs at every level, complete with photos of your opponent and specific idiosyncrasies as to tactics and strategies ("John" "neglects the center"; "Dylan" is "balanced"; etc.) This is much more fun than learning with Fritz, which can be handicapped, but only in limited, numerical ways. The point is, each virtual opponent plays with a certain built-in set of habits, some good, some bad. Whether the real Capablanca would have recognized his style on this program, I don't know, but it's fun to think so.

    You can also set up positions, see how various opponents would handle them, or see how Chessmaster would handle them. This feature demonstrates that there are many ways to skin the cat. You can play casually and "win" every time using "mentor lines", get detailed or quick advice on specific moves and positions, and you can take back your moves in this mode. Alternately, you can play in virtual tournaments by which, after 20 games or so against rated virtual opponents, will establish your real rating - you can't take moves back or seek advice in tournament play. Also, you can disable the engine and play against another human opponent, or you can set up games between virtual grandmasters from every age in the history of modern chess, and watch the play. (The program also has a huge database of famous games for study.) After you've played a game, you can have the program analyze and annotate the game you just played, showing blunders, better moves, etc. with audio explanations. One thing you cannot do is set up your games so that, even if it becomes ridiculous, the program will resign. Chessmaster never resigns. But this forces you to study endgame by trial and error. By learning checkmate, you learn the game.

    Like Fritz, Chessmaster has an opening book reference that can be used during play, although this is the least sophisticated of its pedagogical features. But opening strategies are covered in detail in the tutorial, and ultimately it's better to know why the Sicilian systems work, than just to memorize the moves.

    * NOTE: When I used to have a PC, I had all kinds of chess software including multiple versions of Fritz and Chessmaster. As far as I can find, you've got 3 choices as a Mac owner. This, a Fritz program for teaching children, and a program endorsed by Kasparov with his name on it. I'm not a child or a beginner and I might check out the Kasparov program if I can find it. Sadly, many software manufacturers don't seem to know about Macintosh OS's, or more likely, don't care. ...more info
  • Clumsy and awkward
    This computer chess program has been around since forever, and I guess the developers just got lazy. I remember playing Chessmaster 3000 maybe 15 years ago, and I swear the game play was superior then. Almost everything about 9000 is incredibly awkward.

    The 3D graphics are so intolerable to look at (and the computer frequently misinterprets which piece I am trying to move when the graphics overlap), that I have to play in 2D. Even then, motion graphics are not smooth on my 2 GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook. The windows open up on top of each other and do not "remember" the position you move them to, so you have to do this each time you start the game. Not to mention the problem everyone else notes about needing the DVD every time you play.

    The educational component of the game, which is the main reason for my purchase, is tolerable. But a lot of the intermediate lessons are just quizzes (which move is better) without any real explanation. The best thing about the game is the ability to play opponents of many different levels and personalities.

    Overall, I'm rather disappointed in the game and do not consider it a good value at forty bucks....more info