Fidelity Chess-Master 2100
|a game by||The Software Toolworks|
|Editor Rating:||6/10, based on 1 review|
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Software Toolworks has taken its excellent computer chess program, Chess-master 2000, and created a next-generation sequel that's even more powerful and feature-laden, and an absolute joy to play.
The improved chess logic in Fidelity Chessmaster 2100 was licensed from Fidelity Electronics, a leader in dedicated electronic chess games. The results are simply stunning—from the screen graphics and voice synthesis to the depth of play and the wide variety of options. (Some features vary depending on the computer system you use.)
Chessmaster 2100 offers both two-dimensional and three-dimensional boards, an opening library of more than 150,000 moves, unlimited levels of play, 110 different classic games, and a special War Room view that lets you simultaneously see the board, the move list, captured pieces, the clocks, and Chessmaster's "thinking" in progress.
Chessmaster 2100 can be adjusted to play an even easier game than Chessmaster 2000, so beginners have a better chance. The program offers full explanations when illegal moves are attempted (16-bit and PC computers only), expanded Teaching and Hint modes, and a Rate-My-Play feature that shows your playing strength.
There's a full chess tutorial on disk to help beginners learn the game, and the package includes an excellent 56-page game booklet with chess instructions, the library of classic games, a brief history of chess, and some brain teasers.
On advanced levels, you can set time and move variations just about any way you want. And with a single keystroke, you can display context-sensitive help screens for a multitude of situations.
In short, Software Toolworks has once again set a new standard for computer-based chess programs. The game is loaded with features, is easy to use, and is a vast and challenging chess playground for novices and experts alike.