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Chessmaster: The Art of Learning

2 Ratings: 3.5
Board and Card video game by Ubi Soft Entertainment for the DS

In Chessmaster: The Art of Learning, Josh Waitzkin, International Master and eight-time National Chess Champion, coaches players to grasp the basic fundamentals of chess and to master the game through exciting courses and tutorials taken directly from … see full wiki

Release Date: October, 2007
1 review about Chessmaster: The Art of Learning

Great Chess Video Game with Unique Extras

  • Dec 30, 2007
Pros: Unique mini games to teach and reinforce chess concepts and piece movements

Cons: None that I can think of

The Bottom Line: Great game for all levels of chess experience from those just learning to play to those who are advanced and just love to be able to play the game.

The Chessmaster series of games have always been great for practicing chess against computer opponents and improving your game. This particular game takes the game to a whole new level not just by making it a more portable version. The game has the basic mode of playing against computer players of different skill levels, i.e. ratings. The game also has some typical chess puzzles such as having you find the one move to checkmate the opponent and finding a move to avoid being checkmated. The game adds extra fun and depth to it, however, by the fact that it also has a mini game section. In this mini game section it has six games that help you improve your chess skills by playing some unique games such as the Fork My Fruit mini game. This game helps you to learn to look for fork moves by having you try to move pieces so that they are attacking at least two of the same kind of fruit at the same time. Another great mini game is the Pawn Charge that has you try to get your pawns across the board without getting captured and trying to capture opponent pieces. The Breaking the Lines mini game is particularly great if you have trouble visualizing the movement of the knights, as this game gets you to use the knights to capture all the pawns and not get your knight captured by protected pawns.

Overall this game can be a great one for beginners just learning chess as the mini games are fun and unique ways to get a better understanding of the special concepts of chess such as pins and forks that can really help improve your game. Thus it can also be good for intermediate players that know how to play the game, but do not know much about these concepts. Finally the game still offers a fun challenge to more advanced players because it has more difficult computer players for them to face and the mini games can still be fun because they can use the concepts of chess they already know to play the different games and take a break from the normal chess play.


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