The Spacious Mind
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Commodore 64/128 Masterchess (1987)
‚ÄúCommodore 64/128 Masterchess‚ÄĚ Logo taken from Cassette cover (front).

“Commodore 64/128 Masterchess” Logo taken from Cassette cover (front).

‚ÄúCommodore 64/128  Masterchess‚ÄĚ Logo taken from Cassette cover (front).

“Commodore 64/128 Masterchess” Logo taken from Cassette cover (front).

MASTERCHESS has been designed to be a no-frills chess playing program of advanced ability which is easy to use. Special emphasis has been placed on providing facilities useful to those wishing to improve their game as well as just pass a pleasant hour or three.

To this end it is possible to review an entire game, step-by-step, or rearrange the pieces to make a point, or even build-up a position starting with a blank board. Handy for solving chess problems, or practicing your end game!

Early in the development of MASTERCHESS, the 3-D, or perspective, view of the chess board was investigated and discarded. It is difficult to use on-screen and wastes a large amount of memory. The savings have gone into strengthening the computer opponent.

Excerpts taken for the “MASTERCHESS” User Manual.

Mastertronic was a British Software publisher renowned for selling budget software normally selling at £1.99 for cassette games and £2.99 for disk games.

MASTERCHESS has to be one the weakest chess software ever produced and sold commercially.

‚ÄúMASTERCHESS‚ÄĚ Picture taken from Cassette cover (front)

“MASTERCHESS” Picture taken from Cassette cover (front)

Information

Commodore 64/128 Masterchess (1987)

Commodore 64/128 Masterchess (1987)

Disk Version (front)

Commodore 64/128 Masterchess (1987) Disk Version (front)

5.1/4” Floppy Disk

Commodore 64/128 Masterchess (1987) 5.1/4‚ÄĚ Floppy Disk

Cassette Version

Commodore 64/128 Masterchess (1987) Cassette Version

Budget Software for the C64!

Technical Specifications

Manufacturer

Programmer

Mastertronic

Unknown

Year:

1987

Manufacturer ELO

N/A

Original Price:

£1.99

Language:

6502 Assembly

Code/Data Size:

?

Media:

Disk & Cassette

Processor Type

Speed

ROM

RAM

6510

8 Bit

1.023 MHz (NTSC)

20 KB

64 KB

Move Entry

Options Selection

Playing Levels

Opening Library

Take Back Moves

Keyboard

Keyboard

9

Yes

Yes

Position Setup/Ver.

Display Move Info/Analysis

Solve Mate

Save Game / Ponder

Hint/ Teach Mode

Yes / Yes

No / No

Yes

Yes / No

No / No

Active Level:

30 Seconds

Tournament Level:

180 Seconds

Infinite Level:

6

Game Information

The Spacious Mind

Active Games (30s:1 or 60/30 etc.)

Tournament Games (180s:1 or 40/2 hrs)

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

50

2

8

48

12.00

919

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Game Screenshots

Commodore 64/128 Masterchess (1987) Loading Screen

Commodore 64/128 Masterchess (1987) Chess Board

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