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Chessmaster 9000 introduces players to the rules and strategies of chess, while building skills through fun yet comprehensive tutorials. Beginners as well as seasoned chess players can enjoy the many features and stimulating competition that have made Chessmaster the world's most popular chess program.

Featuring challenging gameplay with unrivalled personal instruction and chess resource material to elevate your game, Chessmaster 9000 is the teacher, mentor and ultimate opponent that provides countless hours of interactive competition and fun.

What's New

Version 1.1.3:
  • Networking - Network games with Gameranger are now fully suported.
  • Performance - Various performance upgrades

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Hungron Member IconComment+1
Hungron
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MY god it has taken you this long to get out a UB. The Intel chips have been out for over 2 years buddy. What have you been smoking for the last 2+ years. Do you have any of it left. Man if I can forget the last 2 years what a bone head. Stay away from the co. PERIOD.

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Version 1.1.2
EddDeDuck
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The game ran under Rossetta (some of our other titles did not) so this was slightly lower on the patch list. It takes a massive effort and many hours of work (more than a usual patch but not as much as a complete port) to update to Universal as you need to rebuild the entire program for Intel CPU's and also change to having to use XCode from the previous PPC development environments like Codewarrior.

Edwin

gryphonent Member IconReview+444
gryphonent
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I purchased Chessmaster 9000 back in 2003 when it was released. It has been littered with bugs ever since and the developer has been slow to address those (despite numerous emails and promises that 'an update will be out soon').
Some five years after its release Chessmaster now goes universal. About time. However, the DVD still needs to be present in the drive... and quite frankly: this is annoying for a game like this. No warranty on the DVD either as it's just too old.
I've stopped using Chessmaster 9000 and purchased Shredder Chess instead. It's simple graphicwise, but more effective and stronger in its thinking. Also, you don't need the DVD present (forget it anyway on travels most of the time).

I won't purchase any game from Feral ever again. My experience with Chessmaster 9000 was THAT bad.

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Version 1.1.2
EddDeDuck
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This is just a response to the comments made in this review of Chessmaster 9000.

1.) The 1.0.2 patch solved all of the major reported issues we had with the game, we sold thousands of copies of Chessmaster and on the whole we have had a lot more good comments than bad since we released 1.0.2. After this we even have updated (again) with a 1.1.2 universal version of the game. This is not to say that their are not issues just that a lot of people might not suffer like you did.

The original 1.0 release had a patch released quickly (1.0.1) to fix some reported problems (and to add French support), the second 1.0.2 patch was released to support 10.4 which had new libraries that needed to be supported.

2.) Chessmaster 9000 has been out for a while now, it was released a long time before Intel Mac even existed. The game ran under rosetta on Intel Macs (although a little slow in parts) meaning you could still play without a UA patch. The Universal update was provided free of charge as an update to all users of the game so we can continue support of this title. Updating to Intel native takes a lot of work and is a lot more effort than a standard patch.

We pride ourselves on supporting older products, the fact we support and patch games that are as old as Chessmaster 9000 we think is a good thing rather than a bad thing as you can see we have a track record of supporting products and caring about our products over the long term not just the first year or six months.

3.) We offer a disk replacement service for the cost of a disk and postage. This covers any potential issues people might have with needing the disk and damaging it on route. Sadly the disk check is their due to rampant piracy of the title which is hindered by using a original DVD check. We are looking at other solutions like online checking instead but this raises different issues which people might not like.

Finally I am sorry you are so unhappy with the game and that you don't want to buy another Feral game ever, rest assured we do always strive to make the best game we can and make it as Mac like as possible.

Edwin

gryphonent Member IconComment+444
gryphonent
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I for one will not purchase EVER any other game from Feral! I've now been waiting four years to get the bugs fixed. Still no universal binary in sight. Nothing but promises and promises. Feral sucks!

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Version 1.0.2
wjb3wvu Member IconComment+31
wjb3wvu
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I'm going to retract some of my earlier statements about this company. The program is still useless on my machine, but the developer is going the extra mile to find a resolution. Earlier I had posted that I was not hearing from them. They say they were at Mac World for the week, and have since been communicating with me regularly.

We haven't come across a fix, but it's nice that they're attempting to find one, and keeping me informed while doing so.

I'll also offer this: I have an upgraded CPU, and though I've had zero issues with it in the past - with any other software - the developer thinks this could be the issue with my machine.

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Version 1.0.2b10
robertcomposer Member IconComment+0
robertcomposer
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My CM9000 only partially works on my G4 laptop, OS 10.4

I've written customer support, but have not recieved any kind of reply. This is dissapointing. This is not freeware and it seems to me that some responce to these issues is only fair. Too bad, it's a fun game.

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Version 1.0.2b10
EddDeDuck
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You might be e-mailing from an ISP that has been temporarily blacklisted due to spam issues. You can also report any issues using this web form that will work 100% of the time.

http://support.feralinteractive.com/index.php?pid=newticket&user=&department=6

Once you fill in the form or your email arrives we will investigate your problem.

EddDeDuck
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Robert, I found your email address via MacUpdate and have emailed you with some questions on your issue. Hopefully they will solve your issue asap.

Edwin

wjb3wvu Member IconComment+31
wjb3wvu
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Patch b10 doesn't solve my problem. For a synopsis of that, read my earlier posts. At least Feral has answered emails now. Perhaps they'll stay in touch and we can reach a resolution.

I'm running a 1GHz PPC G4 with 896 MB ram and OS 10.4.4. Chessmaster crashes with every attempt to play it.

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Version 1.0.2b10
EddDeDuck
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This issue (crashes no matter the setup) has not been reported by any other user on the internet and appears to be just associated with your machine.

We are looking into the issue but this currently appears to be an issue outside of Chessmaster 9000. Regardless we are following this up with the user in the support system.

About the replying, we have been at MacWorld and hence we have not been answering support as quickly as our support team was at the show. We also have been having issues with either our ISP or US ISP's marking emails as spam meaning that some end users don't get replies. This appears to have been solved in most cases now.

If you don't get a reply within 3 working days, you can open a support request via a web form at support.feralinteractive.com.

Best Regards,

Edwin

Getzen Member IconComment+1
Getzen
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I just noticed that Feral has posted a more recent beta patch at their website:

http://www.feralinteractive.com/?section=support&language=english

The patch is up to beta 10 now, so it looks like there is more work being done. The patch does partially alleviate the problem I mentioned below about cpu hogging -- when you switch to another app or the Finder, CM9000 suspends operation, releasing the cpu *if* there isn't an analysis going on.

The only bug is that to get the focus back on CM9000, you can't click in the game window, you have to click on the dock icon. Weird.

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Version 1.0.2b2
Getzen Member IconComment+1
Getzen
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A couple of quick notes. I just got CM9000 and immediately replaced the app with version 1.02b2. Contrary to some of the other comments here, it runs fine so far on my 1.8Mhz G5 PowerMac with 10.4.4.

My only complaint is that the game hogs the cpu -- pegging the usage at 100% -- no matter what settings I choose for Engine Priority, Blunder Alert, Mentor Lines, Pondering, etc. Heck, the cpu is pegged at the *title window*, before a chess board is even displayed.

Bug alert: The Engine Priority setting can't be changed back from the low setting. Set it back to high, close the Engine option window, reopen it, and the setting is back on Low again, not that it seems to matter since the cpu is pegged regardless.

The *only* time the cpu comes down is when choosing a menu item.

CM9000 is very nice (I had previously purchased it for a PC), but the CPU hogging issue must be fixed.

Also, is it somehow possible to load an Xboard engine as a personality, as in the Windows version?

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Version 1.0.2b2
wjb3wvu Member IconComment+31
wjb3wvu
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Time to update my review below. Feral has had a week to respond to any of my numerous emails to their customer service and tech support address. Their program won't run on my setup, even though I have ample computing power to do so (I checked before buying). This game simply won't run on OS 10.4, and they don't seem to care, or inclined to do anything to indicate to me that they're working to fix it. What a shame - such potential, but DON'T purchase.

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Version 1.0.2b2
wjb3wvu Member IconReview+31
wjb3wvu
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Just purchased Chessmaster 9000 1.0.1. Wish I had read these comments before doing so. I just won't run on my OS 10.4.3. Crashes as soon as I try to begin play. Feral should have stated up front that this version has issues with OS 10.4. They were more than happy to take my money, and it is a little early to assess their support, but I'm not real optomistic after reading comments in this forum. As it stands now, my $40 investment is a coaster.

My ratings reflect the potential this game has, but it's virtually worthless as is.

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Version 1.0.2b2
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Downloads 14,651
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Date 20 May 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $40.00
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