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Chessmaster 6000

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
Chessmaster6000.sit (31.01 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
Chessmaster6000_CD.sit (504.63 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
This game works with: SheepShaver,

"Chessmaster 6000 is interactive chess, featuring 3-D game boards and playing pieces. The graphics and completely redesigned interface put you right in the middle of the action. Make the most of your game with rated play, insider playing tips, and expert assessment by renowned chess masters. If you like, expert chess coach Bruce Pandolfini can assess your skills, move by move. Take new diagnostic tests to determine your true skill level--and let Bruce point out your strengths and weaknesses. You'll also get chess tips from international master Josh Waitzkin (subject of the film and book Searching for Bobby Fischer) in his updated audio-annotated games and visual-play analysis. Take advantage of his vast wisdom and learn inside moves that you won't find anywhere else."

The MacGarden download link is for a condensed version of the original CD. You can still play games, and all of the features are enabled except for Josh Waitzkin's Tutorial and his Annotated Tournament games. If you want the full featured CD, it is the second download link above.

Another nice feature of this game, and other similar chess programs, is the ability to download saved games in the form of PGN files. They may be then loaded for viewing. Sites such as offer a plethora of saved games and feature a robust search engine. Tip: Sometimes downloaded games will have a .txt extension which need to be changed to .pgn prior to loading.

If you're interested, you can download all 6 PGN files of the famous Kasparov versus Deep Blue match, 1997:

Works in OS X Classic mode

Architecture: PPC

QuickTime 4.0 or higher


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by Vitoarc - 2010, October 28 - 2:08pm

The file I acquired by another member was in ShrinkWrap. Balrog asked me to change, re-up. I used DiskCopy 6.3 and Stuffit Deluxe 5.5. The download mounts for me using DiskImageMounter in OSX Tiger and Toast Titanium 5.2. Check the Checksum is all I can suggest.

The full CD is a clean image by the way.

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by IIGS_User - 2010, October 28 - 9:02am

According to this Auction:
The Chessmaster 6000 runs on Mac OS 7.5.3 up to 9.2.2, on a PowerMac with minimum 90 MHz, 32 MB RAM and 30 MB hard disk space.

I've removed the Mac OS X mark at the compatibility database, because it doesn't run native on (Classic only).

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by Vitoarc - 2010, October 24 - 10:24pm

The annotated tournament games are worth the bigger download, for sure. Listen to Josh's analysis of tournament games and watch as the moves unfold.

The other feature contained in the full download is the Tutorial, but that feature is for beginner players.

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by Vitoarc - 2010, October 20 - 11:18pm

Thanks to Mitrokhin for uploading the full version of Chessmaster 6000.

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by Vitoarc - 2010, October 20 - 11:30pm

Chessmaster 6000 is superb. What I enjoy most about it is the ability to replay either your own saved games, or to watch entire Chessmaster games being played out before you (as a "VCR" movie). If you're really serious about learning, you can choose the "Annotate" feature and your game will be analyzed and alternative moves suggested. All this can be saved as a .pdf for later reference or utilized while replying the entire saved game.

There's no doubt that this software has the ability to improve every aspect of your game, and with serious study, you'll see dramatic improvements within short order.

[EDIT] I removed my previous comment about this upload being incomplete. If you don't want the tutorials, the 31 MB download will serve you well. Now you have the option to download the full CD.

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by Vitoarc - 2010, October 7 - 5:19pm

Yes, I know that llGS_User. I made a blanket statement and was not inferring you.

I've seen vagueness and esoteric jargon all throughout this site and it would be nice if everyone tried a little to be more inclusive in their descriptions and explanations when it comes to uploads which are downloaded by everyone, not a select few.

I'm not saying that books have to be written when it comes to describing uploads, only that a few extra words to clarify would go a long way to minimize any confusion. As I said, many types of people are downloading here, and not everyone is familiar with all the jargon. Smile

However, it's easy to be vague isn't it? LOL you misunderstood my last reply because *I was vague*. LOL it's what I call a "text box conspiracy" (i.e. it's hard to communicate your intended message when confined to a little text box). But we should all try a little harder to communicate more clearly, that's all I'm saying. Smile

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by IIGS_User - 2010, October 7 - 4:59pm

The MegaUplaod link given by pirx below...

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by Vitoarc - 2010, October 7 - 4:51pm

Oh, now I understand. There's a dead link for the Chessmaster 6000 that is an image for "no CD" play. The link here works, and CM6000 can still be played, only it requires a CD. I didn't make that distinction; I thought a download was a download and they were both the same. Not everyone understands the jargon of a file named "nocd" in it without an explanation.

There are many different people here in this community and it would be nice if people explained things a little more in an attempt to facilitate *everyone* understanding, rather than being so vague and esoteric. Wink

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by IIGS_User - 2010, October 7 - 4:34pm

I was talking about the Chessmaster6000nocd.img d/l link among. Wink

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by Vitoarc - 2010, October 7 - 4:31pm

llGS_User: The official MG download link worked for me today. I was able to get Chessmaster 6000 to work after copying the files onto the HD. I made a .toast image of the download and burned it to CD. It works in Classic mode when the CD is mounted.

When I tried to mount the downloaded image in native OS 8, I received a weird error message saying I didn't have enough memory. Since 88 MB of RAM should be more than enough to mount an image, either something is wrong with the download or this version of Chessmaster does not work with OS 8.1 (my whole reason for trying to install it in OS 8.1 was to confirm this one way or the other and then to update this page).

Since the Chessmaster 6000 icon is not recognized in OS 8.1, it does appear that this version does not work with 8.1.

Also, the download has a UNIX ".Desktop_DF" file in it, generated on August 15, 2010, but it's strange how this page shows no revisions around that date. Anyway, it would be great if someone can upload a clean copy of this, but in the mean time at least this game is working.

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by IIGS_User - 2010, September 14 - 4:37pm

The link given is dead, so can someone please re-upload the Chessmaster6000nocd.img file?

by pirx - 2010, February 2 - 4:27am

I also had problems with the Chessmaster6000nocd.img file, so I made a new one. You can get it from mediafire. The link is:

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by iig - 2009, July 21 - 1:39pm

there is something wrong with the chessmaster6000nocd.img file. it will not mount on my computer.
I love chess, can this problem be fixed. thanks Smile