Chessmaster 9000

Retail two CD release from version 1.0 to 1.02a

Application Details:

Version: 1.x
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.5.12

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What works

Gameroom, database, classic games library. Classroom tutorials launch but ask for CD which I didn't have (bought the game online)

In a nutshell, playable but *slow*. Forget it if you prefer speed chess :) 

What does not

Option buttons (when setting preferences) do not work.

Couldn't switch to 2D boards at all 


Classroom (partially due to CD, was very slow too)

Mentor and Thinking lines functions do not work or make the interface unresponsive


What was not tested

-Tutorials, CM live, Tournament etc.

-Winboard/Xboard compatible chess engines

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Here's some additional details: -Using Chessmaster 9000 v1.02a -Using latest Slackware distro (Slackware-current) with KDE4.6 release candidate (also tried the game under XFCE and fluxbox with similar results) The game does not run out of the box but takes some trial and error. Try the following tweaks the first time you launch it: -Default 3D board remains invisible (can't see the squares or the pieces). Pick another board that renders correctly: -Preferences --> Chess Sets --> uncheck "Match Boards and Pieces" -pick a 3D board (Brass and Chrome worked for me) -pick "Black and White Figurine" under the Flat category (worked for me) -need to repeat steps above in gameroom, libraryroom etc -once configured, game runs slowly, a move may take 5 to 12 seconds to render, haven't tried it on a different PC yet. -Graphics issues with rendering and redraw, interface hangs at times. To resolve, switch to database or library room then back to gameroom. Disable Mentor and Thinking lines windows, which make the game unresponsive) -Under Preferences --> Board Settings --> check "Two Click Moves" -Database and classic games library worked well enough to step through grandmaster games. -Classroom starts up but asks for CD -Couldn't find a way to make option buttons work. -Sliding piece behavior on the board makes the game run even slower, and couldn't be disabled due to option buttons on the user interface not responding at all (checkboxes work though).

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowSlackware64 14.0Nov 13 20121.5.12Yes Yes Bronzeb.k 
ShowUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 27 20111.3.28N/A Yes Silveran anonymous user 
CurrentSlackware -currentDec 28 20101.3.10Yes Yes Bronzeb.k 
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 24 20101.3.9Yes Yes GarbageHoppelHase 
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 18 20101.3.9Yes Yes BronzeHoppelHase 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
34587 Purple text in Chessmaster 10 and Chessmaster 11 NEW View
34594 Context menus and drop-down menus stay on the screen in Chessmaster 9000, 10 and 11 (WM_WINDOWPOSCHANGING message related) STAGED View
38550 Chessmaster 9000 crashes when selecting a piece from the initial board. UNCONFIRMED View
42083 Chessmaster 9000 2d and 3d chess set rendering problems UNCONFIRMED View
42084 Chessmaster 9000 "File Open" dialog does not list subdirectories UNCONFIRMED View
42117 Multiple applications have windows with double caption/title bars (Chessmaster 9000, Steam when Windows >= Vista) STAGED View
42118 Chessmaster 9000 Mentor Lines/Thinking Lines don't work and freeze the game NEW View

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