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Masterchess
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Mikro-Gen Ltd
1983
Crash Living Guide Issue 01, February 1984   page(s) 59

Producer: Mikrogen, 48K £6.95
A program with ten playing levels, options to alter the board and piece colours to suit, setting up the board - good for problem solving - recommended moves and game saving, all make Mikrogen's chess game a strong contender.


Transcript by Chris Bourne

Crash Living Guide Issue 04, May 1984   page(s) 64

Producer: Mikrogen, 48K £6.95
A program with ten playing levels, options to alter the board and piece colours to suit, setting up the board - good for problem solving - recommended moves and game saving, all make Mikrogen's chess game a strong contender.


Transcript by Chris Bourne

Sinclair User Issue 13, April 1983   page(s) 36

MIKRO GEN CHESS HELPS TO DEFEAT ITSELF

MASTER CHESS, from Mikro Gen, is one of the best chess programs available for the 48K Spectrum. The game allows the user to play at one of 10 levels, numbered from zero to nine. The computer will respond with its move almost immediately in mode zero but the computer move in mode nine can take several minutes.

If a player is stuck in a position, the computer will suggest a move. In effect, the computer will recommend to its opponent the best move to make against itself, which shows that computers have no brains. The program also allows you to set up the board before playing the rest of the game.

The board can be cleared and a flashing cursor will appear on one of the board squares. Entering the appropriate Letter, for example 'p' for pawn or 'k' for king, will make the computer place that piece on the square with the cursor.

When the board is set up with all the pieces in the order the player requires, the game will continue after selection of colour and level number.

A record of the moves made is kept on the left-hand side of the screen. If the player makes an illegal move the computer will not permit it and if the player wants to make another move instead of the one last entered, that move can be deleted.

The game is capable of pawn promotion and en passant and is one of the best versions of chess for the Spectrum. Master Chess can be obtained from Mikro Gen, 24 Agar Crescent, Bracknell, Berkshire. It costs £6.95.


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Transcript by Chris Bourne

Sinclair User Issue 16, July 1983   page(s) 103

Master Chess, from Mikro-Gen, also provides a formidable game. It runs on a 48K Spectrum and has 10 levels of play which are numbered from zero to nine. If you do not know which move to make the computer will suggest one for you. The game also includes an analysis option which can be used to solve chess puzzles.

The Masterchess program is capable of all legal moves, including en passant and castling.


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Transcript by Chris Bourne

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