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ZOOM Extreme Chess
$9.95 (Win95/98/Me/XP) (Jewel Case) (EXTCHESSPJ)

Simon & Schuster / Davidson / SelectSoft Publishing

Game

Train with the Reigning World Computer Chess Champion

Want to raise your chess game to a whole new level? Extreme Chess is based on Fritz, the chess engine so powerful it conquered World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov and IBM's supercomputer Deep Blue. Don't waste your time with pretty-boy chess programs that offer little more than cute graphics and novelty boards. When you're ready to train like a pro - go to the Extreme.

Brute Strength

  • Go head-to-head against one of the world's strongest chess engines
  • Get instant in-depth critical analysis of your every move

Raw Speed

  • No-frills design delivers a faster gaming experience than you ever thought possible on a PC
  • Train to stay cool under pressure. A built-in tournament clock and time clock help you drill in real time

Massive Database

  • A 50,000-game database, annotated by grand masters such as Kasparov and Fischer, is fully accessible by player name, tournament year, annotator, ranking and more
  • Further expand the database by downloading games from the Internet

Requirements

Windows 3.1 or Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP, 66 MHz 486 or faster with 8 MB of RAM (90 MHz Pentium, 16MB of RAM recommended for maximum performance), 256 color Super VGA graphics, double speed CD-ROM drive, mouse, hard drive, Windows compatible sound card recommended.

Reviews:

Games Domain

"Extreme Chess has most of the usual chess game features, but so do most other games. However there are two or three features that make it stand head and shoulders above every other chess game that I have seen. You can play black or white, choose among a half-dozen styles for the program play, or create your own style by adjusting how much emphasis the program should put on various pieces, or on attack and defence, or on the center and so on. You can study openings by having the program display all the possible moves that are in its opening book after each move in a window next to the board, and the moves are displayed in different colors to indicate best moves, "general" moves, gambits and moves that are not in the book. You can turn on the tutorial mode and adjust how much of a booboo you want to make before the tutor intervenes (the default is half a pawn: a screen will pop up telling you that this is not a very good move, with options to take the move back, to get a subtle hint or a broad hint.)..."

"In summary, this is in my opinion one of the best chess programs around with features for players of every strength. Serious players will find the real-time and offline analysis capabilities of this game very useful, intermediate players will have fun playing with all the advanced features of the game, and beginners will find a useful teaching tool. I usually get bored with chess programs fairly quickly, but this one kept my attention over two weekends, and even kept me away from Red Alert over the whole weekend!"

 


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