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I have personally gone through periods in my life where I love playing Chess and then other times I don't play it all but have always had a key interest in tactical games like this even though I've never been that great at them. It always amazes me when you watch the pros on TV playing for hours and hours. If you get Chessmaster on the PSP don't expect an eventful action game as that's not what it's about. However, if you are chess fan then this game is nice little addition to your collection.
There have been whole host of Chess games released over the years for computers and consoles but Chessmaster appears to be the front runner and the most successful since being released on the PSP in 2007. You can probably pick it up for under £10 now which is reasonable enough.
This game is good fun but for me it was great at introducing the games to beginners. In the classic games area of this you can head to the Learn Chess area. You can take a tutorial that will introduce the player to everything about the game from the board and the pieces involved and also some useful tactical advice. I found it extremely useful even though I've played before as you can refresh your mind if you haven't played the game in a while. By the end of the tutorial you will know how each piece moves and what they can do. Now all you have to do is master this tricky game!
You can start out with a nice gentle practice game with no pressure and your opponent's rating is often higher so it can be difficult to get anywhere near winning. In this section of the game there are no time limits on the time taken for each move so you can have a proper think about what you are going to do. The only disappointing thing is the load time which can be a bit slow at times. You are also able to take a move back and rectify something if you did something that was wrong. This is a good learning curve then too so you don't make the same mistakes again.
Once you've taken the tutorial and played a few practice games it's time to unleash you new found talents for real and get into some serious competition. You are able to play opponenents based on difficulty so you can decide how hard or easy you want things to be. It gets alot more real from now on as opponents will progress in difficulty as you win games. The game can be frustrating as is pretty hard, but then that's like the real life game for most people.
The graphics are pretty good too and you can easily distinguish between different pieces on the board which you need really so it's not confusing. Overall, this is a fantastic game if you are into your Chess or if you want to learn the game and has alot of replay value as is very challenging.