Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition

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Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition
Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition cover
Release dates
Windows October 30, 2007
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General information

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
English version.
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Russian versions use SecuROM v7 DRM.
Steam (unavailable)
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This game is no longer available digitally.

Essential improvements[edit]


The V1.02 Patch updates the game to the latest version.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename cmgm.bik[1]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename cmgm.bik.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Data\Users\<user-id>\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15260/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Data\Users\<user-id>\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15260/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
No separate sound groups needed, but no volume control.
Surround sound
Most speech does have text, but certain announcements (e.g. illegal moves) do not.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Would be a negative trait if implemented.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Versus
LAN play
Online play
2 Versus

Issues unresolved[edit]

Drills don't work[edit]

The drills in Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition do not function. About 50% of attempts to launch a drill will delay with a flickering "Waiting for drill" prompt. The drills that do function are restricted to a small subset - sometimes sticking with exactly the same puzzle for all ten drills.

Previous versions of Chessmaster do not have this issue.

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD)


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/15260/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (15260) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Verified by User:Garrett on January 2, 2020