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Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition

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Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition
Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition cover
Ubisoft Bucharest
Release dates
Windows October 19, 2007
Monetization One-time game purchase
Genres Chess
Series Chessmaster
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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


The v1.02 Patch updates the game to the latest version.

Skip intro videos

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

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

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

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

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Game exclusively uses windows.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


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


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
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

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

Connection types

Issues unresolved

Drills don't work

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


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz
AMD K6 III 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 600 MB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 3 / 4 / FX / 6 / 7
ATI Radeon 7500 / 8000 / 9000 / X
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  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