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Chessmaster 9000

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Chessmaster 9000
Chessmaster 9000 cover
Ubisoft Bucharest
macOS (OS X) Zonic Limited
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive
Release dates
Windows September 10, 2002
macOS (OS X) July 25, 2004
Metacritic 81
Monetization One-time game purchase
Genres Chess
Series Chessmaster
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Key points

Online multiplayer services have been discontinued.[1]

General information Community Discussions Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].
macOS (OS X)
Publisher website
DRM details are not known
Bundled with Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, Ford Racing 2, and Bionicle: The Game. Available in English.
macOS (OS X) (unavailable)
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements


  • The latest official patch is v1.02a.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location

System Location
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy




Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
2 Online multiplayer services have been discontinued.[1]

Issues fixed

Piece overlap

In some systems (e.g. win10 x64), pieces may not be drawn correctly in True3D mode. Closer pieces appear to blend into further away pieces.

Use dgVoodoo2
  1. Download dgvoodoo2.
  2. Extract dgVoodooSetup.exe, dgVoodoo.conf & D3D8.dll (from the "MS/x86" folder) and place these files to the installation folder of Chessmaster 9000.

Mentor opening book

You may get an error message "A fatal error occurred when loading the Mentor Opening Book. The application will shut down.". As found in Windows 7, this may happen when running an account other than the one in which the program was installed. So the administrator account may not show this error when running the program, but when running from a different account such as a limited user account, the error may show since a copy of the Chessmaster 9000 folder is not created in that users profile when running (only the administrator account has a copy).

There are two folders used to store data:

  • C:\Program Files\Ubi Soft\Chessmaster 9000\
  • %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Chessmaster 9000\

If you receive that error message, Mentor.obk is missing from one of those two folders. Find it in one of the main Chessmaster subfolders, then copy it to the corresponding folder.

Other information


ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 450 MHz
AMD K6-3 500 MHz
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 300 MB
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.2
Processor (CPU) PowerPC 7xx
PowerPC G3
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.3 GB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]