Chessmaster Challenge

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Chessmaster Challenge
Chessmaster Challenge cover
Release dates
Windows March 7, 2005
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General information

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Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Chessmaster Challenge\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/37200/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Chessmaster Challenge\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/37200/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
800x600 only.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Switched by button in lower right corner or Alt+ Enter. 800x600 only.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
32 fps, can be higher during mouse movement.[1]
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Keyboard is not used during gameplay.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Only master volume and mute are available.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

"Failed to unpack data" error while trying to download Basic Chess Concepts[edit]

Modify config.ini to replace broken url with one from internet archive.[2]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Open the config.ini file with Notepad or other text editor.
  3. Using the Find function (Ctrl+F), search for "DownloadTutorials". There will be exactly one entry.
  4. Replace the text with "DownloadTutorials".
  5. Save the file.
  6. Launch the game.
  7. Go to Learning Academy and download additional lessons.
  8. Backup %PROGRAMDATA%\Chessmaster Challenge\ folder and restore it later to skip above steps after future game reinstalls.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 700 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 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>/37200/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (37200) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Verified by User:Mastan on 2019-07-22
  2. Steam Community Discussions - last accessed on 2019-07-22