Lego Chess

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Lego Chess
Lego Chess cover
Krisalis Software
Lego Media
Release dates
Windows February 4, 1998
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Turn-based
Genres Chess
Series Lego
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Lego Chess is a singleplayer and multiplayer chess game in the Lego series.

Key points

Installer is 16-bit only, but a workaround is available. See Running the game on 64-bit Windows.

General information

Lego Wiki
Rock Raiders United - A fan forum for all of the classic Lego games.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Requires disc to be present.

Essential improvements[edit]


Two official patches are available. Install the Version 2.06B_int Update Patch and then ChessCDFix.exe.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\profiles[Note 1]


External options screen (only accessible via the /video command line argument).
External options screen (only accessible via the /video command line argument).
In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
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
120+ FPS
Capped at 60 FPS.


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.


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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound effects and music
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Hot seat
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]

Running the game on 64-bit Windows[edit]

Although the game installer is 16-bit, the actual game is 32-bit. The only way to play it is to use an alternate installer:

Installing the game via alternate installer[edit]

Setting up the game with an alternate installer[citation needed]
  1. Somewhere on the computer (ex. the Desktop), create a new folder called "SETUP".
  2. Copy the contents of the Lego Chess CD and paste them into the folder that was created before.
  3. When everything has finished copying, go to <Setup Folder> and delete the SETUP.EXE file.
  4. Download the generic 32-bit installer and add it to the folder.
  5. Run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions.
  6. Once the installer has finished, download the missing text file and add it to <path-to-game>.
  7. Run the Lego Chess.exe file to play the game.

Game crashes on startup[edit]

Use nGlide[citation needed]

Poor quality 3D rendering[edit]

Change the graphics driver settings

The "Krisalis Software Driver" gets used if the game doesn't think Direct3D will work. This driver makes "wobbly" 3D, sort of like original PlayStation games. It also has a lower color depth than the Direct3D driver. In later Windows versions (and under Wine in Linux/Mac OS) the game might not properly detect Direct3D support without using some workarounds.

  1. Set the game shortcut (or .exe file) to run in Windows 98 or 95 compatibility mode. If using Wine, change the Windows version in winecfg instead.
  2. Also set the "Chess Configuration" shortcut to run in Windows 98 or 95 compatibility mode.
  3. Next, run the "Chess Configuration" item in the start menu (or launch the game with the /video command-line argument).
  4. In the dialogue that appears, set the graphics driver to D3D 4MB+, which should now be a selectable option.

If still encountering issues in Windows 8 or 10, consider trying WineD3D.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA video card
4 MB of VRAM


  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).