All chess lovers out there have certainly heard the name of Bobby Fischer. He was the USA chess sensation, the only American who could really challenge the Soviet dominated world of chess during the times of the cold war. Even those who don’t love or play chess might have heard about him, for he was involved with scandals (I think he still can’t return to the US because of violating sanctions imposed on Yugoslavia, which he ignored and went to play in a tournament there anyway) or by books and movies based on him or at least exploiting his name.
As the name of the game proposes this is not about his life (even though there is a short biography included from the book with the same title), but it’s about playing and improving your chess game.
Unlike most chess games from the 80s and 90s this game has a large library of Bobby’s actual games which you can watch and see what he played and might even figure out why. The game also included lessons on defending, attacking, winning and so forth.
Naturally as with any other chess game you can also play the game itself. You can play against a human player or against a computer (on various levels of difficulty).
Now I have to warn you, that when it says beginner, the computer will really play as a beginner. It will intentionally do many really stupid mistakes. OK, I admit I loved chess and played in low ranking tournaments up until my 15th year, so I might be a tad stronger opponent then your regular Joe, but trust me, I’m really not all that good and any serious chess player could beat me with one knight tied behind the back. Still I have managed to win against all level of the beginner mode without having any difficulties. It really wasn’t all that fun (unless you want a feeling of beating the computer in chess).
When you select non beginner modes the situation gets more serous though and you should start using your thinking cap. What happens here is that you set the clock and play according to it. You can have the computer respond instantly or give it time to think (and as you know, computers are fast thinking machines). It is at that point that you really start playing chess.
Naturally you can configure the colors of the board (not too many choices though) and you can always take back moves (once you realize just what the computer had in stored for you when making that move five minutes earlier). You can also turn the sound off (which I strongly recommend). The sound of the game is just awful (nothing but annoying beeps), although the game does have some good sounding sound files, which are played during chess lessons. Also the boards are 2D only (except for lessons and viewing Bobby’s games), but any real chess player will tell you that 2D is preferred to 3D where you might have problems seeing all the pieces. Save and load games in progress goes without saying really, so all the standard features are there.
Still the game offers another great feature. If you run the AUTHOR file you will be able to create a chess lesson yourself. This is really a nice feature, seeing how you can build on an already extensive data base.
You will need the latest version of DOSBox to play the game, because of the video compatibility. This game uses high resolution VESA graphics and needs the NEW DOSBox 0.71 to run.
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