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Chess Rally

CNET Editors' review

This program offers just about everything a chess fan needs. If you're already a seasoned player, you won't have any trouble starting a game in just moments, but if you need some help with your moves, the game offers modest tutorial options, such as an indication of risk factors and move suggestions. The game offers a number of customization options, allowing you to choose piece style, board color, and sound effects, and which buttons to display. Our major complaint is that even when you maximize the main window, the board doesn't get any larger. This program gives you a variety of gameplay options, letting you take on a number of computer opponents or humans in person, via e-mail or in online forums. ChessRally definitely doles out a challenge to players of all skill levels. Even on its easiest difficulty setting, we had a hard time vanquishing our computerized opponent. Though it might not be an ideal way for first-timers to learn chess, all other fans of the game will find plenty to like here.

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  • All versions:

    3.6 stars

    out of 77 votes

    • 5 star: 44
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 23
  • Current version:

    2.5 stars

    out of 4 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 1.0 stars

    "if you lose your lifetime key they simply ignore you"

    June 20, 2013  |   By leegillard

    Version: Chess Rally 2.6

    Pros

    nice interface

    Cons

    there is no customer service they wont reply to emails

    Summary

    if you join then make sure you write down key cos they wont help if you lose it

    Updated on Jun 27, 2013

    My apologies since writing this reveiw i have had my key re-issued Thank-you

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  • 1.0 stars

    "You'll lose your money by being kicked by the owner."

    July 2, 2011  |   By ChangBroot

    Version: Chess Rally 2.6

    Pros

    Has everything one wishes.

    Cons

    You're constantly watched by the "room moderators," and every "private," message is carefully monitored by "Emperor." Users are not allowed to have a name of their choosing.

    Summary

    Don't waste your $20, because within a few days the owner will ban you.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "You get to play chess and obtain chessrally ratings."

    March 21, 2010  |  

    Version: Chess Rally 2.6

    Pros

    It does what it claims to do, and it easy to understand.

    Cons

    Chincy graphics, simplistic tools compated to FICS, etc..

    The AI is shipped without an opening book that I'm aware of. An opening book is VERY important to most chess players. The AI tends to play the same thing over and over.

    Summary

    Good if you just want a simple easy game of chess against mostly mediocre chess players like me.

    You MAY prefer FICS. They are free but may lack some of chess rally's anti cheating effort.

    Updated on Mar 22, 2010

    update:

    I'm not sure what happened, but I appear to have found Chess Rally 2's opening book. So, do not consider my comment as a lot of it had to do with the game not having an opening book.

    It may be a fine product.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Chess Download Period"

    February 23, 2010  |   By herkimermortormer

    Version: Chess Rally 2.6

    Pros

    The people you meet, the skills you gain, the quick, simple & fun it has to offer

    Cons

    I wish you could perhaps do a vid chat, or voice with your opponent

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