PocketGrandmaster boasts a fully-configurable board, simple yet far reaching functions to work with game databases (.pgn), and to enable the replay of games, a chessclock, analysis mode for tutoring and problem solving, and even hints to help improve your gameplay! PocketGrandmaster allows you to select between a variety of preconfigured levels, and also allows the creation of new, user-defined levels, and offers different playing modes for both tournament and blitz games. PocketGrandmaster features an extremely strong chess engine with a 200,000 moves openingbook, and plays interesting and often aggressive chess. The engine is a successor of the program finishing 4th in the World Microcomputer Chess Championships 2001, winning the title of the 18th World Microcomputer Amateur Chess Champion. Version 4.1 improved online game.
November 15, 2007
Version: PocketGrandmaster (PocketPC, ARM) 1.2
Installation was SO easy! I simply downloaded the CAB file to an SD card and installed it directly to my Dell Axim X5 from the SD card port. The trial period limitations do not impose heavily on game play: (a) It stops using the opening books earlier than it would otherwise and (b) it begins using random moves later in the game instead of playing at the chosen strength to the end. Part (b) wouldn't apply for shorter games. There are other limitations, but I didn't notice them.
However, I was so impressed with the game that I happily paid for registration within hours of installation. The graphics are great, the gameplay is intuitive and the price is very reasonable. Let's face it, a tank of gas costs twice as much and won't last nearly as long. I am very pleased. I will no longer be bored at the airport terminal.