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Chess Titans

Chess Titans
A component of Microsoft Windows
Included with Windows Vista and Windows 7 (excluding Home Basic and Starter editions)
Related components
Mahjong Titans, Purble Place

Chess Titans is a chess video game[1] developed by Oberon Games and included in Windows Vista and Windows 7 Home Premium, Business/Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate. Chess Titans was removed in Windows 8.


  • History 1
  • Graphics 2
  • Gameplay 3
    • Player vs. computer 3.1
    • Player vs. player 3.2
  • References 4


The game was publicly introduced in Windows Vista build 5219.[2]

An older version of the game was known simply as Chess and was bundled in Microsoft Entertainment Pack 4.[3]


The game is fully animated and designed for Windows Aero with its glass-like view. The game features a photorealistic board which can be rotated in 3D,[4] and themes are available for the chess pieces and board. It showcases the 3D capabilities of Vista.[5]


The game can be played with either a mouse and a keyboard or any gamepad controller for Windows. It can also be played through Windows Media Center, using the remote control provided with TV Tuner Cards, and certain laptops as well.

Player vs. computer

Players can play against the computer after selecting the computer skill in a scale from 1 to 10.[6] After a move is made by the computer, the player can view the last move. When clicking on a chess piece, Chess Titans can highlight all valid moves for that piece, which helps the player in playing chess. This option can be turned off. The computer uses a generic mathematics based control system where chance defines the number of mistakes it makes. The algorithm it uses is quite different from more complex versions of player-vs-computer chess games.

Chess Titans has three difficulty levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.[7]

Player vs. player

In a two-player game, the chess board automatically turns 180 degrees for the opposite player after each move. This option can be turned off. Chess Titans saves all two-player game scores.


  1. ^ "Chess Titans - Microsoft Windows Vista Games, Page 4". 2013-06-24. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  2. ^ Paul Thurrott (2010-10-06). "Microsoft Windows Vista Build 5219 (Community Technical Preview 1) Review | Product Review content from Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows". Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Pogue, David (2006-12-14). "Vista Wins on Looks. As for Lacks". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ Clyman, John. "Vista Apps and Utilities - Windows Vista Review & Rating". Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  6. ^ "A Look at Windows Vista Installed Games, Page 2". Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  7. ^ "For Seniors: Play Chess Titans on a Windows Computer - For Dummies". Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
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