Pure Chess: Grandmaster Edition review

Review Pure Chess: Grandmaster Edition | I’m very much aware that not many Xbox gamers are Chess masters. Neither am I, I know the basic game but skilled placement and thinking 10 moves a head is not something I can do, yet. If you want to start learning this mental game Pure Chess is the right game to start. Check out why in this review!


  • You can start the game with a pretty deep and informative tutorial. It will explain the basics, how you control the game with your controller and some advanced movements. Beginners can learn the game but you’ll need¬†dedication to become a good chess player.
  • Making a chess game look beautiful isn’t the hardest thing in the world but VooFoo Studios really made some impressive efforts in turning it almost photorealistic. Pure Chess is a very stunning looking game with incredible detail on the chess pieces. Shadow effects, light that shines on the rooks or knights or all the different chess piece materials look gorgeous.
  • Just started with chess? Or have you been playing it for years? The good thing about Pure Chess: Grandmaster Edition is that everyone can enjoy it. With ten AI difficulty levels I’m pretty sure that you will find a ¬†skill level that matches your chess abilities. I¬†had absolutely no chance against level five, so I can’t even imagine how much ill get owned against a¬†level ten¬†skill.
  • I loved¬†some of the other set pieces, for example the Park Animals or Roman themes. A nice touch to change some things up after playing with the same set for hours. The same can be said about the beautiful environments.

Mixed Feelings

  • You should be able to bring up the name of a chess piece, if you are not using the standard chess pieces it’s sometimes hard to remember what the Queen or Knight is.


  • I was looking forward for some great online matches but playing against strangers is a real chore. You “kinda” play in real-time but¬†opponents have unlimited time. You have multiple online slots so you can play different online matches at the same time, when its your move you get a Xbox Live notification. ¬†That might get annoying but I actually really love this feature.

Score: 82% | Pure Chess: Grandmaster Edition is an excellent, fun and rewarding single player experience. Sadly, the game sets itself checkmate when it comes to online play, playing with friends will be a blast, but against strangers it can and will become frustrating because of the way online matches are set up. Luckily Pure Chess: Grandmaster Edition is totally worth it for the single player content alone.