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System: Atari 2600
Company: Atari
Model #: CX2645
Year of Release: n/a
Media Type: Cartridge
Number of Players: 1
Controller: Atari Joystick
 
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Video Chess - Cartridge

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Atari never intended to create a Chess game for the Atari 2600 when the system was first introduced. But the original VCS box had a chess piece on it, and Atari was ultimately sued by someone in Florida due to the lack of an actual chess game on the system. Some time later Atari's engineers began working on a version of Chess for the 2600.

Although Video Chess ended up shipping as a 4K game, earlier versions of the game were larger in size. This prompted Atari to invent bank-switching ROMs which would be used in later titles that needed more than 4K of address space.



External ReviewsSubmit Review
Video Game Critic (by David Mrozek)65%
Rage Games (by Jay McGavren)80%
Average Score: 73%


Did You Know?Submit Trivia
• Video Chess is the game that led Atari to first invent bank-switched ROMs for the Atari 2600, even though the shipping version of the game wouldn't use the technique and was only 4K in size.


Tips, Cheats, and Easter EggsSubmit Tips, Cheats, and Easter Eggs
View CPU moves


Hacks Based on Video Chess
Knightmate (by Zach Matley)


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Appears In Catalogs
Atari (CO14356-Rev. C) - Page 34
Atari (CO14356-Rev. D) - Page 35
Atari (CO14356-Rev. E) - Page 39
Atari (CO16725-Rev. A) - Page 23
Atari (CO16725-Rev. B) - Page 16
Atari (CO16725-Rev. C) - Page 16
Atari (CO16725-Rev. D) - Page 25
Atari (CO16725-Rev. E) - Page 15
Atari Poster Catalog - Page 5
Atari Stars (CO16725) - Page 16
Atari Stars (CO16725 Rev. F) - Page 18


Related Titles
Video Chess (Sears)
Computer Chess (Atari)


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