I have been a fan of Chessmaster for many years. But this time I am not
going to upgrade. From what I have heard and read there is no real GUI
improvement and what is of much more interest: the latest engine seems
to be a very small improvement with respect to playing strength.
I'm a long term CM fan also and have bought the latest version. I'm afraid you are probably right
There are some positives - for example, some nice boards which look great as Ted pointed out in an earlier thread, and I must admit I like the mini-game 'Fork my Fruit' but to be honest the bugs are beginning to get me down....
I've lost all confidence in the AI opponents, - yes they have played erratically in earlier CM versions, but when Cassie (rated a lowly 23
) is able to demonstrate an unnaturally good grasp of the Nimzo Indian Leningrad variation (with apparantly no book knowledge
) and worse still beat me, I begin to despair! (I'm not a good player, but *I am* better than 23!)
My own (weak) winboard engine has an integrated book but always seems to play the same unrecognisable opening in the CM interface and also can't seem to win against anything (Cassie or otherwise) - in CM10th it can beat opponents up to around 1000 at blitz.
Also, and I don't know if this applies to other winboard engines, but the game freezes when it promote a pawn - this also applies in CM10th but this doesn't happen for my engine in winboard or arena.
Other than that everything is fine! - There, I feel better now