Chessmaster typically gives away an early lead but then sets traps throughout the game, both easy and difficult. The way to play this game is to take the advantage given and not make mistakes. I know that my opponent will capitalize on any lapse.
After trading off all Chessmaster’s pieces, I promote a Pawn and look for a quick checkmate without falling victim to a stalemate. Both the game graph and the analysis show that I played well throughout.
The variations and move symbols are Houdini’s (1.5 32-bit), diagnosed with ‘Scid vs PC’ at 20 seconds per ply and a 0.5 error threshold. The verbal comments are my thoughts during the game and my interpretations of the analysis provided by Houdini. The score chart is at the bottom of this entry.
FEN "8/1p6/7K/8/7P/8/5k2/8 w - - 0 1"