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I faintly remember the game, I played it as a kid in the early 00s. The game involved a chessboard where at first you could play chess as you normally would. When a piece would take another piece however, both parties would end up in a spaceship battle, top-down like Asteroid and depending on the value of the piece, stronger and/or multiple ships would show up during the battle. The battle with a pawn against a queen was very difficult from what I remember.

The graphics I think, were somewhat beyond pixelart as the early 00s usually did. I remember the board and the environment of the game being quite dark with the pieces being lighter. As far as I remember, the pieces on the board themselves resembled regular chess pieces.

I've tried looking around on search engines but I usually just end up landing on Battle Chess which is very different in my opinion. I'm trying as hard as I can but I can't seem to dig up a story related to the game.

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This is Battleboard (1998).

Basically chess, except that when you lose a piece, you enter a...

...real-time one-on-one space battle with the two pieces in question to decide who wins.

Hat tip to Marcel for game footage.

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    Thank you for the swift response. I haven't been able to track down more footage or screenshots of the game above but I'm very sure this is it. Strange that it was such abandonware
    – Marcel
    May 17 at 0:29
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    Small update, gameplay footage: youtube.com/watch?v=CAZZKw3REYY
    – Marcel
    May 17 at 8:26
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    @Marcel - Cheers for the footage. I've added it into my answer :-)
    – Valorum
    May 17 at 10:40
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    @DarrelHoffman - Sure, if you're a chess purist...
    – Valorum
    May 17 at 17:00
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    @DarrelHoffman What is chess anyway?
    – Peter M
    May 18 at 14:44
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Battleboard is part of the "Galaxy of Win Games" collection. See https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/have-you-played-battleboard and https://www.betaarchive.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=24697 (with a list). It could be that this CD contained the shareware version.

It is offered on eBay and other sites.

Here are two other CDs: https://archive.org/details/mini-games-2001-v4 and https://archive.org/details/popular_mini_games_v2 (and possibly this https://archive.org/details/cdrom-egames-galaxy) which seem to contain Battleboard and can be downloaded.

Perhaps you can give a note, if you find it there.

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    Thanks for more information Sebastian, I just uploaded a video with gameplay to compensate for the lack of footage of this game, I can confirm the popular_mini_games_v2 pack works for being able to play the registered version, that's the one you see in the video mentioned in my comment on the approved post.
    – Marcel
    May 17 at 8:25

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