EARLY CHESS MASTERS MOD
Current version: 1.023a
I managed to add a bunch of historical players to the game: Ruy Lopez, Leonardo di Bona, Paolo Boi, Philidor, Louis de laBourdonnais, Pierre de Saint-Amant and Howard Staunton. They have proper biographies and images but their personalities and openings are not finished - probably need someone more knowledgeable than me to get that done - but even though they're probably more fictitious than historical I think they add a bit of atmosphere to the game.
Anyway, if anyone's interested the download link is above.
Here's a screenshot of the classic games section showing Henry Staunton and St.Amant playing a game.
Here's the relevant part of the readme file:
Early Chess Masters mod (ECM - historical mod for Chessmaster 11):
This mod adds historical personalities to Chessmaster 11. Please note that this mod is in no way supported or endorsed by Ubisoft. It is an unofficial patch intended purely to enhance everyone's enjoyment of the game.
071215: added 48 chess champion images for the game's standard Grandmaster personalities:
Alekhine, Anderssen, Bird, Blackburne, Botvinnik, Capablanca, Euwe, Fine, Flohr, Geller, Ivanchuk, Kashdan, Keres, Korchnoi, Kramnik, Larsen, Lasker, Marshall, Morphy, Najdorf, Nimzowitsch, Paulsen, Petrosian, Pillsbury, Reshevsky, Reti, Rubinstein, Seirawan, Shirov, Short, Steinitz, Tarrasch, Tarkatower, Timman, Waitzkin, Zukertort by Ebutaljib from his Grandmasters mod (Data\Personalities\various *.bmp files).
Anand, Bogoljubow, Chigorin, Evans, Fischer, Kamsky, Karpov, Leko, Polgar, Smyslov, Spassky and Tal by Beery (Data\Personalities\various *.bmp files).
071215: added Kasparov to the game. Original mod by Ebutaljib with new bitmaps by Beery (Data\Personalities\Kasparov.bmp, Kasparov.CMP; Data\Opening Books\KasparovG.OBK).
071215: added Topalov to the game. Original mods by Petkov83 with new bitmaps by Beery (Data\Personalities\Topalov.bmp, Topalov.CMP; Data\Opening Books\TopalovV.OBK).
071215: added 10 new Grandmasters to the game: Boi, Di Bona, Kasimdzhanov, Khalifman, La Bourdonnais, Lopez, Philidor, Ponomariov, Saint-Amant and Staunton. Mod by Beery (Data\Personalities\Boi.bmp, Boi.CMP, di Bona.bmp, di Bona.CMP, Kasimdzhanov.bmp, Kasimdzhanov.CMP, Khalifman.bmp, Khalifman.CMP, La Bourdonnais.bmp, La Bourdonnais.CMP, Lopez.bmp, Lopez.CMP, Philidor.bmp, Philidor.CMP, Ponomariov.bmp, Ponomariov.CMP, Saint-Amant.bmp, Saint-Amant.CMP, Staunton.bmp, Staunton.CMP). These personalities need further tweaking in order to make them historically accurate - openings are needed and their playing styles may need adjusting.
071217: added reduced intro video. Mod by Beery (cmgm.bik).
071217: fixed Judit Polgar image.
071217: added pre-1850 opening book and applied it to pre-1850 personalities. Mod by Ebutaljib (pre1850.OBK).
071217: fixed Topalov so he appears in the GM group. Changed 'di Bona' to 'Leonardo' and fixed him so he appears in his proper place in the GM group.
071220: fixed GMs in the stock game so their images appear (as much as possible) when watching games from the classic games database. Mod by Beery (Data\Personalities\all *.bmp and *.CMP files renamed, bitmap data in *.CMP files adjusted to suit new names; also old *.CMP files had to be overwritten by blank *.CMP files so that they don't appear twice in the personalities lists).
071220: continued fixing GM images for classic games: adjusted all GM names in classic games database. Mod by Beery (Data\TData\ClassicGames.pgn).
071220: added an early game (di Castellvi vs. Vinyoles, 1475) to the classic games database. Mod by Beery (Data\TData\ClassicGames.idx, ClassicGames.pgn).
071220: added the following games to the classic games database: Albert Einstein vs. Robert Oppenheimer, 1933; E. MacDonald vs. Amos Burn, 1910; Karl Marx vs. Meyer, 1867; Mir Sultan Khan vs. Vera Menchik, 1931. Mod by Beery (Data\TData\ClassicGames.idx, ClassicGames.pgn).
071220: added opening books for Kasimdzhanov, Khalifman and Ponomariov. Mod by Ebutaljib (Data\Opening Books\KasimdzhanovR.OBK, KhalifmanA.OBK, PonomariovR.OBK).
071221: added images for players in the classic games database up to 1920. Mod by Beery (Data\Personalities\various *.bmp files).
071222: added 16 new GMs as playable opponents with full playing style and opening books: Andersson, Averbakh, Boleslavsky, Bronstein, Chiburdanidze, Gligoric, Hort, Janowski, Ljubojevic, Nezhmetdinov, Polugaevsky, Portisch, Spielmann, Teichmann, Vidmar, Xie. Mod by Ebutaljib (all the above named *.bmp, *.CMP and *.OBK files).
071222: added a new opening book for Christiansen. Mod by Ebutaljib (Data\Opening Books\ChristiansenL.OBK).