Chess Software

There are hundreds of chess programs out there available for you to download to your computer. This is one of the most frequent questions asked of me. Here are a few of my picks for chess playing programs and databases.

Most of the chess software available can be downloaded from the chess archives at UPitt. You can browse this archive to see what's available.

Macintosh

MacChess is a great freeware program. The latest version can always be found here. If you want a version that works as a playing and analysis engine with Exachess, click here. A version for 68K macs can be downloaded here). This is a FREE Macintosh chess playing program that rivals commercial programs for the sheer number of features and playing strength.

Download Exachess Lite for the Macintosh (PowerMac or 68K). A chess database allows you to store your own games, or famous games of Grandmasters, for study or enjoyment. This demo version of Exachess limits the number of games per database. A commercial version of this program is available for about $100. Clicking the link will take you to the Exachess web page.

Download MacCrafty for the Macintosh. Crafty is a free chess playing program that lacks an interface (e.g., it doesn't have a graphic board). Howerver, this version has been modified to work with Exachess Lite. Adding MacCrafty to your Exachess Tools Folder causes MacCrafty to become a "thinking engine" for your database, or just allows you to play against MacCrafty using Exachess' excellent board graphics! Clicking the link will start the download to your computer.

Sigma Chess is a new freeware Mac program - it has a very friendly interface and runs on both 68K and PPC Macs (not optimized for PPC).

Windows

Download Chenard for Windows 95, a free chess program for Windows 95. Clicking the link will take you to author Don Cross's home page, where you can obtain the latest version of Chenard.

Download K-CHESS Windows for Windows, shareware chess program. Clicking the link will link you to the appropriate ftp directory for the latest version of K-Chess.

Download Siberian Chess 2.15 for DOS. Very strong chess program. Clicking the link will link you to the appropriate ftp directory for the latest version of Siberian Chess.

Download Clubmate, a chess database for Windows/Windows 95. A chess database allows you to store your own games, or famous games of Grandmasters, for study or enjoyment. This demo of Clubmate allows you to experience most features of the full version. Clicking the link will start the download of the Clubmate demo version to your computer.

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