Alternatives to Fritz for all platforms with any license

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    The Lichess covenant: will always be free. will never contain advertisements.

    Open Source Web / Cloud Android iPhone iPad

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    Scid vs. PC

    Shane's Chess Information Database is a powerful Chess Toolkit, with which one can create huge chess databases, run engine...

    Open Source Mac Windows

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    Play chess online, learn new chess strategies, tactics and rules, study chess games and openings - all FREE on - the #1...

    Freemium Web / Cloud Android iPhone Java Mobile HP webOS

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    Chessmaster is a chess playing computer game series which is now owned and developed by Ubisoft. It is the best-selling chess...

    Commercial Windows

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    Arena is a FREE available Graphical User Interface (GUI) for chess programs (engines) by Martin Blume. Arena runs on Win95, NT4 or...

    Free Windows

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    XBoard, also known as WinBoard on Microsoft operating systems, is a free graphical user interface client developed by Tim Mann that is...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Shredder Chess

    The Shredder chess programs by Stefan Meyer-Kahlen provide a game playing and analysis tool for everybody and are accepted as one of...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Windows Mobile Android ... iPhone Java Mobile iPad

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    Lucas Chess

    The aim is to play chess against the computer with increasing levels of difficulty and with a limited number of hints that are given...

    Open Source Windows

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    Pure Chess

    Experience one of the oldest known boardgames on the advanced technology of today. With ultra-realistic and unparalleled beautiful...

    Freemium Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    Chess Titans

    Chess Titans brings the classic strategy game of chess to life with three-dimensional graphics and animation. Highlighted squares show...

    Free Windows

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    Jin is an open source, cross platform, graphical client for chess servers, written in Java. Jin can run either as a standalone...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Tarrasch Chess GUI

    Tarrasch is a flexible, minimalist, and easy to use chess GUI. It is ideal for playing against and training with chess engines....

    Free Windows

  • Pawn2

    A nice freeware chess program with 3D pieces and variable levels of difficulty. Can be quite strong, with customizable setting for...

    Free Windows

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    AI Factory Chess Treebeard

    Chess incorporates our "Treebeard" Chess engine, an innovative engine using closely guarded state-of-the-art search...

    Freemium Android Android Tablet

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    Royal 3D Chess

    Royal 3D Chess is a superbly designed strategy puzzle Android game. It makes you feel real time chess playing experience with stunning...

    Free Android

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    Play chess online! The premier online chess battleground - play a friendly chess game online or compete in chess tournaments, chess...

    Freemium Web / Cloud

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    Check vs Mate

    Battle vs. Chess is a computer game version of chess developed by Targem Games and Zuxxez Entertainment and published by TopWare...

    Commercial Mac Windows Steam

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    BrainyChess is a chess app that caters to both the amateur and the master! Enjoy online game play, a huge puzzle database, a personal...

    Free Web / Cloud iPhone

  • Magic Chess 3D icon

    Magic Chess 3D

    A magical game of kings and queens of England that will teach you how to play chess.

    Freemium Windows Android Amazon Appstore

Fritz Comments


Comment by alanbleier
about Fritz Jan 2016

I have tons of "Fritztrainers" which I assume are made for Fritz, and have actually played them many times in Fritz 14 on Windows 8.1

Does anyone know if there is an alternative for Ubuntu 14.04?

These Fritztrainers comprise of .cbh files for the moves and .wmv for the videos.
Thanks in advance beautiful community.


Windows, 7 and activation

Comment by PeresGil
about Fritz Nov 2013

It never worked for me with Vista. After getting a new laptop with 7 it was not activating saying it was already activated in another computer. I wrote them email, they deleted the activation register of the old laptop and it has been working nicely and as activated since that.


Fritz is Awful

Negative Comment by raindog308
about Fritz Nov 2012

Fritz is awful:

  • Very cumbersome, hard to use interface
  • Poor documentation
  • Software activation - good luck if you upgrade or switch computers

activation process

Negative Comment by PeresGil
about Fritz Apr 2012

Some people have trouble with the activation process. I am one of them. You can't test activation before buying and after that is too late. Take care.