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  • Lichess icon

    Lichess

    The complete chess experience, play and compete in tournaments with friends others around the world.

    Open Source Web / Cloud Android iPhone iPad

  • XBoard icon

    XBoard

    XBoard, also known as WinBoard on Microsoft operating systems, is a free graphical user interface client developed by Tim Mann that is compatible with various chess engines that support the Xboard Communication Protocol such as GNU...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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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 analysis, or play casual games against the computer or online with the Free Internet Chess Server. It was...

    Open Source Mac Windows

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    Chessmaster

    Chessmaster is a chess playing computer game series which is now owned and developed by Ubisoft. It is the best-selling chess franchise in history, with more than five million units sold as of 2002.

    Commercial Windows

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    Chess.com

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

    Freemium Web / Cloud Android iPhone Java Mobile HP webOS

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    Arena

    Arena is a FREE available Graphical User Interface (GUI) for chess programs (engines) by Martin Blume. Arena runs on Win95, NT4 or higher Microsoft OS versions. Arena is compatible to Winboard protocol I, II and UCI protocol I, II....

    Free Windows

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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 by a chess tutor. Also included are thousands of training positions such as different types of...

    Open Source Windows

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    Brutal Chess

    Brutal Chess features full 3D graphics, an advanced particle engine, and several different levels of intelligent AI.

    Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

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    ChessX

    ChessX is an Open Source chess database. With ChessX you can operate on your collection of chess games in many ways: browse, edit, add, organize, analyze, etc.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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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 techniques developed for our competition-level Shogi program, which twice came close to capturing the World...

    Freemium Android Android Tablet

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    Project Invincible

    Project Invincible is a free, portable, open source and cross-platform chess game. Challenge a friend to a 3D chess battle or test your skills against a computer opponent.

    Open Source Windows Linux PortableApps.com

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  • Pawn2

    A nice freeware chess program with 3D pieces and variable levels of difficulty. Can be quite strong, with customizable setting for number of moves for the AI to look ahead, and for the AI to use known openings. Is quite fast as well.

    Free Windows

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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. Tarrasch has a built in engine but can just as easily be used with other UCI engines such as Rybka or...

    Free Windows

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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 the best chess programs of the world. Since 1996 Shredder has won thirteen titles as World Computer...

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

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    Fritz

    Fritz is the world’s most popular chess program, developed by ChessBase, “the world's leading chess software company” (Washington Post). Whether you are a beginner, club player or professional – Fritz has everything that chess...

    Commercial Windows

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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 where you can move your pieces. Chess Titans is a complex strategy game, and success depends on...

    Free Windows

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    Jin

    Jin is an open source, cross platform, graphical client for chess servers, written in Java. Jin can run either as a standalone application (available at this website) or as an applet, directly from your browser (available at the chess...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Chess Walk

    Chess Walk is an Android chess application allowing offline and online (via FICS) play.

    Open Source Android

    • Discontinued Website and app unavailable.
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    Grand Master Chess 3

    Grand Master Chess III will help to improve your chess skills and become a better tournament or casual player. You can either have friendly competitions against friends and family members or try solo mode against the computer. Listen...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued No official homepage for game, but it is available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/GRAND-MASTER-CHESS-SPECIAL-EDITION-Windows/dp/B000QS61EA
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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 3D graphics.

    Free Android

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    SkillGamesBoard

    SkillGamesBoard.com offers a perfect opportunity to play free skill and board games like chess, checkers, reversi, and go against your friends online or other players worldwide. Get free access to these games at any time: start...

    Free Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    GameKnot

    Play chess online! The premier online chess battleground - play a friendly chess game online or compete in chess tournaments, chess teams, solve chess puzzles, FREE!

    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 Interactive. It was released on May 17, 2011 for PC (Windows and Mac), PlayStation 3, PlayStation...

    Commercial Mac Windows Steam

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    Chess Meister

    Chess Meister provides a simple and beautiful interface for playing chess. Share the board with another player, and the pieces turn to face the player whose turn it is for lively two-player action.

    Commercial iPad

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    BrainyChess

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

    Free Web / Cloud iPhone

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    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

  • Chess Walk Rebirth icon

    Chess Walk Rebirth

    Smart & elegant chess realization; Play chess online with real people or offline with AI.

    Free Android Android Tablet

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