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What are the best Chess.com alternatives?

Chess.com is described as 'Play chess online with millions of players around the world! Enjoy free unlimited games and improve your chess rating with 50,000+ tactics puzzles, interactive lessons and videos, and a powerful computer opponent. Unlock your inner chess master today!' and is a Chess app in the games category. There are more than 25 games similar to Chess.com for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Online / Web-based, Android, Linux and Mac. The best alternative is Lichess, which is both free and Open Source. Other Chess.com like games are Chessmaster, XBoard, OpeningTree and Fritz.

Chess.com alternatives are mainly Chess Apps but may also be Puzzle Games. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Chess.com.
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  1. Lichess icon

    Lichess

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad

    Lichess is the most complete chess experience, with a simple interface that focuses on the game, a massive array of game related tools and a huge, worldwide community.

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    Almost everyone thinks Lichess is a great alternative to Chess.com.
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    vondelphia

    lichess.org community is awesome!

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    It has lessons, puzzles, and games for free, without any ads.

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    janec

    Chess.com got pretty clunky with too many features and things going on. Lichess is just so much simpler. Gets the basics of what a chess site needs much better than other chess sites

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    POX

    Open source and completely free, best chess website!

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    Zipping

    Absolutely no reason to play on any proprietary when there's such a full featured open and free option as Lichess.

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    krehan_Shah

    It is the best free chess website

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    awesome website easy to handle beater than chess.com

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    Chessmaster

    • Windows

    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.

    Discontinued

    No new releases since 2008. But the old games get some solid praise for teaching features—might be worth a try.

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    XBoard

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com

    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 Chess.

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    OpeningTree

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    Consolidated view of all your chess games from chess.com, lichess, grandmaster games or custom pgn. Prepare against your opponents by analyzing at their games and see which openings work for you.

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    Fritz

    • Windows

    Fritz is the world’s most popular chess program, developed by ChessBase, “the world's leading chess software company” (Washington Post).

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    5D Chess with Multiverse Time Travel

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Steam

    5D Chess With Multiverse Time Travel the first ever chess variant with spatial, temporal, and parallel dimensions. It's the first ever chess variant with multiverse time travel!.

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    Shotgun King

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • itch.io

    Chess, but you replace your entire army with a royal shotgun.

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    Brutal Chess

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com

    Brutal Chess Brutal Chess features full 3D graphics, an advanced particle engine, and several different levels of intelligent AI, inspired by the once popular Battle Chess.

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  9. Blitz Tactics icon

    Blitz Tactics

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    Fast-paced chess puzzles. Various game modes.

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  10. Chess Tempo icon

    Chess Tempo

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online

    A website dedicated to helping chess players improve their game.

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