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    Chessmate Alternatives

    Chessmate is described as 'allows anyone to dive into a game of chess. Whether you’re a beginner (yes, I’m talking about you) or a pro (hmm, debatable), the variety of game modes will challenge you with its witty AI' and is a Chess App in the Games category. There are more than 50 games similar to Chessmate for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Android, Online / Web-based, Mac and Linux. The best alternative is Lichess, which is both free and Open Source. Other Chessmate like games are Chess.com (Freemium), Lucas Chess (Free, Open Source), DroidFish Chess (Free, Open Source) and XBoard (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jun 12, 2021

    1. 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. The Lichess covenant: lichess.org will always be free.
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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Apple Watch
      • Android Wear
      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!
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • PortableApps.com
      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.
    2. A port of the Stockfish chess engine to Android.
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      • 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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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Open source chess database.
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      • 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.
      • 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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      • 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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      • FreeProprietary
      • Online
      I am a pretty mediocre chess player, but at the start of 2019 I was playing a lot of online Blitz. My opening repertoire was pretty slim and I felt myself repeating the same mistakes.
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