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    Jin is described as '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 server's website)' and is a Chess App in the Games category. There are more than 25 games similar to Jin for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Android, Linux, Online / Web-based and Mac. The best alternative is Lichess, which is both free and Open Source. Other Jin like games are Chess.com (Freemium), Lucas Chess (Free, Open Source), Chessmaster (Paid) and XBoard (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Apr 8, 2022
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    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    Jin is an open source, cross platform, graphical client for chess servers, written in Java. Jin can run either as a...
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    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.
      • 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!


      • 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.
      • 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.

      • 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.


      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Arena is a free Graphical User Interface (GUI) for chess. Arena helps you in analyzing and playing games as well as in testing chess engines. It runs on Linux or Windows. Arena is compatible to UCI and Winboard protocols.
      • Windows
      Fritz is the world’s most popular chess program, developed by ChessBase, “the world's leading chess software company” (Washington Post).
      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      • itch.io
      Chess, but you replace your entire army with a royal shotgun.
      • 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.
    2. 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.
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