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Updated on : 12/07/2017
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Overview chess programs

The following table gives more detail on different chess programs. Please refer to the links page for more information where to find them.

Name Elo License Source OS 9 / Classic OS X Xboard UCI Remark
Hiarcs 11.1 2900 - - - Yes - - review
Deep Shredder 2800 - - - Yes - - review
Shredder >2700 n.a. - - Yes - - review
Hiarcs 9.60 >2700 € 25 - - Yes - Yes review
Fruit >2500 Free Yes - Terminal ??? Yes -
Ruffian >2500 n.a. - - Terminal Yes - -
Kasparov Chessmate >2500 € 45 - Yes / - Yes - - Ruffian engine
review
Chessmaster 9000 >2500 € 40 - - Yes - - Engine The King 3.23
review
Crafty 19.17 SMP >2400 Prop Yes - Terminal Yes -  
Crafty 19.13 >2400 Prop Yes Terminal / Yes Terminal Yes - -
Gothmog 1.0 >2200 Prop - - Terminal Yes Yes -
GNUChess 5.0.7 2200 GPL2 Yes - Terminal Yes - -
GNUChess 4.0b5 2000 GPL1 Yes Yes / Yes Terminal Yes - -
j2chess 1700 Free - - Yes - -
Belofte 1100 Free - - Terminal Yes - From the site owner
Crafty 11.14 GUI ? Prop Yes / - - - - -
Hiarcs 7.0.1 ? n.a. -           - -
Hiarcs 6 ? n.a. -           - -
MacChess ? Free Yes Yes / Yes - - - GNU based, with Exachess.
Glaurung ? Free Yes - Yes Yes Yes -
Chessmate 6.3.5 ? ?         - -
ChessKing 1.0 ? ?         - -
RChess 2.2.2 ? Free         - -
Mac Chess 2.0 ? Prop Yes - Yes - - Sjeng engine 11.2
Sjeng ? GPL2 Yes - Terminal Yes - Included in Mac Chess 2.0
Screamer ? Free - with Exachess.
Chessmaster 3000/4000/6000 ? n.a. - - - - - no longer available
Vanessa chess ? Free - Yes / - - - - -
Vektor 3.2.1 ? € 10 - ? Yes - -
Freeverse deluxe ? ? - - - - -
Phalanx XXII ? Free Yes - Terminal Yes - -
Pepito ? ? Yes - Terminal Yes -
Gothmog 0.3.0 ? Free - - Terminal Yes -
MSCP (Marcel's) ? Free Yes - Terminal Yes -
Scorpio ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Chess Rikus ? ? - -     - To be checked
Amy ? ? - -     - To be checked
Beowulf ? ? - -     - To be checked
ZZZZZZ ? Free - -     - To be checked, with Exachess

Solutions

The following table gives more detail on different auxiliary programs. Please refer to the links page for more information where to find them.

Name Elo License Source OS 9 / Classic OS X Xboard UCI Remark
XBoard 4.2.7 Suite GPL2 Yes - Yes n.a. - X11
Jose Suite Free - Yes n.a. n.a. Xboard and UCI compatible
see review
Sigma chess pro 6.0.3 Suite € 15 Yes/Yes Yes - - -
see review
Sigma chess lite 6.0.3 Suite Free Yes/Yes Yes - n.a. UCI engines can plug in
see review
Exachess pro 3.2.1 Suite € 100 - Yes - - Exachess engines can plug in
Exachess lite 3.0.1 Suite Free - Yes - - Exachess engines can plug in
SCID Suite Free Yes - Yes n.a. - Xboard compatible
Fixation 2.1.1 UI Free Yes/Yes - - - Internet
FixationC 2.1.1 UI Free - Yes - - Internet
Jin 2.12 UI Free - Yes - - Internet
ChessWorks UI ? - Internet
Chessic UI ? -
Chess browser UI € 10 - - Yes - - DB
Project Gridlock UI Free Yes Server available
EBoard UI GPL2 Yes - Yes - - -

License: GNU open source (GPL1, GPL2), BSD open source (BSD), Propriatry open source (Prop), Undefined free (Free). Commercial price as purchased in Belgium, ...

Elo: Guessed elo value. Will need to be confirmed after testing. Reference platform will be Dual G4 1.25. Obviously there will be no listing if there is no playing engine in the application.

Terminal: Application only available from a command line script.

XBoard/UCI.: Application is xboard or uci compatible and can be used as a plug-in engine for either XBoard or Sigmachess.

Other solutions

Special chess requiements:

Please have a look at the specials page.

Through emulation:

I tried about 10 different chess programmes for PC throught the use of Virtual PC and Parallels desktop. Other emulators include VMWare Fusion, Real PC, Bochs, ... All programmes should normally work correctly.

I want to hear your reports if somethings fails.

Older programs, still looking for details.

BattleChess Enhanced:(C-$30)
Checkmate:(C-$15)
Chess II:(C)
ChessMates:(C-$40)
Chess Wars:(C-$40)
Classic 5:(C-$30)
Dr Schiller's Chess Game:(C-$15)
Game Parlor:(C-$25)
GrandMaster Chess:(C)
Psion Chess (v1.6):(C)
Sargon V:(C-$25)
USCF Chess:(C)
Chess++:(S)
ChessKing (v00.80b):(S-$40)
ChessMate (v6.3.5):(S-$24)
ChessPro (v1.00):(S-$30)
Kibitz (v3.0):(S-Free)
RChess (v2.01):(S-Free)