Chess games

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Chess is a popular game which is played by two players on a checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid.

List of Chess games[edit]

This is a list of free chess games:

Game Screenshot Last Release Genres Description
CBoard Cboard.png 2013-09-21 Chess, Text-mode
CBoard ncurses console chess game
GenreChess, Text-mode
Latest release0.7.1
Release dateSeptember 21th, 2013
DeveloperBen Kibbey
Code licenseGPL [1]
Media licenseno media
P. languageC

CBoard is a text-mode chess game front-end and editor for PGN (Portable Game Notation) files. It uses unicode characters to display chess pieces.

GNU Chess GNU-Chess.png January 12, 2015 Chess

GNU Chess is a program that plays the ancient board game, Chess. The latest version of the game is 5.0.7 uploaded on August 7, 2003.[2] It is licensed under the GPLv2. It was one of the first major games to be developed deliberately as free software. On the game Free Software Foundation founder Richard M. Stallman said "We even developed a chess game, GNU Chess, because a complete [free] system needs games too."[3]

PyChess Pychess.png 2016-06-25 Chess
Latest release0.12.4  (Announcement)
Release dateJune 25th, 2016
Code licenseGPL [4]
Media licenseGPL [4]
P. languagePython

PyChess is a graphical front-end that works with xboard-compatible engines such as GNU Chess and stockfish, and also comes with its own chess engine if no other is available. PyChess is also capable of online play using the FICS server. Features include hints, different chess variants, and themeable chess pieces.

SilChess SilChess-EM071.png Chess

SilChess (from “silly chess”) is a chess program written by Oliver Hamann in C++ in the years 2000—2009.

SilChess.cpp - Command line version of SilChess

The command-line version shows a pseudographical board with ASCII art pieces, and asks for a command. It also supports xboard protocol.

The other version (using the same code) is a plug-in for the Eagle Mode ZUI environment. Its UI is isometric, with the pieces reflecting everything around them.

The plug-in says it is called so because it was written by a weak chess player and weak chess programmer. However, John Knight called the AI “rather aggressive” and “rather nasty” in his article.[5]

  2. FTP page for GNU Chess project hosted on
  3. Stallman's Chess quote
  4. 4.0 4.1 LICENSE on Github
  5. John Knight, 1 Feb 2009. New Projects - Fresh from the Labs. Linux Journal. Accessed on 2009-05-25.