Pychess wouldn't work for me and after trying other software I settled for Eboard. I can play a basic game with it but the interface is intimidating and there appears to be no documentation. Is there a tutorial somewhere or should I try some different software?


glchess (Click To Install)

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  • Yes this is what I was looking for. I haven't tried out a network game, but it detects the computer engines no problem. – daithib8 May 17 '11 at 19:04
  • Can you provide some reasons to use glchess? – user unknown Jun 4 '11 at 17:38

I played with PyChess (It's in the Software Center) for a while. Among other things, it can give hints for what the best move would be for your current situation. You can also choose the difficulty, so you can start at a low level, and after you've beaten your computer a couple of times move up to a stronger opponent.

Good luck!

  • I've tried this program and it is really cool, though, it's AI is really tough. Which engine and which setting (from 1 to 8) do you recommend to an absolute begginer? I've never been able to beat "crafty" or "pychess" until now. – Pedro Rolo May 16 '11 at 8:23
  • To be honoust I don't know what exact settings I used. I've played around a little on a rainy afternoon, but never used it much. – Bart May 17 '11 at 11:13
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    In your case I would start on level 1 and see if you can beat the computer. And also try to use hint/spy mode and undo. It will help analyzing your moves and improving game. Just keep on practicing and learn from your mistakes :) (sorry for double post, I couldn't edit my previous one) – Bart May 17 '11 at 11:19

You can try using gnome-chess Install gnome-chess

A screenshot:

A Chessboard

  • Can you provide some reasons to use gnome-chess? – user unknown Jun 4 '11 at 17:38

I would suggest Chessmaster even though it isn't free and only has a bronze raiting on WineHQ, because of the tutorials/lessons by Josh Waitzkin that are really awesome, especially for beginners.

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I'm cheating here... But I would recommend Sparkchess or sparkchess.com. The free version is web-based, and doesn't have too many features, but it's a nice interface, and the easiest AI is pretty easy (heck, even I can beat it pretty easily).

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