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10 of the Best Free Linux Chess Apps

10 of the Best Free Linux Chess Apps

Chess is a recreational and competitive board game played between two players. It is a very popular game, played by millions across the world, in clubs, online, by correspondence, and in tournaments.

Chess has the virtue of being suitable for people of all ages. It has many positive attributes such as to help individuals develop their memory, improve and enhance their concentration, as well as logical thinking. It also promotes and improves imagination and creativity. Chess is one of those games that takes a few days to learn and the rest of your life to master, with the game being a never ending learning process, even for the top players.

The game is played on a square chessboard with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. Each player controls 16 pieces, and the object of the game is to checkmate the opponent's king.

Linux chess software generally is separated into a "front end" application and a "chess engine". There is a wide range of chess-playing software for Linux, which can defeat most master players under tournament conditions. Computer chess has been a phenomenal success, aiding chess analysis, and allowing players to play when no human opponents are available. Other types of chess software include chess databases and tournament managers. Chess databases provide a convenient way to store your own games, a time-efficient method to study, and offers access to statistics about your own games and of titled chess players.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 10 top chess applications, identifying our favorite front ends, chess engines and chess databases. All of these tools are released under a freely distributable license, with the exception of Crafty, which does place a few restrictions on commercial use.

So let's explore the 10 chess applications tools at hand. For each application we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with links to relevant resources and reviews. Start playing one of the greatest games ever devised. Play chess, have fun!

Clients
PyChess Gnome inspired chess client written in Python
Jin Java based graphical client for internet chess servers
decaf Java based chess client for FICS
Database
Scid Shane's Chess Information Database
ChessDB Based on Scid with some enhancements
jose Database with a graphical front-end for viewing and editing games
Engines
Toga II Has a chess strength in excess of 2800 ELO
Glaurung Like Toga II, this is a very strong UCI chess engine
Crafty Highly competent chess engine
Tournament Manager
SOSS Chess pairing software

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