Cute Chess – chess graphical software, command-line interface and library

Last Updated on July 24, 2023

Cute Chess is an open source graphical user interface, command-line interface and a library for playing chess. Besides allowing you to play chess against a fellow human, you can play against a chess engine. The software offers a good range of features for the chess enthusiast.

The cutechess-cli program is run from the command line to automates chess engine tournaments.

The graphical client uses the Qt library.

Features include:

  • Attractive chess board with the option to flip the board.
  • Opening book using polygot file.
  • Syzygy tablebases.
  • Game database with import facility (Portable Game Notation).
  • Supports UCI chess engines.
  • Tournaments – round robin, gauntlet, and knockout are supported.
  • Evaluation of position for white and black.
  • Pondering.
  • Show/hide – moves, tags, evaluation history, white’s evaluation, black’s evaluation, and engine debug information.
  • Supports a wide range of chess variants: 3check, 5check, atomic, berolina, capablanca, caparandom, checkless, chessgi, crazyhouse, extinction, fischerandom, gothic, horde, janus, kinglet, kingofthehill, loop, losers, and racingkings.
  • Supports the “UCI_Variant” UCI option

Developer: Ilari Pihlajisto, Arto Jonsson and contributors
License: GNU General Public License v3.0 (a few components are published under the MIT license)

Cute Chess

Cute Chess is written in C++ using the Qt framework. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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