Best 5 free Chess Software


I particularly like the database at because it displays the name of the opening in detail as you walk through it. SCID vs PC does not do that.


What about stockfish? Is it bad?



Still discovering new features three years later: I train with Lucas most days.  


My favorite so far is PGN ChessBook at

I like the variations layout and PDF export. I use it most days because it comes with Stockfish out of the box


This one a nice simple GUI and Stockfish integrated out of the box.

It has the best print to PDF doc variations layout I found, which was what I needed.


Hi all can I load a powerbook on lucas


Arena hasn't been updated in years, and It's a bumpy ride under Windows 10 - some engines just stop dead in their tracks without any error message.