Best 5 free Chess Software

jerryi

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

KarL_Doroin

What about stockfish? Is it bad?

 

LambertJ

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

Geronwirit

My favorite so far is PGN ChessBook at https://pgnchessbook.org

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

Geronwirit

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

https://pgnchessbook.org/

https://sourceforge.net/projects/pgn-chessbook/

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

ChesterKing85

Hi all can I load a powerbook on lucas

sound67

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.