I need a chess engine and I'm poor

  • #1

    Hi everyone,

    I need a chess engine I can run to evaluate my games and improve my gameplay. I can't afford Houdini so what other options are there that are free with a high analysis strength?

  • #2

    Houdini 1.5 is excellent and free.  You also need a GUI (graphic user interface).  I've heard Stockfish is a great engine too.  2 popular GUI's are Arena and Scid v. PC.  All can be downloaded from chess.com right here:

    http://www.chess.com/downloads

    I use an older version of Fritz (cheap) loaded up with Houdin 1.5a and HIARCS ($50) so I can't say anything  from personal experience about what's the best free stuff but try a "search forums" and you'll find lots of previous threads.  Have fun!

  • #3

    okay thanks!

  • #4

    Try Stockfish DD:

      http://stockfishchess.org/

    It's stronger then Houdini 3 and almost equall to Houdini 4.

  • #5

    Yes Stockfish DD can also utilize eight cores (4 physical 4 virtual).  Beware since your mouse cursor will slow down if on at all cores so maybe 7 is best.  I have a Haswell i7 so it's the best current and reasonably priced processor.  It still doesn't find Staunton's objectively best Nh1!! unless I scroll past the move however. 

  • #6
    spikestars wrote:

    Hi everyone,

    I need a chess engine I can run to evaluate my games and improve my gameplay. I can't afford Houdini so what other options are there that are free with a high analysis strength?

    Stockfish 5 is way better than Stockfish DD. Strongest engine of 2013.

    https://stockfishchess.org/

    Oh and for your GUI I suggest that you get Lucas chess, but it's buggy. Winboard's way too confusing.

    http://www-lucaschess.rhcloud.com/

  • #7

    okay thanks!

    spikestars: Beautiful.

    So many posters at chess.com won't take yes for an answer.

  • #8

    dude, you don't need to be rich to have a chess engine Laughing

  • #9

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