19929 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Backgammon, Yatzy, and more!
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
hey guys, just a quick one - are there any decent chess engines available to download for free (legally) online? if so, what's your recommendation?
This post was brought to you by someone who is exceptionally cheap and lazy.
Houdini, Stockfish, Firebird for starters in free chess engines.
Next time describe your PC and OS that can't hurt and might help. Being cheap is OK but lazy has its limitations - you can look up a lot of this stuff with minimal search engine skills - trust me on this one. Even searching the forums here for similar questions is often helpful
You can also download Winboard, Arena and other free chess programs to run the engines in - they need a GUI if you don't already have Fritz or some other chess program or DB.
My 'cheap and lazy' comment was very much tongue in cheek :)
Grand, thanks for the recommendations. I've just got a windows vista laptop, nothing too fancy.
Don't worry about the engines ratings so much as how well they work (or not) on your PC. For instance, Houdini is a real CPU hog so depending on your CPU and total RAM it may not let you do much multi-tasking easily (or at all) I'm down to 1.5 GB RAM (sigh) so I have it analyze when I'm not using my PC. And another engine I forget which one crashed a lot so I just ditched it, but there's plenty of really good ones to choose from.
"Chess.com Isle of Man International - Round 1 | GM Simon Williams & WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni"
Female chess players forced to wear hijab
by PolicyDebater a few minutes ago
10/1/2016 - Fischer - Tal, Leipzig 1960, Modified
by hecksuba 6 minutes ago
by Martin_Stahl 8 minutes ago
mbti personality types and chess
by PaullHutchh 10 minutes ago
Blocking Players from Android App
by Martin_Stahl 15 minutes ago
android app problems
by Martin_Stahl 17 minutes ago
White to move and draw (V)
by MARattigan 26 minutes ago
Problemas y Finales (X 22)
by ChessReina 29 minutes ago
robots on chess.com
by Martin_Stahl 30 minutes ago
9/29/2016 - Occupying The Escape Square
by birdseed11 30 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2016 Chess.com
• Chess - English
Try the new Chess.com!
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!