Chess Freeware and Shareware Download Page
Currently hosting 39 programmes!

The programs are listed in alphabetical order. Each of them has been
given an overall rating (Chessweb's personal opinion of the programme)
and a rating which kind of player should download the programme:

No star = Boring and really uninteresting programme
= Interesting and fun programme
= A great programme!

The rating does not depend on strength, but on graphics, usability and options.

= Programme For Beginners (ELO < 1600)
= Programme For Medium/Club Players (ELO > 1600 ) <
= Programme For Experts (ELO > 2000)

About the points:
a) Strength on a Pentium 133
b) A programme may have more than 1 point.
I.e. a programme with 3 points is good for any kind of player.

Arasan (Win 3.11, Win 95) /
.The graphics of this programme are not very good,
but it is alright, though, because of its good range of options and
difficulty-levels. The author states that it plays ELO 2000 - 2200 on
a Pentium. Arasan features a clock, ply-control and game-saving in
the popular PGN format (standard Chess game file format). Arasan seems
to like setting up traps like discovered checks. The only thing that
worries me is that the Win95 version takes 3 Megabytes to download!
Arasan 2.2 for Win 3.1 (287 KB) Arasan 5.2 (Win 95, 3.34 MB) Homepage

Bowili Schach 5.03 (Windows, German/Deutsch) /
Ein deutsches Programm, das auf einem Demo-Set zur Borland-Programmierung
basiert. Das Demo-Programm wurde im grossen und ganzen nicht zu sehr
veraendert, ausser dass es ins Deutsche uebersetzt wurde und ein paar
kleine Fehler korrigiert wurden. Bowili-Schach besitzt die Standard-
optionen wie Suchtiefe, Zeit pro Zug/Spiel u.s.w. und ist recht stark. <>
Eine Funktion ist jedoch einzigartig: Man kann die Zeit per Zug auf
bis zu 0.01 Sekunden herabsetzen, so kann wirklich jeder eine fuer
sich geeignete Schwierigkeitsstufe finden!
Bowili Schach 5.03 runterladen (166 KB)

Der Bringer 1.4 (Win 32, English or Deutsch) /
The Bringer (the name is nonsensical) is a very good Windows programme with many
functions. There are numberous options; hash tables, an analysis function, import of EPN
and PGN files, saving games in PGN and the program's own file format, 3 different board
sizes and 2 nice piece sets. It is also possible to print positions. Unfortunately, the program
doesn't save things you changed (for example if you switched 'language' to English).
Changing the language is by the way done by clicking on "Ansicht" in the menu, and there
you go to select "Sprache" and then click on "Englisch".
Download Der Bringer 1.4 (997 KB)

Bugchess (Windows, Francais) /
Bugchess possede un interface typique de Windows avec un echequier
normal. Il y a des choix standards comme recherche de profondeur et
temps par coup, mais il me manque un horloge. Il est possible
d'enregistrer les jeux comme sous format des listes de coups.
Telecharger Bugchess (115 KB)

Chessterfield (Windows 32) /
Chessterfield is a Windows programme which plays rather weakly and has quite a small
range of options. The graphics are okay, but nothing special. The options that there are
include editing the board and saving the game to a file. There is no chess clock.
Download Chessterfield (200 KB)

Chess Fugue (Win 3.1)
Chess Fugue is a rather old Windows 3.11 programme. The chess board and the interface
it uses are quite similar to those used by Owlchess and Bowili Chess (all of them are
probably based on the same 'programming example' once included with a compiler
or whatever), but there are some features which distinguish Chess Fugue from these
For example the clock. If you select a 5 min. game and play, the programme will announce
5 minutes later that the player who was just contemplating about his/her move has lost.
This is usually not the computer but you. Quite unfair. A strange feature :)
At least the 'Match User's Time' feature works properly ...
Download Chess Fugue (122 KB)

Chess Partner 4.1 (Win 95) /
The program you can download here is a 30-day trial version of Chess Partner.
Chess Partner is demo of a commercial prgramme and has a lot of features,
additionally it is a strong player. There are all those features you only find in a real
commercial programme; clock, specific computer strength settings, different boards etc.
There is also a stupid robot voice which announces the moves; it sounds quite unpleasant.
Also, the graphics aren't too nice (in comparison to other (expensive) commercial chess
Download Chess Partner 4.1 (3.73 MB)

Chess Tiger Light (DOS, English or French) /
Chess Tiger Light is a demo of the commercial programme Chess
Tiger. It runs under Windows as well as under DOS, but it looks
like a Windows programme and has a very nice interface. There
are only few restrictions; the board is a little too small, but
you cannot edit its size in the demo version, as well as you
are not allowed to do any changes about the chess engine (what-
ever that means). The rest of the programme is fully functionable,
works and plays well.
Download Chess Tiger Light (231 KB)

Chenard 1.039 (DOS, Windows) /
There are several versions of Chenard available:
Windows, DOS VGA or DOS CGA. This means you can even play it on a
very old laptop. The DOS version of this programme seem to be boring
at first; you can select a ply depth and then play. But the way it
plays is quite entertaining and human-alike. The windows version has
cool graphics but does not feature ply-depth. Though, it is really
fun to play Chenard!
Download DOS version (70 KB) Download Windows 95 version (128 KB) Homepage

Chess-It! (Windows) /
Chess-It! is an interesting Windows programme with nice graphics
(There are 3 piece sets available and you can change the board colors).
It is quite strong in the opening and middle game, but if you make it to
the endgame, you will discover it is easy to win against Chess-It! in that
stage of the game.
3 different piece sets are available, the playing strength can only be defined
by selecting a ply depth. Chess-It can pronounce the moves using the wave
files of Chenard.
Download Chess-It! (499 KB)

Chess Marvel (Windows)
Chess Marvel is a boring chess programme for windows. Actually, it does not have
any options and it plays very weakly. Only one difficulty level is available: novice.
The author charges moneyfor the registered version where two more difficulty levels
are available. The programme has little strategical knowledge and it barely knows all
the rules of the game of Chess. For example, it doesn't the 3 move repeatition rule (=draw).
Download Chess Marvel (44 KB)

Chessfiz 0.14 (DOS, English or German) /
Chessfiz is still in a beta stage and the author is planning to make many improvements.
Even though, it can already play quite well and there is a graphical interface. Yet, there are
only buttons like "new game", if you want to use a clock (only sec/move is available) you
to type in some cryptic command. The author is planning to change that (he wants to add
a pulldown menu, saving & loading etc.). Nice programme, I am looking forward to the final
Download Chessfiz (368 KB)

Clueless (DOS) /
World's weakest Chess programme - on purpose! This is a programme
for all those Chess beginners who just can't cope with the other
software. For a total novice, all the other programmes on this page
are too strong. This programme has 6 levels, the first 3 are totally
dumb, partially worse than random - the next 3 use ply-depth, are
slow as hell (brute-force) and the moves they make are not good,
either. A must-have for every novice!!!
There are two versions, I don't know which one is better but the second one appears to
be newer.
Download Clueless [1] (46 KB) Download Clueless [2] (52 KB)

Comet B.00 (DOS, English OR Deutsch) /
Comet is a very strong programme. At the micro-computer championship
in late 1997, it scored 9th place, much better than many other programs
of which some where using much better hardware (e.g. ALPHA 767's).
Comet plays a very strong game, but the graphics are not quite
overwhelming and the interface only works with keyboard commands
(the pieces are moved by mouse). You cannot determine the ply depth.
This is not programme for beginners but advanced players may like it.
Download Comet version B.00 (1.91 MB)

Dabbaba, version November 6th 98 (DOS) /
Dabbaba is a DOS programme with bad graphics, which is
outweighed by the huge number of options and special
features it has. The interface doesn't have mouse support,
and its playing style seems to be rather defensive.
But have a look at all those nice special features like:
Mate solving: If Dabbaba can check you, it looks if it can check
(or checkmate) again afterwards, and if it can still check, it looks
one further move ahead etc. This search method enables Dabbaba
to solve 12 (!!!) move checkmating problems in less than a second.
Also, Dabbaba can play 10 different variants of Chess.
Download Dabbaba (317 KB)

Decade 2.0 (DOS) /
Rebel Decade is an excellent programme. Actually, Rebel Decade is
a (freeware) demo of the famous (& strong) commercial programme Rebel.
Of course, Rebel Decade is also very strong and has many, many
features although it is not as good as Rebel 9.0. Very strong and
many functions - you HAVE to download this programme!
Go to the Rebel Decade page

Diep (DOS) /
Diep is an excellent chess programme for players of all classes.
The graphics are beautiful and there are many options, of course
a clock and all that stuff is included. The newest version of DIEP
plays still today in tournaments, the version which is available here
is from 1994.
Download Diep (131 KB)

Diogenes 5.01 (DOS) /
Diogenes is a DOS-programme with medium graphics and without mouse
support. The programme has medium strength, there is a clock and a
board editor, but you can not determine the programme's ply depth.
It is a fun programme, though.
Download Diogenes 5.01 (54 KB)

ExChess 2.51 (DOS) /
This programme plays quite strong and has some kind of "universal" style
of play. It has a simple DOS interface with a small board which is
equipped with ugly pieces. It is operated by mouse, but if you are
running it under Windows, the mouse moves a little slower than usual.
There is nothing else to say about ExChess except it is really strong,
so watch out!
Download ExChess 2.51 (801 KB)

GNUChess 4.14 (Windows) /
GNUChess was made in a group-project, where a lot of people could
contribute to it. This made it a strong programme which is available
for many different platforms. The Windows version available here has
a nice interface, good graphics and many features. And it is really
Download GNUChess (379 KB)

Green Light Chess 2.04 (Windows) /
Green Light Chess is a Windows programme with some nice features,
especially the move-evalution window is well done, but the board
does not look very nice. There is nothing more to be said about
it except it is a usual windows Chess programme.
Download Green Light Chess from its Homepage

Gromit 1.2 (Windows) /
Gromit Chess is also a very good Windows programme. Not very strong,
but fun to play with, though. As most of the Windows programmes,
Gromit has a large scale of functions and it has nice graphics.
I have heard that a new version will be available soon which will
be much stronger.
Download Gromit (623 KB)

Huuhkaja 6.8 (DOS, w/ English and Finnish help files) /
Huuhkaja was written in the beginner's programming language QBasic, which is not
very strong (fast) when performing mathematical operations and generates ugly
graphics. Despite this fact, the coder has managed to write a nice-looking programme
(screen resolution only 320 * 200) which plays fairly strong. There are not many
options and there is no mouse support.
The newest version of Huuhkaja is freeware and plays a little stronger than the
previous versions.
Download Huuhkaja (264 KB)

Inmichess 2.17b (DOS) /
Inmichess is a DOS programme with average graphics and a bad interface. To
tell the truth, it is operated by keyboard only. But under the bad interface, a strong
chess engine is hiding. One (and probably the only) reason to download Inmichess
is its strength and its playing style. Many features are missing, e.g. you can only
define the program's strength by specifying a number of seconds per move.
Download Inmichess 2.17b (657 KB)

Jester (JAVA) /
Jester is a JAVA program, this means you can use it with different operating systems.
You will need an internet browser which supports JAVA to use it (most internet browsers do).
Jester is quite a strong program and has a number of interesting features. It also plays some
chess variants you sure haven't seen yet. To start Jester, the only thing you will have to do
is opening the HTML file Jester_Eng.html with your internet browser.
Download Jester (85 KB)

KC Chess (DOS) /
KC Chess was written in 1990, but this does not mean it is bad,
of course. The graphics are typical for TURBOPascal (boring), but
its playing style is quite funny - you can switch "positional
analysis" off, so the programme will not know anything about that
and hence play very badly. Be prepared - even if you switch "pos.
analysis" on and switch to ply 3 the programme will still play lousily!
Download KC Chess (125 KB)

K-Chess (-Elite) (DOS, Win 16, Win 32) /
This is a good, though a little complicated programme. Developed by
an Australian programmer, this high-quality Windows programme has
every feature you may want. One which beginners might miss in other
programmes is that all possible moves and direct threats are shown
graphically. There is also a nice Chess guide included in the help
file (how to play & some strategy tips). Tip: You can normalize the
board (there's an ugly pattern on it) by [Play.. Options.. Board..].
The programme can also speak, it announces the moves, check, etc.
Go to K-Chess's Homepage

Mafis Chess 2000 (Win 32, Deutsch) /
Mafis ist ein Shareware-Programm mit einer Reihe von Beschränkungen: Zuerst einmal
muß man beim Programmstart einige Zeit warten ('Nag-Screen'), und dann ist auch nur
ein Schwierigkeitsstufe vorhanden. Das Programm macht insgesamt keinen sehr pro-
fessionellen Eindruck (so gäbe es z.B. auch in der Vollversion nur 5 Schwierigkeitstufen
und nur eine recht geringe Anzahl an Optionen),die Registrierungsgebühr beträgt jedoch
auch nur 25,- DM.
Download Mafis Chess 2000 (1.32 MB)

Micro Chess
Hmm... I don't know if you can call this a chess program. It is very, very weak BUT ...
it can move the pieces! Well, it's from 1987 and it's written in GW-BASIC, the source
code is included - probably my only reason for uploading the programme, the source
code is pretty short and shows you the basics of chess programming (making an interface,
generate possible moves etc.).
Download Micro Chess (54 KB)

Microsoft Chess /
Successor of WinChess and Ziggurat - the author just changed the
programme a little and sold it to Microsoft to be part of a game
package for Windows. Well ... it plays a weak game of Chess
(nice for beginners), maybe (well, I don't know) it only uses
a plain brute force Chess engine. Press the "force move" button
just after you've moved - the moves it makes are nonsense.
Summarization: Interesting, but if you got this one, do not download
WinChess and Ziggurat.
Download Microsoft Chess (166 KB)

Minimax (Windows)
Minimax is actually part of a programming package (book?) for people
who want to become chess programmers. It is just meant to show you the
basics of chess programming. Well, somebody ported it to Windows, and if
you're interested, you can try it out.
Download Minimax (141 KB)

Nero 5 (DOS) /
Version 5 of Nero comes with an improved interface and increased
strength. Though, Nero is still one of the weakest freeware programmes.
You can have a lot of fun with Nero though, and its playing style is quite
Download Nero 5 (45 KB)

Nova Chess (DOS, English OR Deutsch) /
Nova Chess is quite a strong freeware programme, though it is not
an expert. It runs in DOS but it has mouse support and a windows-like
interface with some but not many function. There is no clock, you can
only select a ply-depth or a time-limit for the computer's moves.
It prefers rather unusual openings.
Download Nova (64 KB)

NOW was made in 1991, probably one of the strongest shareware-
programmes of its time. It even scored well in recent computer-chess
tournaments, in AEGON '97 it scored equal with COMET and DIEP.
It is unbelievable fast and plays unusual openings. You move the
pieces by mouse or keyboard, all commands have to be given in by
keyboard. It also runs in lower graphics modes, so it is (also because
of its speed) a good programme for slower computers and laptops.
Download NOW (97 KB)

OwlChess (Windows 3.11) /
Actually, OwlChess is based on the same programming-demo as Bowili
Schach, but I have put this one here because it is English. OwlChess
has a lot of options, has a clock, determination of ply-depth... but
one of its features is unique; you can limit the time per move to 0.01
seconds - this makes the programme play very weakly!
Download OwlChess (209 KB)

This programme also seems to be quite old. The graphics are not very
good and there are almost no options at all. You
have to give in your moves by hand. The programme takes about 5-10
seconds for each move. This depends. It plays a good game, perhaps
it looks about 3 to 5 moves ahead. I guess Philidor would turn around
in his grave if he knew what kind of a programme wears his name!
Download Philidor (85 KB)

PowerChess V.6 (DOS) /
Yes there is a commercial product called Power Chess - but this one
is from 1989/90. It is a very good programme for the time it was made.
Everything is arranged like in a Windows programme, the graphics are
okay and the programme plays well. The only bad thing is that the
programme does not have a clock, you can only limit it to a time per
move. This may not be smaller than 10 seconds ...
Download PowerChess v.6 (142 KB)

Rabbit 1.4 (Windows 95) /
Rabbit is a programme for Windows 95 which runs in a DOS window! The
graphics are quite ugly and there are not many features. Even though,
the programme plays quite strong, please inform me if I have overrated
its strength but I think it is stronger than 2000 elo. In the newest version of
the programme, various chess clock settings are available. Some more help
screens have also been added. Another thing I'd like to mention is that the
programme has a very big opening library.
Download Rabbit 1.4 (1.00 MB)

Rebel 10 Trial Version (DOS) /
There is a trial version of the commercial programme Rebel 10 available for download!
You can use it for 30 days. It's basically the same as Rebel Decade (which was full freeware)
but it has more features and it plays much stronger.
Download it from the Rebel homepage

Rival 1.5f (DOS) /
Exceptionally cool graphics! This is a, though not very strong,
fun to play programme - it also plays other styles of chess. It
works only with mouse, has the usual options - clock, playing level ...
and of course really cool graphics - you can even select different
piece sets.
Download Rival (125 KB)

Rival Chess for Windows version 1.8.12 (Windows 95) /
Rival for Win has even better graphics than Rival for DOS and it is
a Windows95 application. It is also much stronger than Rival for DOS.
Playing it is really fun - it does not only have time controls but
also pre-defined difficulty levels. A ply-depth can not be specified.
There are many options about the graphics and piece-sets - although
this programme's graphics are not as good as those of a commercial
like Chessmaster, they are the best you can get in shareware!
The newest version has its own installation programme so you don't
have to install the WinG.DLL file manually anymore (this caused problems).
Download Rival for Win (754 KB)

Rookie (Windows) /
Rookie is a good shareware programme. The only functions which are
disabled are saving & loading games and the shareware version plays
a little weaker than the full version. There are four different piece sets
available, although none of them is particularly nice. There is a clock,
the option to determine ply depth and much more. Though, Rookie was
only awarded one star by me because the interface is a little confusing
and some advanced features are missing (hash tables, for example).
Download Rookie (319 KB)

Sachy (Dos & Windows, Czech) /
Sachy is a weak though interesting chess program. While the Dos version
has very little options and a bad user interface and not too many features,
the Windows version comes with a nice interface and rather many features.
A special one that I'd like to mention is that you can change
the program's internal algorhythm variables to a certain extent, not only the
piece's values but also positional variables etc. Unfortunately, the program
has no chess clock; it is only possible to specify a fixed time per move.
Otherwise, I really recommend downloading this program, also because of
its rather human-like style of play.
Download Sachy for Dos (78 KB) Download Sachy for Windows (343 KB) Sachy homepage

Siberian Chess (Dos) /
A Chess programme from Siberia, Russia. I do not think that this is
surprising, I rather think it is surprising there is only one
shareware Chess programme from Russia, as it is the country of Chess.
Siberian Chess is quite strong I think, its playing style reminds me
of YChess for some reason, though it is not comparable. At the first
glance, the graphics look a little cheap but I think they only had
16 colours available. Siberian Chess's menue system looks like that
of a windows programme and it has a lot of features. It is a really
interesting programme which should be in every Chess software
collection, so download it!
Download Siberian Chess (93 KB)

Springer (Dos) /
Springer is an old chess program (1989). There is no mouse support, and
Springer also lacks a real menu system. It has a handful of features,
including the possibility to load and to save games and to print the current
position on the board (you'll need a printer, of course). When I tried to print a
position, it did not work, however (the page was full of random letters).
What I like about Springer is not only that it is a rather weak player and is,
with its 9 different difficulty levels, a fun opponent for beginners, but also
that it plays quite human-like (well, like a typical beginner) so it is also fine for
stronger players who want to try out new openings, strategies etc.
Download Springer (24 KB)

Techno Chess (Windows 32) /
Techno Chess is a shareware programme which has the annoying limitation that you can
make only 30 moves once you've started the program. Otherwise the programme plays
quite well and there are also a handfull of options (the savegame and print position
functions are also disabled in the shareware version).
Download Techno Chess (927 KB)

Waxman 1.6 (Windows) /
Waxman is a usual Windows Chess programme. The board is about as big
as a stamp (well... a little bigger) and can not be enlarged in any
way, but the graphics are okay. No ply-depth can be defined, only a
time per game/number of moves. You can also select "easy", which will
make the programme blunder from time to time. Try out playing 1
minute games with Waxman - it is fun.
Download Waxman (59 KB)

WinChess 2.53f (by Phe Meas) (Windows) /
A good windows programme with fine graphics. This is the only
shareware Chess programme I know that really has restrictions, which
are: Saving games not available, no "defensive mode". It has to be
said that the programme's time restrictions do not work properly. And
the option "match time to user's time" does not work properly at all.
I also cannot understand why the programme calculates up to a depth of
5 half-moves when I select the difficulty level "novice".
Download WinChess (814 KB)

WinChess (by David Norris) (Windows) /
WinChess is an old Windows Chess programme David Norris managed to
sell (not really sell) under 2 other names. This one has the advantage
that you can specify a ply-depth. If you want to know more about it,
please have a look at the description of "Microsoft Chess".
Download WinChess (151 KB)

YChess (DOS) /
A DOS programme with a good interface and fine graphics. It seems to
be quite strong, though I would not call it an expert. It has a chess
clock, ply-limited search-depth, hash tables - I'd say it is about as
good as Diep. Playing with it, especially in timed games, is really
fun because the programme is no aggressive attacker (but in the end
it always wins - do not ask me why).
Download YChess (87 KB)

Ziggurat (Windows)
This programme is very similar to Winchess and Microsoft Chess.
The only special thing about this version is that it can speak.
Well it announces the moves .. boring .. don't download :)
Download Ziggurat (293 KB)

Zzzzzz 5 (Windows 95) /
Zzzzzz is a usual Windows chess programme. The board is quite nice
and you always have a good view at the programme's current calculations
(In other chess programmes, the calculations are shown for a second, as
soon as a new calculation is made, they disappear) because they are
stored in a list which can even be viewed after the game. The programme
plays quite well and there are various options to adjust its strength (ply
depth, chess clock, time per move).
Download Zzzzzz 5.0 (439 KB)

All programmes on this page have been checked for viruses. I can't
guarantee anything, if you find a virus in any of the files tell me
or, even better, clean the file yourself and send it to me.
If any programme or a link doesn't work tell me too. And yes... if
you have (a newer version of) a programme which is not on this page,
tell me. I want to keep this page up-to-date. Also tell me if I was
wrong with my rating of a programme's strength ... I'm no expert ...
Just e-mail me.

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