Chess applications?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by karlth, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. karlth macrumors regular

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    Coming from the Windows platform there seems to be a serious dearth of Chess application for OSX. Also when it comes to playing online on the major 3 servers: ICC, FICS and Chessbase there didn't seem to be anything available that ran on Lion.

    Can anyone point me in the right direction?
     
  2. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

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    I have a chess game on my mac that says it came from Apple. I don't remember if it came with the machine, or if I downloaded it later. They have the source code for this game available.
     
  3. karlth thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes it comes with OSX but it isn't a serious chess application.
     
  4. JPGR_Fan macrumors regular

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    I discovered the same thing when I started to study chess about a year ago. It is the only reason I have an MSI i5 Win7 machine sitting next to my trusty, 6 year old Core2Duo MacBookPro.

    Mac playing software can be found at http://www.hiarcs.com/mac_chess_hiarcs.htm and database software at http://www.exachess.com/. For watching many important tournaments you can go to http://livechess.chessdom.com/site/.

    Unfortunately, without a Win machine you miss out on Rybka and Fritz, Chessbase and Chess Assistant, as well as the Convekta (http://chessok.com/) series of training software such as CT-Art 4.0.

    The good news is that while these mostly Eastern European developers have ignored Mac OSX, they are starting to develop for iOS. I particularly like playing games with tChess Pro (American developer), and ICC and ChessBase also have a presence, as well as a number of other training programs.

    Hope this helps.
     
  5. karlth thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks. I've noticed, as you say, that support for iOS is good but OSX is seriously lacking.
     
  6. georgee2face macrumors member

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    However, I have used these software packages very well in Leopard and lion in a vmware XP virtual windows.

    While not as seamless as a ported application, they work fine with no problems
     
  7. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

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    Oh.. sorry, I'm not a serious chess player. Have you ever looked at gnuchess. It along with xboard and zippy might give you what you want.. Just a suggestion - like I said I don't really know that much about the world of serious chess playing.
     
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