posted on Mar, 23 2012 @ 10:24 AM
As for chess programs, there are several options:
- Buy a complete commercial game.
Rybka is propably the best and strongest chess engine out there. You can buy it with the Fritz 12 GUI and get a really great program.
You can also buy one of the Fritz games. Fritz 13 and DeepFritz 12 ("Deep" versions are meant for multicore CPUs, they take advantage of the
multiple CPUs to not only reduce wait time but also to give more power to the artificial intelligence) are the newest version. They are really good
and have tutorials, helps, manuals for people who aren't russian chess experts
A good alternative for beginners (though it's more meant for kids, but i guess any beginner can learn from it) is "Learn to Play Chess with Fritz &
Chesster: Chess Complete 3-Pack" it contains all 3 Fritz & Chesster games and it's not expensive.
The Fritz games can be easily purchased at Amazon or any other shop that sells games.
- A Freeware solution. NagaSkaki
is supposed to be really good. But i haven't tried it.
- Third thing would be a combination of a pure chess engine with a graphical board. Some of the engines are freeware.
is one of the best, Version 2 is commercial, while 1.5 is freeware.
Another good one is Alaric
As said, you need a graphical board to play. Try XBoard/Winboard
I hope that helps