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    what's a good freeware chess engine for kids?

    i want to download a freeware chess program that'll run in windows.

    it's to give to kids (all weak beginners) who don't have chess software of their own at home.

    suggestions?
    thanks.

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    WinBoard and Crafty are free but not particularly easy to use. However this might be more of an obstacle for a senior, rather than a junior.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frogmogdog
    i want to download a freeware chess program that'll run in windows.

    it's to give to kids (all weak beginners) who don't have chess software of their own at home.

    suggestions?
    thanks.
    A fairly basic program that would probably suit weak beginners is GNU Chess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denis_Jessop
    A fairly basic program that would probably suit weak beginners is GNU Chess.

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    I can say from experience that, on a decent computer, GNU Chess is far from "weak beginners" level! But you can dumb it down by reducing the time per move. You can get it at http://www.tim-mann.org/chess.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by frogmogdog
    i want to download a freeware chess program that'll run in windows.

    it's to give to kids (all weak beginners) who don't have chess software of their own at home.

    suggestions?
    thanks.
    I dont know if it free to like let everyone use, but when you first come into ChessKit - > where it says "Home" "PlayChess" "Training" "Software" "Trivia" "Miscell" and them other ones. In the "Training" one right down the bottom there is "Sparring Partner An online chess engine written by Lex of Lokasoft for Chess Kit" but underneath it it says "© 2004 Chess Kit. All rights reserved."

    Maybe you can ask Lex of Lokasoft or someone here if you can use it. I copied it onto my computer to use when I wasnt dialed up.. all of it copied except for the bottom bit and the board just went to light blue dark blue but it works. I didnt use it much casue it always seem to make the same moves and win , prob cause I always started the same. But I cant work out how I copied it to my computer but I did cause its there [C:\MyDocuments\MyReceivedFiles\jchess - 49KB Compressed Folder - 15/09/2004 8:16 PM] - maybe I just saved it or something, I forget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frogmogdog
    i want to download a freeware chess program that'll run in windows.

    it's to give to kids (all weak beginners) who don't have chess software of their own at home.

    suggestions?
    thanks.
    I believe there is an old version of Fritz (5.32??) available for free download on the web somewhere. Trouble is, I'm having trouble locating the URL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pax
    I believe there is an old version of Fritz (5.32??) available for free download on the web somewhere. Trouble is, I'm having trouble locating the URL!
    Isn't it available along with the Chessbase Light program, or am I mistaken?

    Chessbase Light - Download

    says it "supports" Fritz 5.
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    thanks for all the advice.

    i ended up with a 5MB winboard download that included GNU. not perfect for beginners but at least they can't make illegal moves.

    i doubt if chessbase light could include fritz (chessbase heavy doesn't). be good if it did though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frosty
    Isn't it available along with the Chessbase Light program, or am I mistaken?

    Chessbase Light - Download

    says it "supports" Fritz 5.
    But it doesn't include Fritz - or at least it didn't when I downloaded it some months ago.

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    Found it!

    Here:
    http://www.pcgo.de/aktuell/ausgabe0103/fritz.zip

    This is Fritz 5.32, now freeware I believe, but with no opening book.

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    You can download a compact opening book here:
    http://members.aon.at/computerschach/5moves.zip

    Just download to Fritz directory and press F11 in Fritz.

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    winboard + chessmaster

    Once you have winboard you can use any one of many free engines,
    including some aussie ones:

    trace
    awesome (mine)
    lambchop(nz)
    kanguruh etc.

    I bought chessmaster for $5

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    Quote Originally Posted by FM_Bill
    Once you have winboard you can use any one of many free engines,
    including some aussie ones:

    trace
    awesome (mine)
    lambchop(nz)
    kanguruh etc.

    I bought chessmaster for $5
    Most of the strongest engines these days are UCI. e.g Fruit, Toga, Rybka. Toga II is the best free engine (roughly equal to Fritz 9 and Shredder 9). Rybka is about 30 Euros, and is better than anything commercial or free at the moment.

    You can use them with the free GUI program Arena: http://www.playwitharena.com/

    Edit:
    Wow, you can now get the beta version of Rybka for free:
    http://www.rybkachess.com/

    This is very strong (beats Fritz, Shredder, Junior etc), and not a lot different to the full version.
    Last edited by pax; 02-03-2006 at 05:26 PM.

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    chess engines

    I am doing some testing of engines. I suggest that you download Chessbase Light. Then download the free version of Ribka and the latest version of Crafty.

    Also look for the latest free versions of Junior, Fritz and Shredder. Using the chessbase interface it is relatively easy to weaken the computers play. JUst give it a very fast time contol and the human a long one.

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    They don't need a bloody engine, just give them a bag of Ritlin.

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