Comparison of chess video games

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This is a comparison of chess video games.

General information[edit]

Developer First release Latest release License Platform Chess engine
1K ZX Chess David Horne 1983 n/a Commercial ZX Spectrum n/a
Battle Chess Interplay
Silicon & Synapse (C64)[1]
1988 1994 Commercial Amiga, 3DO, Acorn Archimedes, Amiga CD32, Amiga CDTV, Apple IIGS, Apple IIe, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, NES, Mac OS, PC-98, Sharp X68000, Windows 3.x N/A
Battle Chess: Game of Kings Interplay 2014-04 n/a Commercial Steam (software) n/a
Chessaria: The Tactical Adventure Pixel Wizards[2][3] 2018 n/a Commercial Steam (software), Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Chessararia AICE
Chess Titans Oberon Games 2007 n/a Commercial Windows Vista, Windows 7 n/a
Fritz (chess) Chessbase 1992 2013 Commercial Windows Vista, Windows XP, PlayStation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS, Windows 7 Deep Fritz
HIARCS Chessbase 1980 2012 Commercial Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Windows Mobile, Freescale DragonBall, ARM-based Palm OS, iPhone and iPod Touch Deep Fritz
SMIRF Reinhard Scharnagl 2009 Commercial Microsoft Windows
Junior (chess) Amir Ban and Shay Bushinsky 2003 Commercial Deep Junior
DreamChess Walter van Niftrik [4] 2015 2015 Free
glChess Robert Ancell, GNOME Team 2000 Free Unix-like
GNU Chess GNU Project 1984 2013 Free Unix-like third-party
xBoard/Winboard Tim Mann 2013 Free GPL Unix-like X11 Microsoft Windows third-party
Chessmaster Ubisoft Romania
Zonic Limited (Mac OS X)
1986 2007 Commercial MS Windows, MS-DOS, PlayStation Xbox 360 (XBLA), PSP, PS2
Shredder (chess) Stefan Meyer-Kahlen 1993 2010 Commercial Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iPhone, iPad, Android Deep Fritz
Wii Chess Nintendo 2008 n/a Commercial Nintendo Wii Loop Express
Rybka Vasik Rajlich 2010 Commercial Rybka
Lego Chess Krisalis Software [5] 1998 n/a Commercial Microsoft Windows
pouetChess Frederic MARTIN[6] 2006 n/a Free GPLv2 Microsoft Windows
pyChess PyChess Project 2006 GPL Unix-like third-party
ChessV Gregory Strong 2009 n/a GPL Microsoft Windows ChessV
Battle vs. Chess Targem Games
Zuxxez Entertainment
2011 n/a Commercial Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, Wii
Microchess Peter R. Jennings 1976 n/a Commercial KIM-1 Microchess
Pure Chess VooFoo Studios 2012 n/a Commercial PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita Pure Chess
Silver Star Chess AgeTec [7] 2008 n/a Commercial Wiiware Silver Star Chess
Power Chess Sierra Entertainment [8] 1996 1998 Commercial Microsoft Windows WChess
Chess Crusade Slam Games [9] 2008 2010 Commercial Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, iPad
Chess: Secrets
Combat Chess Mind's Eye Productions [10] 1997 Commercial Microsoft Windows
Wizard Chess
Fritz and Chesster Chessbase 2005 2010 Commercial Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac, Nintendo DS Deep Fritz
Chess Advantage Encore, Inc. 1999 2002 Commercial Microsoft Windows Chessmaster, Combat Chess, Grandmaster Chess
Virtual Chess Titus Interactive SA[11] ? 2002 Commercial Microsoft Windows 3.11, Microsoft Windows
Kasparov Chessmate The Learning Company 2003 Commercial Playstation, Microsoft Windows
Play It Chess Challenger System 3 [12] 2012 Commercial PlayStation 2
Grand Master Chess Mastertronic 2007 Commercial Microsoft Windows
Master Chess


3D Graphics/Animated pieces mode Variants (rules, pieces, boards) Multiplayer
1K ZX Chess No No
Battle Chess Yes No
Battle Chess: Game of Kings No No
Chessaria: The Tactical Adventure Yes Yes Yes
Chess Titans No No
Fritz (chess)
SMIRF Chess960, Bird Chess, Capablanca Chess, Capablanca Random Chess, Carrera Chess, Embassy Chess, Janus Chess
Junior (chess)
GNU Chess No Yes Knightmate, Capablanca and Gothic Chess, Shatranj, Courier Chess, Cylinder chess, Berolina Chess under fairymax
xBoard/Winboard No Yes Knightmate, Capablanca and Gothic Chess, Shatranj, Courier Chess, Cylinder chess, Berolina Chess under fairymax
Shredder (chess)
Wii Chess
Rybka Yes
Lego Chess No
Battle vs. Chess Yes
Pure Chess
Silver Star Chess
Power Chess
Chess Crusade
Chess: Secrets
Combat Chess
Wizard Chess
Fritz and Chesster
Chess Advantage
Virtual Chess
Kasparov Chess
Play It Chess Challenger
Grand Master Chess
Master Chess

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A Decade of Blizzard". IGN. 2001-02-01. Retrieved 2008-07-07. Commodore 64 Battle Chess, Windows Battle Chess, Amiga Battle Chess II, Amiga Lord of the Rings, and Windows Shanghai were some of our early projects. 
  2. ^ "Steam store page (Chessaria)". Steam. 
  3. ^ "Review page of Chessaria: The Tactical Adventure"". 
  4. ^ "Github page of DreamChess". 
  5. ^ "Review page of Lego Chess". 
  6. ^ "Sourceforge page of pouetChess". 
  7. ^ "Review page of Silver Star Chess". 
  8. ^ "Review page of Power Chess". 
  9. ^ "Review page of Chess Crusade". 
  10. ^ "Product page of Combat Chess". 
  11. ^ "CD cover of Virtual Chess". 
  12. ^ "Developer's website".