Have you ever played Chess online before? There’s various websites that let you do this, which I’ve outlined in this article here, but none of them have the amazing customization, features, and graphical pleasures that a downloadable chess game has. Not only that, websites require internet! Chess games downloaded on your computer or laptop can be played anywhere, anytime.
Here are my recommendations for the best chess games for PC!
The Fritz 15 Chess Playing Software Program is the newest edition in the Fritz Chess games that come with spectacular visuals. You will become addicted to playing chess in their glossy and stunning environments. With simulated chess boards, rooms, chess clocks, and more, it’s as if you’re sitting in a virtual chess world. This game includes the Deep Fritz 15 Multi-Processor Chess Engine, which is an incredibly advanced system that most grandmasters won’t even stand a chance against. You can even activate this engine to allow it to battle itself; watching a complex machine perform chess algorithms that are (quite literally) inhuman. You can customize your board with dozens of 3D and 2D chess boards, play against impressive AI models, and feel confident with 5 different sets of chessmen.
This game will also offer real-time analysis of your games, explanation of moves and openings, consistent coaching at all levels, tactics, and end games. This game doesn’t just tailor to beginners or professionals, it tailors to all chess players.
As a bonus, this game will also include a 6 month Premium Membership to playchess.com, a popular chess website. This can be useful if you want to continue your chess endeavors on the go!
Rating: 10/10. This game/software is an all-in-one package that doesn’t leave anything out. The chess engine alone that computes complex games is worth the buy, but everything else included makes this the number one chess game on the market.
Price: $59.95 USD (ON SALE NOW!!!). Buy and download on Amazon now!
Check VS Mate [Download] is an epic and thrilling game that gives new life and meaning to the game of chess. Chess has been around for centuries, but it has always been restricted to the conventional board. This game takes you out of that board and immerses you into a real battle – while still maintaining all the fundamentals of chess. You’re still playing a game of chess, but it’s much more exciting than a board game now. With the epic animations, graphics, and concepts, it’s impossible to become bored while playing this game. There are multiple different environments and chessmen to choose from, so the scenic value of the game will never become stale. All of the moves and pieces remaining are tracked on the sides of the screen which are wonderful conventional features.
One amazing feature that will have you more excited than ever while playing is that after a move is made, the camera zooms into the action to let you fully observe the awesomeness that is occurring.
This game uses the Fritz 11 Chess Engine, meaning that the computer will not be easy competition. Play against the computer or with a friend locally as you battle and conquer through this adventurous chess game!
Rating: 9/10. This game is perfect for people that think chess is “boring”. Chess enthusiasts can never get bored with the game of chess because of all its wonders and possibilities, but those that haven’t been exposed to this amazing potential yet can use this game to get them started. Its complex chess engine and intuitive features are perfect for chess players of all ratings and ages.
Price: $19.99 USD. Buy and download on Amazon now!
Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition is the best game for the die hard chess fans. This game is published by Ubisoft, one of the most notorious video game making companies of all time. The game has so many features that it’s hard to list them all, but I’ll give it my best go.
- HUGE Database of chess games that help contribute to top tier analysis
- Commentaries on sections such as attacking by GM Larry Christiansen
- Tutorials that come from the book ‘The Art of Learning’ by Josh Waitzkin
- For new players, a course completely dedicated to the basics of chess, taught by IM Josh Waitzkin
- Amazing and beautiful graphics that appeal to all eyes
- Josh Waitzkin (a large contribute to this game) is the maker of the film Searching for Bobby Fischer
- Strategic camera angles to let you view the battle field from all 3D angles
- Potential attacking moves (hints/tips)
- Coach mode, which gives you real time analysis and feedback
- Slick and simple GUI
- Supports online play and friends lists to guarantee community interaction
- Chess clock functionalities
- Perfect for all skill levels and ages
Rating: 9.5/10. This game is a perfect introduction to chess and will help any experienced chess player refine their skills. The analysis if games that it includes from many professional players will help you follow in their footsteps.
Price: $74.95 USD. Buy and download on Amazon now!
These are going to be the best chess games for PC that you can find. Chess games aren’t made that often anymore, but the ones that exist have had a lot of work put into them and that’s not something to be ignored! If you’re in need of a nice, enjoyable downloadable chess game, then pick up your game today!