Chess Wizard

Chess Wizard

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.0
out of 1 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.06
  • Total Downloads:
    10,516
  • Date Added:
    February 15, 2012
  • File Size:
    1.91MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    32
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7

Editors' Review

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We've never been very good at chess, but that doesn't mean we can't recognize a good chess game when we see it, and Chess Wizard definitely fits that description. Although the game's graphics are nothing to get excited about, serious chess players will love its huge variety of features.

The game's interface is plain, with menus and a toolbar across the top and a one-dimensional chessboard. Chess Wizard has 10 levels of difficulty, ranging from "peabrain" to "overwhelming," and you can select from a variety of handicaps. We set our level at "novice"--we do sort of know what we're doing--and the game began. The computer made short work of us, but novice level didn't seem unreasonably difficult for someone who knows chess a little better than we do. Chess fans who like to share their games can publish them with Chess Wizard, at least theoretically; the program crashed when we tried to publish ours.

Chess Wizard has tons of features, and there's plenty of online documentation to go with them, but we did feel like many aspects of Chess Wizard are inaccessible to people who aren't very familiar with chess, and with electronic versions of chess in particular. Much of the documentation is written on the assumption that you already know a lot about the topic at hand. The FAQs will tell you, for example, how the program parses openings, but not what parsing openings actually means. Still, for the serious chess geek, Chess Wizard is a great choice.

Chess Wizard installs a desktop icon without asking but uninstalls cleanly.

 
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2 stars

"The lower levels are far too strong for beginners."

August 18, 2013  |  By dccxxvii

 |  Version: Chess Wizard 1.06

Pros

Good interface with lots of apparent options.

Cons

It's 'Peabrain' level can sometimes beat Fritz (older version) at strong club player level. None of the Earlier levels seem noticeably different.

Doesn't have the features of other freeware available.

Summary

Novices will find it too strong and strong players will want more features.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.06
Version 1.06 upgraded Chess Engine to Stockfish 2.2.2
General
Publisher Shanghai Xianqu Info-Tech
Publisher web site http://www.chess-wizard.com/
Release Date February 12, 2012
Date Added February 15, 2012
Version 1.06
Category
Category Games
Subcategory Board Games
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Me, Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows 98
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.91MB
File Name chess_wizard_setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 10,516
Downloads Last Week 32
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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