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This free Firefox plug-in brings the world of Grandmaster chess matches to your PC. Installing ChessGames places a small knight on your Firefox status bar. Using a variety of single mouse clicks you can replay many well-known chess matches or open chat windows to communicate with other chess fans.
Right-clicking the icon opens a list of Grandmasters. You merely pick a name and Firefox opens a Web site dialog that contains matches played by that Grandmaster. Click on a match and watch it replayed using standard chess notation and basic board and piece graphics. You can easily control playback speed, pause, or reverse play. Left-clicking the Firefox icon opens a search box to locate matches played by lesser-known Grandmasters. However, you can search only by name, not date. Middle-button clicking opens a simple chat box and chess menu. During testing we found few people online looking to play.
ChessGames takes few resources, and while decidedly low-tech, easily recreates watching the play of many famous chess matches. A submenu of matches by date or a listing of important matches would have been a helpful addition. Nevertheless, true chess fans will appreciate the quick access to the matches of their favorite Grandmasters.
Search and replay chess games. This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.
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This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.