CNET Editors' review
Pawn is a basic chess game designed for beginners. It's nothing fancy, but that's exactly the point; it lets users hone their chess skills in a simple, easy-to-navigate environment.
The interface is clean, with a wood grain chess board and traditional, easy-to-recognize chess pieces. Gameplay is as easy as dragging and dropping the pieces into the appropriate spots. The program helpfully outlines the opponent's last move in yellow so that novice players can keep up with the action. The built-in Help file adequately explains the program's features, but does not provide any information on how chess is played; true beginners will need to look elsewhere to find the rules. While many chess games allow users to fuss around with different styles of boards and pieces, Pawn sticks to the basics, with a few extra features throw in specifically for beginners. Users can move the action backward and forward to analyze their and their opponent's strategy. The computer's error level can also be adjusted so that the game's difficulty is gradually increased as the player improves. We haven't played chess in years and appreciated being able to set the program to an enjoyably challenging level; we didn't win, but we were evenly matched against the computer.
Pawn is free with no limitations. The program comes as a ZIP file and does install a desktop icon without asking, but it uninstalls cleanly. We recommend this program for beginning and intermediate chess players, or anyone looking for a functional, no-frills chess game.
From Thomas Starke:
Pawn is a freeware chess program with an easy to use interface especially for beginners and intermediate players. Playing strength reaches up to club level but can be adjusted in several options. A special beginner's mode lets the program make mistakes. The window is resizable.
What's new in this version: Version 4.01 adds option for showing the intro message.
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All versions:3.9 stars
out of 9 votes
Current version:2.5 stars
out of 2 votes
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Version: Pawn 4.01
Never got to try.
I downloaded "Pawn" today and infected my pc with the "start.sweetbacks.com" fake search engine virus. Ugh. Unusual for CNET and may have nothing to do with the application itself but there it is. Very stubborn to remove.
"it plays chess but never fools around"
Version: Pawn 4.01
Tiny, fast, no install, clear graphics; plays better than I do. I had older black and white versions. This color one is a single view, no frills at all chess opponent. It is precisely what I wanted, just a small program to practice chess with; no options, no "new" rules, no bells or whistles or anything but chess.
Some users may simply be used to more features in a program, so don't use it then. Otherwise there are no cons.
Brilliant, compact, complete basic chess game; did I mention brilliant?
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