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Chess Wizard

Editors' Review

by   / November 09, 2011

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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Editors' Review

by   / November 09, 2011

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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Full Specifications

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 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 1.91MB
File Name chess_wizard_setup.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 14,066
Downloads Last Week 6

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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