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Chess Wizard for Windows

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Key Details of Chess Wizard

  • Play, study, edit, and publish chess games.
  • Last updated on 10/11/2013
  • There have been 9 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)


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Editors' Review

Download.com staff

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.

What's new in version 1.06

Version 1.06 upgraded Chess Engine to Stockfish 2.2.2

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Full Specifications

GENERAL
Release
February 15, 2012
Latest update
October 11, 2013
Version
1.06
OPERATING SYSTEMS
Platform
Windows
Operating System
Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows Server, Windows 98, Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements
None
POPULARITY
Total Downloads
14,273
Downloads Last Week
6

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Developer's Description

Play, study, edit, and publish chess games.
A free, powerful chess software to play, study, edit, and publish games. Strong UCI engines supported, for game playing and analysis. Hundreds of chess puzzles inside, improving your math skills. Huge online database, including thousands of games, millions of positions and billions of endgames. PGN and FEN supported, easy to edit and publish games. Chess960 available.