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Net Chess

Net Chess

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   With Net Chess you can play chess with friends and family on the same computer, via email or online over the Internet or local network. You can choose between different computer opponents (chess robots), skill levels and utilize various chess engines (Mustang chess engine by Alexey Korneychuk is included). And it does not matter if you are a beginner, intermediate or professional player. With Net Chess you can learn, practice and master your chess playing skills.

   Over the years, Net Chess has gained popularity among the computer chess fans and respect from the experts. The main reason for this is its simplicity, which is important with complicated things like the game of chess. You can quickly setup and initiate the game session, whether online or offline, with computer or human opponent. Moreover, you can play several chess games simultaneously, for example, one online against the human opponent and one offline against the computer. Computer chess fans will surely appreciate the fact that Net Chess supports all WinBoard compatible chess engines - there are several ten of those with different skill levels and most of them are free.


Net Chess screen shot
   Net Chess is very "option rich" and contains a number of great chess features. It provides time control (conventional chess clock, incremental clock and special modes) and ability to limit chess engine decision making time without limiting yours. The game supports click-and-drag or click-and-click move options, board rotation and interactive move list. You can copy and paste the game with the help of clipboard, you can save it (with your comments, if necessary) in PGN/FEN format. It means that you can play via e-mail with other chess fans all over the world who have chess software that supports these formats - your opponents don't have to buy Net Chess and your don't have to buy software they use for playing chess.
   Other convenient options are animation of the match, highlighting last move, IP address detection, several boards to choose from, different sound and color schemes, customizable cursors, and so on.

Free Download Net Chess

Version 6.02 - September 2007 - netchess.exe (1036 Kb)

Don't know how to download and install? Read How to Download, Unzip Files and Install tutorial.

Register Net Chess

   You can play and evaluate this game free of charge over a trial period of 10 days. After that period this game is available to play only 10 minutes each session. If you want to use this software freely a registration fee of $14.95 is required. When you register, you will receive your personal registration code by email, no further files need to be downloaded. Register your copy by secure online credit card transaction, phone, fax or mail.
   If you don't know what type of license you need see How to Select the License Type. Please note NetIntellGames Internet Player Zone support is not included in the current version of Net Chess.

Comments For Our Registered Users

   If you registered a previous 5 version of Net Chess please note that it is fully compatible with new one. It means you may play network games between these programs. You may use the both versions the same time if you need previous version and install new one into the default directory (ie directory which setup offers). To start the program after setup completed push the Start button, point to Programs, point to Net Chess 6, and then click Net Chess. When you do not need the old version just uninstall it. Please don't confuse, new version is defined as Net Chess 6.


   Thanks to our beta testers and all who give us an excellent ideas how to improve Net Chess, especially Michael Silling, Alexey Korneychuk, Nate Robinson, Eduardo Morelli, and others.

Chess Engines

   Net Chess works only with WinBoard-compatible chess engines.
   WinBoard by Tim Mann is a graphical user interface for chess. It displays a chessboard on the screen, accepts moves made with the mouse, and loads and saves game files in standard chess notation. WinBoard serves as a front-end for different services, including chess engines that run on your PC.
   WinBoard-compatible chess engines are Win32 command line programs that you can run by hand in an command prompt box and type human-readable commands to. We recommend you to use the following chess engines with Net Chess.


   Want to learn game strategies and rules? Check out these books! Bookmark us, so you can remember where you saw that Chess book! These books are shipped from Amazon.

  • cover The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess (2nd Edition) by Patrick Wolff.
    Patrick Wolff, the current U.S. Chess Champion and International Grandmaster, teaches readers quick and easy strategies for learning chess basics. From essential information on openings and basic endgames to tips on reading your rival's moves, readers will be armed and ready to take on their next...
  • cover Understanding Chess Move by Move by John Nunn.
    John Nunn is a grandmaster from England. He has won four individual gold medals and three team silver medals at chess Olympiads. In the Chess World Cup of 1988/9, he finished sixth overall, ahead of several former World Champions. He is arguably the most highly acclaimed chess writer in the...
  • cover Simple Checkmates by A. J. Gillam.
    Recommended by chess coaches the world over, this classic guide to learning--and winning--chess presents a wide range of specific chess positions and asks the reader to find the next move or series of moves that lead to checkmate. Designed for novice players, Simple Checkmates features two diagrams...
  • cover Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess by Bobby Fischer.
    This is an excellent book for those of us who aren't masters but just want to get a little better at our favorite game. The book concentrates on back-rank mates using pins and sacrifices (if you don't understand that this book will explain it very easily, better than I ever could). It's easy to...
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