📅 December 29, 2016
The classic, time-tested game of pure skill called chess is available for Linux, and it is called…Chess.
Chess games are plentiful on many different platforms, and this is one version that is available for Linux. It features a GUI, simple pieces, and simple play mechanics.
Available for free from the repository, use Synaptic or Software to install it.
The GUI is well organized and contains a number of features. For example, you can save and load a game in order to continue at a later date. As you play, moves are recorded. The navigation buttons allow you to step through moves so you can redo mistakes and make your opponent redo as well. This is useful for experimenting with different strategies.
By default, the game pits you, the human player, against a computerized opponent named HoiChess, but two players can compete against each other as well. Preferences allow further customization, such as the Black side on the bottom, difficulty level, clock type (Simple, Fischer, or Bronstein), and Move Formats (located under the Appearance tab).
Not certain about how challenging the game might be for professional Chess players, but overall, this version of Chess is well made and worth giving a try.