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somnambulist 14 ( +1 | -1 )
Chess Software recommendations Can anyone recommend a free chess program that I can download, suitable for a beginner to practice on (ie multiple levels of difficulty, instruction, etc.)?

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olympio 5 ( +1 | -1 )
goto KChess Elite isn't too bad. You can get it off It's good for a beginner.
calmrolfe 35 ( +1 | -1 )
go to

This brings you the free download of Rebel Decade 3.0, which plays at 2300 ELO to 2500 ELO and is dirt easy to use, graphics are good.

Also, ChessBase Lite includes a free Fritz 4 program, which is useful for analysis.

Have fun

brucehum 31 ( +1 | -1 )
Chess assistant Or download a demo of Chess assistant (competition for Chessbase) at:

It uses Crafty and Chess Dragon.

This last link includes demos of other Convekta software. I, for one, prefer Convekta to Chessbase, but...
baseline 23 ( +1 | -1 )
Scid Scid: a free chess pgn database application from

is very nice and has many of the features found on commerical programs.