Lucas Chess – chess program to train, play and compete

Lucas Chess is a graphical user interface to play chess, and to play against chess engines.

But it’s a lot more than that. It offers comprehensive chess learning tools for engine assisted training. It contains a wide selection of useful learning methods, chess tools, and chess engines to help improve chess players whatever their ability and experience.┬áThe pre-configured engine opponents range in strength from novice to grandmaster strength.

Many of the featured playing and learning modes have a competitive component that helps you improve your game.

For windows users, compiling the source is not necessary, as the developer provides executables.

Features include:

  • Attractive interface.
  • Highly configurable.
  • Large choice of internal chess engines: Acqua, Alaric, Amyan, Andscacs, Arminius, Bikjump, Cdrill, Cheng, Chispa, Cinnamon, Clarabit, Critter, Cyrano, Daydreamer, Delfi, Demolito, Discocheck, Fruit, Garbochess, Gaviota, Gaia, Glaurung, Greko, Gull, Goedel, Hamsters, Hannibal, Houdini, Irina, Komodo, Lime, Mcbrain, Monarch, Paladin, Pawny, Rhetoric, Roce, Rocinante, Rodent, RodentII, Rybka, Simplex, Spike, Stockfish, Tarrasch ToyEngine, Texel, Toga deepTogaNPS, Ufim, Umko, Wildcat, and Zappa.
  • Add other UCI engines.
  • Special engines for young players: Monkey, Donkey, Bull, Wolf, Lion, Rat, Snake, and Steven.
  • Train:
    • Training positions.
    • Play like a grandmaster.
    • Training mates.
    • Find best move.
    • Resistance Test.
    • Your daily test.
    • Learn tactics by repetition.
    • Learn openings by repetitiom.
    • Training with a book.
    • Long-term training:
      • Training on a map.
      • Transsiberian Railway.
      • Expeditions to the Everest.
      • Turn on the light.
      • The Washing Machine
    • Resources for zebras:
      • Check your memory on a chessboard
      • Find all moves
      • Becoming a knight tamer
      • Moves between two positions
      • Determine your calculating power:
    • Learn a game.
    • The board at a glance.
  • Analyze games.
  • Save games in PGN and FEN formats.
  • Internationalization support – translated into Arabic, Azeri, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

Support: Blog, FAQ, GitHub code repository
Developer: Lucas Monk
License: GNU GPL v2 or later

Lucas Chess

While the software purports to run under Linux, installation for that operating system is extremely difficult.

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