Classic chess game with modern graphics and ambiance
- Category Checkers & Chess
- Program license Trial version
- Version 2013.17
- Size 71.96 MB
- Works under: Windows 8.1 / Windows 2003 / Windows 10 / Windows XP / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista
- Program available in English
- Program by filip-hoefer
Chess 2013 is a neat and comprehensive computer chess game. The modern layout makes the game easy to follow, while the detailed features ensure that even the most discerning Grand Master could find little to complain about.
Chess is a popular tactical game in which two players face off, trying to out-think the other by manoeuvring their pieces around the board in an effort to capture enemy pieces without losing too many of their own. There are eight pawns, two castles (or rooks), two knights, two bishops and a king and queen in each colour. The pawns move forward and attack sideways, being the only pieces to have a different attack to their usual movement. Castles move as many places as is needed, straight forward or backwards or to either side. Bishops move on a diagonal, as many spaces as needed, while knights move in an L-shape. Queens can move in a straight line in any direction, as many spaces as required, while the king can only move one space at a time, but again, in any direction, as desired. The ultimate aim of play is to surround or isolate the king and put him into checkmate: a position from which he cannot move to safety. Should both players end up unable to checkmate the opposite king, this is known as a stalemate, the equivalent of a tie. Usually one player will concede the game by tipping their king onto his side.
Chess 2013 offers a clean, uncluttered board that is easy for the players to follow. Move animations and highlights make it easier for players to follow the last move and see the options available for the next move, while an evaluation panel monitors the value of each play. Moves that benefit the white player are noted as positives while those that benefit the black player are negatives, enabling both players to see at a glance which side is winning. The game progress is noted in standard chess notation and a quick click of the mouse can return play to any point in the game. The undo button can also be used if a player quickly changes his or her mind after making a move. There is a choice of style as regards the background, pieces and the board. Players can play one another or the computer.
- Comprehensive chess game
- Evaluation panel to keep an eye on the scores
- Game progress is recorded
- Highlights and animations make it easier to monitor options and movements
- Free version only allows two hours of play with basic features
- Layout is clean, but unexciting