Chess Software That Mac Uses

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Jan 22, 2015 What would you folks recommend for the best software packages for Mac - free and also paid? I've heard there are some nice programs designed for the Mac. I'm interested in various things with decent GUIs, including things such as engines to analyze games and positions, playing games against the computer, learning, etc. Make sure keyboard dictation is on in Dictation preferences. In the Chess app on your Mac, choose Chess Preferences, then select Allow Player to Speak Moves. When you see the feedback window (it shows a microphone icon with a fluctuating loudness indicator), press the shortcut key (the key you specified in Dictation preferences), then speak a command.

Your Mac is full of neat tricks. You probably will never know all of the cool things it can do.Ah, the question posed by the (ultimately) defiant HAL 9000 computer in the classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey. It turns out that your Mac can play a mean game of chess too, without, as HAL did, turning on its human masters.

The Mac’s Chess program, located in the Applications folder, lets you compete against the computer or a human partner. You can open Chess and compete within the Game Center environment.

What’s more, by choosing Chess → Preferences, you can change the board style and pieces, from the wooden board to grass, marble, or metal. You can also drag a slider inside Chess Preferences to make the computer play faster or stronger.

Just like HAL, your Mac can speak as it makes its moves — in about two dozen voices, no less, from Deranged (probably appropriate for HAL) to Hysterical. Then again, you can speak back, so long as Allow Player to Speak Moves is selected in Chess Preferences. Try it out for size by saying something like “Pawn e2 to e4 to move the white king’s pawn.”

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Use Chess on your Mac to play a match online, against your computer, or even against yourself.

Play a game

In the Chess app on your Mac, do any of the following:

  • Challenge your Mac or a person to a game: Choose Game > New.

    Tip: When you start a new game, move the pointer over the items in the Variant and Players pop-up menus to get information about them.

  • Play a match online: Sign in to Game Center, choose Game > New, click the Players pop-up menu, then choose Game Center Match.

  • Get hints: Choose Moves > Show Hint. An arrow points to where you should move the piece. If the level of difficulty is set to Faster, hints aren’t available.

  • Take back a move: Choose Moves > Take Back Move for each move you want to undo.

  • See moves: Choose Moves > Show Last Move; an arrow points from the piece’s originating square to its new square. To see all the moves made during a game, choose Moves > Game Log.

Customize a game

In the Chess app on your Mac, do any of the following:

  • Set the level of difficulty: Choose Chess > Preferences, then drag the slider toward Faster or Stronger to decrease or increase the difficulty or speed (not available when you’re playing another person).

  • Change the look of a game: Choose Chess > Preferences, then choose a style for the board and pieces.

  • Change the viewing angle of the board: Click and hold any corner of the board, then adjust the viewing angle using your mouse or trackpad.

  • Hear moves spoken: Choose Chess > Preferences, select the checkboxes for the moves you want to hear, then choose the voices.

Use spoken commands

Make sure keyboard dictation is on in Dictation preferences.

  1. In the Chess app on your Mac, choose Chess > Preferences, then select Allow Player to Speak Moves.

  2. When you see the feedback window (it shows a microphone icon with a fluctuating loudness indicator), press the shortcut key (the key you specified in Dictation preferences), then speak a command.

    Try not to hesitate while speaking.

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You can use spoken commands for the following actions:

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Action

Spoken command example

Move a piece

“Pawn e2 to e4”

Capture a piece

“Pawn e5 takes f6”

Drop a piece

“Drop bishop at g4” (only for crazyhouse games)

Promote a pawn

“Pawn e7 to e8 promoting to queen”

Castle

“Castle kingside” or “Castle queenside”

Take back a move

“Take back move”

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