If youive been wanting to learn how to play Chess on your Mac, Mac OS X already comes with a very good Chess program, as noted by an article posted at Apple UK on Sunday. GNU Chess is in the Applications folder and can be set, in the preferences, to play a stronger or weaker game depending on your skill level.
For those who want to meet other human Chess players on the Internet and test their skills, there is Big Bang Chess. Itis part of the games suite included with new MacBooks, iMacs, and Mac mini computers. One can even use iChatAV to find an opponent.
Many who get hooked on Chess start to follow international tournaments in which computer Chess programs play against one another. There is also the occasional match when supercomputers are pitted humans of world-class grand master caliber. In December 2006, a Mac Pro, running the Chess program DeepShredder, placed second at the 16th International Paderborn Computer Chess Championship in Germany. The winning computer, running the “Rybka” software used twice the number of cores as the Mac Pro to achieve its number one spot.
Here are some resources for those interested in computer Chess on the Mac:
GNU Chess in Mac OS X
This article was updated by the author for clarity.