Arasan

Arasan 18.3

Intelligent free chess game

I've never been a big fan of chess - mainly because I'm useless at it - but this is one chess game that doesn't ruin things by trying to be too flashy or original. View full description

PROS

  • High level of AI
  • Simple to use
  • Allows you to play against internet opponents

CONS

  • Computer can repeat moves too much
  • Not very attractive design
  • No different board skins

Very good
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I've never been a big fan of chess - mainly because I'm useless at it - but this is one chess game that doesn't ruin things by trying to be too flashy or original.

Arasan is an excellent but simple option for those who don't want to pay for a highly intelligent and feature packed commercial chess game.

What impresses, for a free chess game of it's nature, is the fact the Artificial Intelligence of the computer opponent which is remarkably good.

It seems to be able to change itself according to your ability and of course, is always that one bit better. In which case, you might want to play against a friend which you can do online.

You can save games in PGN format which means that you can review your greatest victories or look at where you went wrong. Arasan has both a native Windows user interface and a console-based chess engine for use with Winboard or xboard.

Arasan also works with Arena, which is another free chess interface, and with UCI-compatible programs like Shredder. However, those that have used the program over long periods of time have reported on forums that it does tend to repeat moves and positions after a while although this latest release has sought to address this.

Here's a chess simulator with a clear and simple interface that lets you personalize certain aspects such as the appearance of the chess pieces, the colors of the board and various other elements.

Arasan

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Arasan 18.3

— User reviews — about Arasan

  • vambo.drule

    by vambo.drule

    "Great chess engine, but its reviewers are grammatically challenged."

    Never, ever use "it's" as a possessive pronoun. Because that automatically reduces your credibility to... More.

    reviewed on February 24, 2013