Dedicated to chess on Mac

Information for Chess players, Chess programmers and Apple users

Updated on : 04/01/2022
Version 1.58
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MacChess info If you are an end-user, you will find information on this site about available programs and which do apply to you. Please go the end-users section.

If you are here for the first time, want to do something specific, like learning chess, go to the specials page.

If you are looking for independent information about Elo ranking for different engines, or if you are looking for the best engine available, some information can be found in the tournaments section.

HOT NEWS in 2022!! Belofte 2.1.5 has been released under GNU GPL v2.0. Still more improvements and playing level. Git repository access here . Full documentation here .

If you are a developer, you will find advanced information on how to compile, port, install and use the different chess applications available for the Mac. Please go to the developers section.

You will find other chess related software that runs on the Mac. These include chess databases, tournament managers, study-aids, Elo calculators and the lot. Please have a look at the specials page.

Call for help

I am looking looking for Apple M1 owners so I can publish a Belofte M1 compatible version.

There are different sub-platforms on the Mac. There is Mac OS 7, 8, 9 and then Mac OS X with or without classic. While the older platforms are of use for the users who did not upgrade there machines recently, this site is mostly oriented towards Mac OS X. The users of the older platforms are not left alone though and their programmes are also listed.

Enjoy this independent site.

Returning visitors

Returning visitors will want to check the History table to verify what was added to this site since their last visit.

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People looking for Schaak, Echecs, Schach, Шахматьі and Ajedrez may also arrive on this page. Unfortunately, there is no translation for them and they will have to read the English pages. (Some may have figured it out, this has been added to increase the ranking in the search engines :-) )