Mac OS X (aqua/native)
Following software is designed for and runs on Mac OS X after the
introduction of the aqua interface. Normally, your machine should
be a PowerPC machine or an early intel machine.
If you have installed the classic environment you can also run the
chess programs contained
in the Mac OS X classic list.
If you are an owner of a newer Mac Intel,
please consult the following list.
This list only contains a selected set of applications.
The complete list of applications is contained in
the overview section.
If you think that an application needs to be mentioned in this
list, please inform me.
Please refer to the downloads page
for more information where to find them.
- Chessmaster 9000. A commercial application. Very well
designed and adapted to Mac OS X. Very strong and very rich
featureset. If you are addicted to chess, definitely a must have
program. (see review) No longer available
- Sigma chess
pro. A commercial (15€) chess
application. Integrated games collections. Master strength.
Very nice application. Supports changing engines. Integrates with
the top notch Hiarcs engine, with Fruit, with Gothmog and
Glaurung. (see review)
- Sigma chess
lite. Amateur strength. Supports replacable
engines. Very nice application.
- ExaChess Lite. A free chess application with demo
database functions. Allows support for external chess engines.
Amateur strength but upgradable through the use of additional free
- ExaChess Pro. A commercial (€ 100) application with
integrated database functions. Same as the lite version but with
bigger database and opening books.
- Kasparov Chessmate. A commercial (€ 45) but only
800x600 based application with the Ruffian 2.0 chess engine.
Believed to be among the strongest available at the moment.
Poor graphics and disturbing music.
- Apple chess Included in Mac OS X.
The included Sjeng engine has a GNU License. The OpenGL based
front end is covered by the much less restrictive Apple Sample
Code License. Source code can be downloaded.
- Big Bang Chess. Freeware and visually the nicest chess
application. Does not play chess very well but is a very good game
for people that want to learn and enjoy chess.
- Vector 3. Commercial (€ 20) chess application.
- Jose chess database.
Has an interface towards MySQL. Also supports XBoard and UCI
protocol compatible engines. Packaged with Crafty, other engines
can be added manually. Please refer to its review
for more information.
- Jin 2.12. Allows to play a game over the internet using
a FICS server.
2.12. Allows to play a game over the internet using a FICS
- Chess Deluxe 2.0.2. Chess game. Allows to play over a
dedicated chess server.
- Terminal Mac OS X chess applications, must of them also run under UCI or XBoard: Ruffian, Crafty, GNUChess, Sjeng, ZZZZZZ, ...
PS: Developers might be interested to visit the Mac OS X - X11 section. This section contains additional software that can be installed on Mac OS X but still requires some advanced configuration.