Mac OS X (universal) (intel/PPC)
Since Mac OS X for Intel, a new universal environment was
introduced. The classic environment is no longer
supported. This page lists the programs that are running on
the computers running on these systems. Users of older Apple
computers can also use the
Aqua programs. This should not be
required because if your system runs universal, there is an almost
100% compatibility with aqua programs. Users of newer Apple
computers or with the newest version of the system can use the
macOS programs in which the support
for PowerPC was dropped.
The system is called universal because a single application can
be bundled with 4 different architectures. Power PC 32 bit, PPC 64
bit, intel x86-32 and intel x86-64, all in one program.
- 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
- 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
- Sigma chess
lite. Amateur strength. Supports replacable
engines. Very nice application. See the review
for more information.
- 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
- 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.
- 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 server.
- Chess Deluxe 2.0.2. Chess game. Allows to play over a
dedicated chess server.
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.
Please refer to the downloads page
for more information where to find the programs listed above.