Chess originated in India and pretty soon it became popular all over the world. The small board game pushes your brain harder than any other board game. It can be played anywhere, anytime and does not require any special equipment. All you need is a chess board and pieces to play with. Then you can spend many fun hours grappling with the attacks and counter-attacks.
There are numerous chess books that have been written by masters of chess. There are chess academies and championships. But before you start dreaming about playing at chess events, you can try your hand at chess on your PC with the help of an open-source chess program called Chess AI.
It is developed by Sebestian Lague and he has generously made the source-code available for everyone. The program works on Windows, macOS and Linux. The program is certainly smaller and faster than the one Microsoft is offering from their apps store.
As soon as launched Chess AI goes full-screen and there is no way to play it in the windowed mode. It is pity not being able to play in windowed mode, because so many people like to play chess alongside their regular working apps – one move here and there at a time.
The AI seems to be brutal (for my Chess skills) and it is not easy to beat. I lost the chess match against the AI within 2 minutes. I would have won if there was an undo-move option. You can play as black or white but there is a fun AI vs AI mode too. When the game is over, you can export the moves to LiChess website where you can interact with other Chess players online.
The developer says that he is improving the program and it is a very welcome news. Personally, I would love to see an “undo move” option, different color schemes to be selected for the chess board and possible moves indicators.
You can download Chess AI from https://sebastian.itch.io/chess-ai.