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Game Giveaway of the day — Easy Chess

Easy Chess - An advanced chess engine. It is the powerful chess simulator available on a personal computer, but easy to use! Game use Grand Master Chess engine. Features: tunable AI; Realistic visualization, 2D/3D, Shadows, Reflections etc.; 2 Players on one PC; Hint, History, Undo-Redo.
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Easy Chess - An advanced chess engine. It is the powerful chess simulator available on a personal computer, but easy to use! Game use Grand Master Chess engine.

Features:

  • Tunable AI (Manual or presets);
  • Realistic visualization, 2D/3D, Shadows, Reflections etc;
  • Many additional settings;
  • 2 Players on one PC;
  • Hint, History, Undo-Redo;
  • Soundtrack (build-in mp3 player).

System Requirements:

Windows 98/2000/XP; Pentium III 600 MHz; 64 Mb RAM; 32 Mb DirectX-compatible; DirectX 7.0 or higher

Publisher:

Xing Interactive

Homepage:

http://game.giveawayoftheday.com/easy-chess/

File Size:

2.29 MB

Price:

$4.95

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#48

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Reply   |   Comment by canlı radyo  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#47

I am a high 1100 - low 1200 chess player. I got this for my kids to learn chess thinking that "Easy" was more than just a catchy name. Waaaay to hard to call itself easy. Finally, after about 6 tries I was about to win and it crashed. It's done that about 4 times now. Deleted.

Reply   |   Comment by Vincent  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#46

The chess that comes pre-installed with Windows Vista is far better than this.

Reply   |   Comment by Excalo  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#45

Small board, not many options, generally lame.

Reply   |   Comment by Mina  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#44

Looks like a good game, Can't seem to get the "help" button to work ? or what does it do? Hint is helpful for learning

Reply   |   Comment by BOB  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#43

On my first game the application crashed :(

Reply   |   Comment by Zvi Goldner  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#42

A chess game that crashes whenever you're winning. Yup, that's really great. So great in fact that there were still 90 people giving it thumbs up. I guess they did that because they were just glad that it wasn't match 3 game.

I have yet to see a chess game on here that is really up to par. The previous one offered was made by someone who didn't understand, know or loved the game. This one has bad 3D (a hint, most chess players don't care for the show and dance of 3D) and a bad chess engine.

My recommendation : don't waste your time

Reply   |   Comment by Belgian Dude  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#41

Dern, yes, dern. I was longing to see Chess on here eventually. However, after reading the reviews and several of the negative evaulations complementing another's disappointments (such as the errors), and also since the company flatters itself deceptively (a dead give away its crap some where eventually in the game/product) I will downcastfully pass on downloading.

**I so hope other Chess games and even other *BRAIN exercise* games will be offered on here for us dorks and geeks, teehee. ;o)(Hey, some of us prefer interaction via the computer vs passively watching TV and movies. Go figure!)

*All that being said, and though late in posting, I seek Chess players' opinions. I have Chessmaster 9000 and 10th Ed. I also have Fritz. WHICH is better for the newbie??? You may email me if you like at dr.einstein at bigstring.com (put it together plz). Both are big loads but I don't know which to start for my daughter. I can only play with a comp and its not something I'd flatter even myself with, lol. Hence, I can't really be the judge if I don't play advanced enough. Thanks!

And thanks GOTD and Fly. We still appreciate the participation even if we wouldn't download the product! Cheers!

Reply   |   Comment by Jo Jo  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#40

Hi,

Thanks for providing so many free games.

Would appreciate for a user manual as I am
new to the game.

Thanks

CathL

Reply   |   Comment by cathL  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#39

Installed very easily, and runs well on XP. I am no chess champ, (more of a chess chump), but I am Having fun. What else do you want?

Reply   |   Comment by Fred  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#38

Thanks GGAOTD, for another game for us to try. But alas, I am not a chessplayer, so was hoping for some basic teaching, but this is for those who know how to play. But kudos to your team, as usual.

Reply   |   Comment by moo  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#37

I was just about to beat it & it crashed

Reply   |   Comment by Fab  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#36

Thank you for today's game offer --- my husband loves chess. The download and setup took a while = had to locate the file. Would be really great if this company provided a desk-top shortcut within its downloads. The game splays fine on my Windows XP, but since I am not a good player, I haven't won a game yet. Thanks for all the variety in games lately.

Reply   |   Comment by Kim  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#35

Oops......that should say "no thanks" on #34

Reply   |   Comment by Buckleysmom  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#34

No thi=anks on todays....I'm not into chess. Thanks

FYI Re: Magic Farm: Oleg posted another update ver 1.005. It's available in the forum. He's added new quests! YIPPEEEEEEE!

Reply   |   Comment by Buckleysmom  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#33

I downloaded and unzipped the program. There is no install as usual from this publisher. The game is OK. I played a few games to check it out. I'm not a chess master but I found the game interesting. I would give the game a thumbs up. That being said I would like if GGAOTD could move on from this publisher and give us someone else. It annoys me that Fly Games has no home page to link to. How can one check up on them? Also I think that a publisher that can't come up with an installation process and instead relys on an unzip process must be doing something wrong.That is just my thoughts.

Reply   |   Comment by gpc111  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#32

Okay, it's a pretty neat looking game, BUT....... it can't seem to solve the most basic mate in two for black problem: I.E. 1 f2-f3 , e7-e5 2 g2-g4 , d8-h4 mate.

Otherwise it's fun to play around with. :D

Reply   |   Comment by Santa Fe  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#31

Liked the billards one reminded me of virtual pool,

Chess should be good
Didn't work on vista with compatibility mode even

Reply   |   Comment by rico001  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#30

Interesting,

Loaded and plays well on my Windows XP Home SP2

Can not find vendor anyplace, It lacks very little to make it very viable for the market... Nothing really to detract from play, it seems to be fine... At least for a duffer like me.

Most welcome would have been a working help section, and access to determine what mp3 song I wanted to play, not default is No MP3...
Not much to detract from a good and nicely designed game...

Thanks for a good chess game, Would be interested to find the actual vendor, and to see if they have a web site..

Once again, great offering, I am A Happy Camper !

Bingo.

P.S. Would be happy to know if anyone can find out more...

Reply   |   Comment by Bingo  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#29

@All,

The free Indeo codec is not the latest version (#7, #12 Jason C. & #20) and not good enough for this game. Latest version is only on commercial base. So much for a free game.
Win XP / SP2 and some security settings have compatibility problems with Indeo Codec:

http://blogs.msdn.com/sanpil/archive/2004/11/17/259303.aspx

There must be more people heving this problem.

Reply   |   Comment by Funkster  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#28

#17...
place a shortcut on your desktop that leads to the application itself... voila!!!
soy

Reply   |   Comment by soyossif  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#27

#8 it doesn't say the "most" powerful. It says the powerful.

Reply   |   Comment by Kev  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#26

To Mike Studyform: If you open the easychess folder then right click on the chess application (.exe) you should get a box which allows you to send a shortcut to the desktop. Hope this helps you out.

Reply   |   Comment by Spacepixie  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#25

I downloaded the easy chess to desktop then to c/games and cant find it. I tried installing it again but it said it was installed allready. I have really looked It has escaped.

Reply   |   Comment by ema  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#24

Don't work ounder Vista :(
Only Crash -,-"

Reply   |   Comment by Pinhead  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#23

To #14 (GEMINI):
I agree with that, but I wouldn't have typed it so loudly. Most, if not all, of the games offered here are older games and not compatible with Vista. The minimum requirements don't even list Vista, yet Vista users don't read that and then they complain that the game doesn't work for them. If they would read that first, they'd save themselves a lot of headache trying to get the game to work and save the space in user comments complaining they can't get the game to work on Vista.

Oh, well. What can you do?

Reply   |   Comment by BrianZachary  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

not vista friendly but thank you anyway, i hope to see one that is Vista friendly because my husband likes chess

Reply   |   Comment by charliebird  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#21

application failed to start because ijl15.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.



Guess I'll delete this program but thanks anyway

WinXP pro sp2

Reply   |   Comment by gunter  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

@12 > Jason C.
Just what I needed (#7)
Thanks Jason, thanks a lot, I just downloaded the codec and give it a try.

Reply   |   Comment by Funkster  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#19

Nice little chess-prog, but very poor release.
Advanced player will use a better prog, this one is just for beginners. But beginners would like to have some point of support. In the left corner you'll see a menu item called "help". MCI-Error: Helpfile not available. And then: EASY CHESS - NOT FOR SALE OUTSIDE HOLLAND.
So everyone outside HOLLAND (or the whole netherlands?) has to get this game for free, not only today. Yust thinking about the sense...

Reply   |   Comment by Messi  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#18

It looked dodgy from the start to me when I looked at the front cover and they've got the pieces set up with the board the wrong way round. Nice one.

Reply   |   Comment by Tim  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#17

Thanks for this game.

There have been some really good and varied games here lately.
Now all I need is to find some time to play them.

Only Question is, however... Why is there no icon produced with the game anymore?
I always have to search and find then move the new folder onto my desktop. (There must be an easier way, but I'm not all that techy).
I've found that if I don't move the whole folder onto the desktop, the game won't run, and I get an error message. So I can't put an icon on just a 'folder' image.

Can you bring back the icons please?

Ta.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike Studyform  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#16

played it on my xp. very playable, fast chess game. thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by victor  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#15

The screenshots made me think this could be a tidy and rather powerful chess software. But alas! Forget about all that what's being said in the blurb which actually turns out to be one of the most disappointing and hypocritical games offered here since Dec. 2006.
My strong advice: DON'T DOWNLOAD THIS CRAP!!
"Advanced chess engine", "powerful chess simulator", "Grand Master Chess engine". Absolute nonsense. I've just played three matches with White and instead of "thinking", i.e. performing calculation processes, the AI opponent behaved beginner-like moving almost without any delay as if it were a match of 5 minutes ("blitz").
Easily I WOULD HAVE won all 3 matches but ... hey, Fly games, are you kidding? ... every time the game CRASHED showing a read error 1 or 2 moves before checkmate. By means of that software-sided manipulation (deus ex machina?) it's indeed quite difficult to gain a positive score against such a con opponent.

That said, the 3D graphics aren't near state of the art. Much too small (no way of resizing/zooming) and again as it had been the case with "Grand Master Chess", giveaway of August 5th 2007, using a fix angle which is totally inappropriate since you have no sufficient view onto the board, onto all the 64 squares.
If you then try the 2D view what you've got to do after all if you want to play this game at all, you will soon get problems distinguishing the chess pieces from one another because they are simply designed way too similar.
Going to preferences there's hardly any option you can edit you would like to. No different colours of pieces, squares, background, no different design of pieces or of the board. Nothing of any use.

So, if you intend to enjoy for FREE (both Fritz and Rybka are commercial programs/engines) all that what this game's developers have left aside (probably weren't able to effect) take a look at jose-chess.sourceforge.net. There you'll be delighted with a really superb chess software not only playing extremely strong but providing lots of designs and other options.
It could be everything fine with jose but unfortunately the fly in the ointment here is a bug occurring very often that the game freezes and you have to change the chess engine in order to go on (which is neither fun nor a normal gameplay anymore, of course ). On the jose website a rumour has been aroused that the project had been abandoned by the author. Total standstill.

Reply   |   Comment by Bobby Fischer  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#14

NOT EVERYONE HAS VISTA AND VISTA DOESN'T WORK WITH A LOT OF PROGRAMS, STOP COMPLAINING, IF IT DOESN'T WORK FOR YOU JUST DELETE IT AND SAY THANK GOD FOR A SITE LIKE GAOTD THAT AT LEAST GIVES YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET SOMETHING FOR FREE. CAN NEVER PLEASE THE MASSES.

Reply   |   Comment by GEMINI  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#13

Looks like an alrite game, but ppl with vista u get one with it anyway so there isnt any point downloading this game.

So if u want a chess game here u r but can we plz get some big and better games on here (also if too big give ppl more time to download since i know ppl are whinging about how they dont get enough time to download things anymore)

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

Hi everyone.

The Indeo Codec is free. You can download it from here:

http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Indeo_Codec.htm

Reply   |   Comment by Jason C  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

I've posted a slightly expande version of my post in the Games discussion forums:

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/forums/topic/2672?replies=1#post-18312

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit aka Stephen  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

A Very good little game. Plays well, and looks very nice overall. Would be a little nicer if the 3D board display was bigger though, and if was multiple styles of chess pieces to choose from... but otherwise a great little game. Thanks GGAOTD :-)

Reply   |   Comment by Andrew  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

I installed it and for some reason Vista doesn't like it.
It would not run past the intro movie, it kept giving me jpeg errors from the getgo and I couldn't get it to play - even in compatibility mode.

I think I'll pass on this one.
Still - I think it's great to have a chess game!

Keep up the great giveaways!

Reply   |   Comment by Diana  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

Why does the homepage link to this very page?

Also who ever writes up the descriptions might want to learn english, or at least get it proofread. Oh, and maybe a reality check.

"It is the *most* powerful chess simulator available on a personal computer."

Assuming that was what was meant, I find that highly unlikely given the price and the relative unknown/small publisher.

Concerning the UI, why would you waste so much screen real estate in 3D mode? Zoom in on the pieces so you can see them, and move the menues around the board (above or below seems like a good idea).

The most important information in a chess game, should be the pieces/board, not the menues, options, and whatever else they put in there.

Reply   |   Comment by No1  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

This is really not GAotD-like. You need a Indeo-codec to play and the indeo-codec is only there to buy. A free game ....??? !!! @#$%%!!

Reply   |   Comment by Funkster  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

Chess Titans in Vista is way better

Reply   |   Comment by mimrah  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#5

Installation:

The downloaded zip file weigh in at 2.29Mb and when installed is still less than 3Mb. The activation module is combined with the set up file. Unfortunately there are no desktop or start menu shortcuts installed. For those who aren’t sure how to go about creating shortcuts follow the link below to a thread in the forums that deals with this oversight.

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/forums/topic/2594?replies=1


The game

The game looks solid enough, decent graphics, though in the 3D isometric view it can be a little hard moving your pieces as you need to grab them properly to be able to make the move. The 2D view seems much more user friendly.

I’m no chess master, so really cannot judge whether the game play is good enough as it’s been over 10 years since I last played a game of chess; though from the limited amount of time I’ve played it, it seems reasonable enough. It is after all an arcade version of the game. Considering I have an electronic chess board (that I bought for my son hoping to inspire him to play the game) that when new cost well over the equivalent of $200, this is great little game.




Conclusion

It’s playable so I’ll be keeping it. I much prefer the 2D view though because it’s easier to make your moves. Perhaps the overall visual quality is too polished and lacks texture. For example the knight almost hides the pawns in front of it as everything seems to blend into the overall color scheme. You’ll see what I mean when you’ve installed it yourselves.

I can’t really score this without spending all day testing the game out so will hopefully lave that to Locket who usually posts his review later today.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit aka Stephen  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#4

Been a while since I played computer chess. I own Chessmaster...for the Apple IIGS! LOL. It's collecting dust along with the machine, somewhere. There are simulators online where you can play old apple games for free. Was a great looking app for its time. (Zany Golf also a great minigolf)

Anyhow, I will give this a try
here is a list of freeware apps you might try as well:
http://www.chesscorner.com/reviews/software.htm

Reply   |   Comment by Jonathan Westbay  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

ok - I have tried it, Installed fine but very basic board. Can not seem to alter the intelligence of the computer player. Has a link for mp3 but does not show how to make the music. 3D board hard to look at so its delete for me, thanks anyway GOATD

Reply   |   Comment by tobit  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#2

Interesting chess game. It's quite intelligent: I had to do only one more move to make checkmate, and then the program gives an error message, and leaves the program. An original way to resign! It seems to me the program is almost human: it can't stand it's loss. By the way: the graphics are difficult to play easy 3d. But it refused a pawn offer correctly, so it's not a weak program. So in a scale from 0-10 I give the program 8 points.

Reply   |   Comment by Arjan  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#1

Yahoo - a chess game - must try it

Reply   |   Comment by tobit  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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