j2chess
j2chess
3.2

4.3

j2chess free download for Mac

j2chess

3.2
24 December 2011

Chess program written in Java.

Overview

j2chess is a chess program written in Java. Consequently j2chess can run on any platform where a Java Virtual Machine is installed (version 1.4.x or later recommended).

j2chess includes an opening book of 15,000 games and can play games in three different modes; casual, blitz and blitz Fisher. j2chess can read ".pgn" library files and therefore can be used as a ".pgn" browser as well.

As a matter of fact, j2chess is a pure hobby project and its development progress is fairly slow! But who minds? ;-) I just hope I'll give you the opportunity to have fun playing chess. You can also help me to improve j2chess by sending me your feedback via email. j2chess is a freeware but if you enjoy it you can always say "Thank you" by making a donation.

What's new in j2chess

Version 3.2:
  • New Features: cosmetic changes (new icons)
  • Bug Fix: Game info preference: default names for new games bug fix
  • Geek Stuff: j2chess has been maven-ised :)

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3 j2chess Reviews

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thebrix
25 May 2005

Most helpful

I use SigmaChess with HIARCS 9.6 - the strongest and most feature-laden Mac Chess engine by a mile - yet I like j2chess! Why? Mainly because it is dead simple. All that you need to play chess, and to replay games in PGN files, is there and no more. The actual mechanics of selecting or (re)playing a game is very slick; there is one window, with an optional move list, and mouse or full keyboard operation. The playing program, crucially, is not too strong. I am a 2000 player and I would guess its strength at 1700-1800 on my PowerBook G4 1.33GHz; it is no fun being crushed by HIARCS although, in fairness, its engine strength can be turned down. j2chess also offers the playing options which people actually use (choice of opening books; N seconds per move; N minutes per game; Fischer clock), again showing how thoughtfully the program has been designed. The only slight demerit is the slowness of Java on first running the game. However, when everything is cached the speed of operation is acceptable.
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Version 2.1
Sanjinko
21 November 2016
Latest version is 3.6.1 (dated 1 Jan 2016), and supports OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
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Version 3.2
SickTeddyBear
23 April 2010
The version on the developer's site is now up to 3.1.
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Version 2.9
thebrix
25 May 2005
I use SigmaChess with HIARCS 9.6 - the strongest and most feature-laden Mac Chess engine by a mile - yet I like j2chess! Why? Mainly because it is dead simple. All that you need to play chess, and to replay games in PGN files, is there and no more. The actual mechanics of selecting or (re)playing a game is very slick; there is one window, with an optional move list, and mouse or full keyboard operation. The playing program, crucially, is not too strong. I am a 2000 player and I would guess its strength at 1700-1800 on my PowerBook G4 1.33GHz; it is no fun being crushed by HIARCS although, in fairness, its engine strength can be turned down. j2chess also offers the playing options which people actually use (choice of opening books; N seconds per move; N minutes per game; Fischer clock), again showing how thoughtfully the program has been designed. The only slight demerit is the slowness of Java on first running the game. However, when everything is cached the speed of operation is acceptable.
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Version 2.1
Free

4.3

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 64
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
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