Chess engines

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Chess engines are programs who figure out good chess moves. They are made to be used by chess interfaces such as XBoard, but can also be used stand-alone in console-mode.

There are four good alternatives available which can all be used as a back-end for chess games like knights and XBoard:

  • GNU Chess
  • Crafty
  • Phalanx
  • Stockfish

Most distributions will only have one or two of these, most likely just GNU Chess and Stockfish.