While Steam has made a lot of progress in including current video games in Ubuntu and GNU / Linux, the truth is that the classics always reign supreme and in Ubuntu they are no exception. One of the games that was first included in Ubuntu was a chess game that was powered by GNU Chess, a very powerful chess engine that allowed us to play a game of chess as if we were great chess champions.
The engine is free and completely free, it is also in the Ubuntu repositories so we can play with it or install it in a few clicks without having to pay anything for it and to be able to play a game of chess against our computer.
But before installing this engine, we must first go to the Dash and in Applications search for the application Gnome Desktop Chess. This application is a graphical interface that will allow us to not only use any chess engine but also play in a graphical way and even be able to work with other chess engines.
Other graphical environments that offer other options and are also available in Ubuntu repositories, but their configuration is a bit more complicated. Now, if you like the settings, the best option is XBoard.
Once we have installed the graphical interface we need to install the chess engine. To do this in this case we will open the terminal and write:
sudo apt-get install gnuchess gnuchess-book
If we really want to have more than one engine, then we recommend the Crafty option, An interesting and free engine too. To install Crafty, we opened the terminal and typed
sudo apt-get install crafty
Finally, there is the possibility of being able to play an online game, in which case we have to resort to Zippy, a program necessary to connect to the chess servers. The problem with this new feature is that it is only valid in XBoard and not in Chess, so if we have installed the first option, we can not play online with Zippy. Now it’s just a matter of sitting down and moving piece Does anyone want to play a game of chess?