Free Chess


Single-player chess game

Free Chess by Pardoblabs is a turn-based strategy game where you can compete against the game’s artificially intelligent system. While your opponent is controlled by AI, you get to dictate the game’s difficulty level. The objective of the game is to perform a checkmate on your opponent using the standard rules of chess. This means each player will get sixteen chess pieces consisting of a king, rook, queen, pawn, knight, bishop. Once you place your opponent’s king in a check, you are declared the winner. 

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Operating System SupportWindows 7, Windows 10, Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows Vista
Current LanguageEnglish
Available LanguagesEnglish, Catalan, Basque, Spanish
DateMonday, May 11th 2020
DeveloperJorge Pardo Serrano
Developer URL


Free Chess is a single-player, strategy game that follows the laws of chess. This includes the initial setup of chess wherein a square board is divided into an eight-by-eight board. This makes 64 squares of alternating light and dark colors. You will see that the right-most corner will always be white. On top of the board are the 32 chess pieces. This gives each player 16 pieces each, namely:

1 King 

1 Queen 

2 Rooks

2 Bishops

2 Knights 

8 Pawns. 

You will be controlling the white pieces, allowing you to make the first move. As the game progresses, you must move your pieces even if the move is detrimental. This is because the rules of chess states that players are not allowed to skip a turn. Each kind of chess piece has its own method of movement. Generally, a piece moves to a vacant square – black or white – except when the goal is to capture an opponent’s piece. Capturing or taking a piece is when you replace a piece on its square. 

Pawns are the first pieces you will move. They can move to a square directly in front of it if it is vacant. It can also move diagonally but only when you’re capturing the opponent’s piece. The bishop and the queen can move any number of vacant squares horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. Your king can also move the same way but only one square per turn. Rooks can also move any number of squares but only horizontally and vertically. The knight differs from all the pieces as it can jump towards the nearest square.

System Requirements 

Pardobalbs designed this game with three-dimensional graphics. This allows you to see the chess the same way you would in real life. The game is also fitted with a free and open-source chess engine called Stockfish. It uses up to 512 threads in a central processing unit. This allows it to implement an advanced alpha-beta search and use bitboards in your multiprocessor system. To play Free Chess by Pardolabs, you will need a computer running a Windows operating system. This is limited to the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. 

Chess game for all user-levels 

Free Chess by Pardolabs is a suitable game for traditional chess fans. The game follows the laws of chess to a tee. With that, you will need to familiarize yourself with the movements and functions of the different pieces. Free chess serves as a digital platform for chess enthusiasts and expert players. The game is not as dynamic as playing with a real person, but its AI can challenge you through various difficulty levels.

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