I wanted to play a game of chess with an old friend, but there is no chess set at hand? Use the Chess app on your Mac. Few people know, but in the Utilities folder on macOS there are not only various useful tools that make working with a computer easier, but also a Chess game. You can play with a friend or with the computer itself and even watch the computer play with itself. We will tell you more about this wonderful application in this article.
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You may argue that they did not install any “Chess” on your Mac. That’s right, you did not install, Apple did it for you. The game is located in the Applications folder. Launch Chess and click on “The consignment” → “New” to start the game. The application will appeal to both true grandmasters and beginner chess players, because it allows you to choose the level of difficulty of the game.
To play online, log in to Game Center, select “The consignment” → “New “click popup menu “Players” and select Game Center Match.
If you feel insecure in chess, do not worry, the computer may give you tips. Press “Moves” → Show prompt, after which an arrow will appear indicating the field where it is proposed to move the figure. This feature is perfect for those who are just learning to play. Keep in mind that if you have chosen a difficulty level “Faster”, then the tips will not be available to you.
A nice bonus is the ability to make moves using voice commands. Just say out loud which figure to move and where, and the Mac will do it yourself. With the help of voice commands, you can not only move pieces, but also take them, turn them into others (for example, a pawn into a queen) and make castling.
Importantly, the move made can be undone. Unlike a game in real life, where you can’t get things done, there is nothing irreparable in the Chess for macOS. Just select “Moves” → “Cancel move” for every move you want to cancel. You can also cancel a move using the appropriate voice command.
If voice commands do not work, make sure that enhanced dictation is activated on your Mac (from the Apple menu, select System Preferencesclick “Keyboard” and select “Dictation”) Turn on the dictation, go to “Chess” → “Settings” and activate the option “Allow user to voice moves”. When the dictation window appears, press the voice command recognition key that you specified when activating the advanced dictation and say the command. You need to speak confidently without pausing.
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You can also make the computer itself voice the moves. To do this, go to “Chess” → “Settings” and check the boxes next to the moves you want to hear. Moreover, you can choose a voice to voice moves to your liking.
You don’t need to record your moves, the application will do it for you. All moves are automatically recorded, and at any time you can view them. To do this, select the command “Moves” → Party Magazine. You can also check your previous move (“Moves” → Show last move, and an arrow will appear near the figure, indicating the field from which it was moved).
As mentioned above, the application allows you to choose the level of difficulty of the game. Go to “Chess” → “Settings” and you will see two values - “Faster” and “It’s better”. Move the slider to the desired side to change the speed or complexity of the chess game.
Variety of the game is given by various styles of design of the board and figures. If you are tired of playing with the same set, use another! To do this, go to “Chess” → “Settings” and choose your favorite style of board and shapes.
Do not think that in a game a chessboard with figures located on it will only be visible to you from above. You can view it from different angles, which adds a sense of realism to the game. Just press and hold any corner of the board and use the mouse or trackpad to change the viewing angle.