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What is the best chess software for a Mac

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  • #16
    Classic Environment not supported

    I'm struggling to have Screamer Chess or Vanessa Chess run on Lion (10.7.3). I was able to unarchive the .sit files but the applications are saying they are not available because the classic environment is no longer available. I don't know what that means... I bought ChessMaster 9000 for my computer and that is no longer support because it is a PowerPC program... Sigh.

    Anyone having similar troubles?


    • #17
      Unfortunately, I have no experience with either Mac or those chess programs; as I mentioned above, I do have Shredder for Linux (would be the same on Mac) and I’m 100% happy with it.

      Maybe a Mac user will chime in, here.

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      • #18
        Be aware, Sigma Chess will not run on Mac OS Lion. A pity since paired with Hiarcs this was a MONSTER chess program! see Sigma Chess - Macintosh Chess Software
        for details.


        • #19
          This is an update.
          Sigma Chess is totally free and runs up to OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard).
          The HIARCS programmer has taken over the project.
          Eventually Sigma will run on Lion (OS 10.7).
          Sigma Chess HIARCS & Junior for Apple Mac
          The bundle of HIARCS and Junior for Mac.

          The following is a statement from Sigma Chess:
          "Sigma Chess does unfortunately not run on the new Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion).

          As of Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), support for legacy PowerPC applications such as Sigma Chess has been discontinued.

          Sigma Chess is such a legacy PowerPC application using the Carbon APIs, and the built-in engine is written mainly in PowerPC assembler. Therefore producing an Intel version (and switching to the Cocoa APIs) will more or less require a complete rewrite. Chess programming is just a hobby, and my spare time is limited, so I alas won't have time to move away from the legacy PowerPC/Carbon platform.

          Mark Uniacke, author of Hiarcs, is currently working on bringing a native Chess GUI to Mac OS X. This should be ready before the end of 2011. Mark has made a page on his website here, where you can check the progress of this new GUI.

          I am also considering releasing Sigma to the open source community at some point".
          End of Statement.

          Older Apple OS had a feature called ROSETTA would run software. Including Sigma CHess.
          Some of the programs that will not run on OS Lion:
          Some features of Microsoft Office for Macintosh.
          Quicken for Macintosh
          See Is Quicken for Mac Compatible with Mac OS 10.7 Lion? - Quicken Support
          Quicken 2007 will work. Older versions no.
          Digital Cameras= Check with the manufacturer.

          Other Chess Programs for OS Lion:
          GUIs for Lion:
          jose Home Page
          ChessX | Free Chess Database

          I would advise testing any of the above products. They are free.
          I am guessing that Jose may be a problem.

          ChessMaster 9000 will NOT RUN on OS Lion.
          There is no information on the Feral website about an upgrade.

          There is a Chess Program with LION. Non-chess players it appears have tried to delete it.
          It will not delete.
          See How To Delete Chess And Other Default Apps In Mac OS X Lion - YouTube
          Tells how to delete with OS LION. (Especially the Chess Product).
          Last edited by Malbase; 06-05-2012, 05:24 PM.


          • #20
            While it isn't ChessBase for Macintosh, the new Chess Openings Wizard 2016 now has a Macintosh version.
            Mike Leahy
   - chess openings software


            • #21
              Chess Database Software for Macintosh

              Originally posted by skippy View Post
              I am getting a MacBook Pro. I like the idea of no spyware etc or not having to buy an anti virus program. I now am enjoying an iPad and want a computer that is a Mac. Are there some good chess games for the MacBook?


              Would like to have your input.

              Hey Skippy,

              I just finished Chess Openings Wizard for Macintosh which works as chess database software (PGN files) but it mostly used for studying openings, endgames and tactics. It will work great on your MacBook.

              Chess Openings Wizard
              Mike Leahy
     - chess openings software