I can't play chess very well, and want a computer game to play against. I've tried two so far - Chessbase (Fritz 5.32) and Crafty Chess. Both had the same problem that even on the lowest difficulty setting, the computer trashed me.
I'm running Windows XP. Here are my criteria:
- 100% Free (no nagware)
- Lightweight: loads quickly, small filesize (say under 15 Mb)
- Not system intensive. I don't need or want a 3d board.
- Multiple difficulty levels, the lowest one being comparable to someone who's just been told what the legal moves are, and the highest one being... good. Good enough that I won't have to switch to a more advanced program for a while.
If it could have a nice clean interface without clutter everywhere, like the current move list and advanced AI options and what not - which might be great for advanced players but I have no need for - that would be nice.
If you know of a program like this for other operating systems, go ahead and post them for future readers... but I'm on XP.