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Cute Chess for Mac.

1.3.0-beta4 - the latest versions for Apple Silicon and Intel computers.


Source: GitHub


Cute Chess by Ilari Pihlajisto and Arto Jonsson, is a free open source program under the GNU GPL 3.0 license.


Cute Chess is a set of tools for operating, testing, as well as matches and tournaments of chess engines. It is a program with great traditions, developed for more than a dozen years. It is especially popular among those who work with chess engines in a Windows environment.


Cute Chess is distinguished by the fact that, in addition to the graphical interface offered, it allows you to work via a text interface. On Macs, this text interface is of course invoked via the Terminal program.



Some screenshots.


Cute Chess on Apple Silicon-based Mac.


Cute Chess on Intel-based Mac.


It offers an attractive and...


...highly customizable graphical interface.


Looks great in Dark Mode...


...which is available on Macs.


Four tournament games at the same time :)


An example of using a text-based interface; a match between two chess engines.


Many computer chess aficionados, including myself, hope that the Developers will soon release the final version of Cute Chess 1.3.0. When that happens, I will certainly consider taking this program into my reviewing workshop.


Ready-to-go versions of Cute Chess 1.3.0-beta4 for Linux and Windows have been released.


Unfortunately, I could not find a Mac version. And this was the reason that I prepared this program in two versions, for:

  • Apple Silicon-based Macs, for the latest Macs using M1, M1 Pro, M2 cpu's, etc.

  • Intel-based Macs, for modern Macs (Intel cpu's supporting avx2 instructions).


Mac Apple Silicon – Compiled by Darius