Lucas Chess Portable R 1.13 (chess trainer and player) Released

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Submitted by John T. Haller on March 2, 2021 - 4:38pm

A new version of Lucas Chess Portable has been released. Lucas Chess is a chess game with a chess trainer built in designed to help you beat increasingly difficult opponents with a limited number of hints. It's packaged in Format so it can easily integrate with the Platform. And it's open source and completely free.

Update automatically or install from the portable app store in the Platform.


ScreenshotThe aim is to play chess against the computer with increasing levels of difficulty and with a limited number of hints that are given by a chess tutor. Also included are thousands of training positions such as different types of endgames, tactical combinations and chess problems (mate in 2,3,4 and more). The computer uses different chess programs (so-called chess engines) of various strength. The user starts playing against the weakest engine at first. Initially the engine plays with limited strength but as the user wins more games the engine will be given more calculation time and its strength will improve. Eventually the engine will reach its maximum level of strength and if the user continues to win he will be passed to the next stronger engine and so forth.

Learn more about Lucas Chess... Installer / Format

Lucas Chess Portable is packaged in a Installer so it will automatically detect an existing installation when your drive is plugged in. It supports upgrades by installing right over an existing copy, preserving all settings. And it's in Format, so it automatically works with the Platform including the Menu and Backup Utility.


Lucas Chess Portable is available for immediate download from the Lucas Chess Portable homepage. Get it today!

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With the R release, Lucas Chess uses a new engine that is incompatible with older versions. When you upgrade to R 1.13 and later, your existing version will be copied to a LucasChessPortableLegacy directory, preserving your data and your ability to use it.

ALSO: This release drops support for Windows XP.

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Hello friends, and sorry for the annoyance..

It seems that there is a problem with this file in the Sourceforge archive. I've downloaded it three times, while getting the same NSIS Error when trying to run it, also its size looks weird (28.8 Mo), smaller than the file available in this website.

PS. The R version is not compatible with Windows XP.

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There was an upload issue earlier and I forgot to fix it. I reuploaded and it should be working now. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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