ChessGenius is a world championship winning chess program for the Palm Computing® Platform. Superb playing
strength and packed with features for beginners and experts. It runs on all Palm devices including all Centro, LifeDrive,
TX, Z22, Tungsten, Zire, Treo, Tapwave and Sony Clie devices.
Version 2.3 with new features including Bluetooth play and display of opening name.. This is a free update for all
registered users. Install over the previous version. No need to enter License Key again.
Try before you buy! Download ChessGenius 2.3 and try it out for free.
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Please buy to unlock the full features. You will receive a License Key that will unlock the full features of the download.
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Features of ChessGenius for Palm
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If you have a PayPal account please buy ChessGenius with PayPal. Enter the HotSync User ID of your device then click the
PayPal button. ChessGenius costs U.S. $9.95 including VAT/Tax. Your License Key key will be sent by email immediately.
Note: To locate your HotSync User ID, do the following on your Palm OS handheld:
1. From the main Applications screen, locate and tap on the HotSync icon.
2. Note the name at the upper right - that is your HotSync User ID. It is case and punctuation sensitive.
New features of ChessGenius 2.3
- Free updates
Buy ChessGenius once and all future updates will be free.
- Incredibly strong play
Excellent play even on the 'instant' level
- Forty playing levels (standard engine)
Ten easy levels. ChessGenius makes deliberate mistakes
Ten time based levels. Instant, 1 sec, 2 sec, 3 sec, 5 sec, ... 3 mins
Ten Blitz levels. Whole game in 1 min, 2 min, 3 min, 5 min, .... 120 min. The Chess Clocks count down in these levels. You
lose if you run out of time
Ten Problem solving levels. Solve newspaper checkmate in x moves problems
- Thirty additional playing levels (ARM engine)
OS5 Palm devices support the ARM native engine. This has 30
playing levels. Ten Easy, ten time based levels and ten Blitz levels.
- Game information
The last moves of the game
Chess Clocks. Total White and Black time and move time
Main line. For example, the line may show:
"1.03 05 cxd4 Nxd4 Nc6 Bb5" This means that:
ChessGenius is winning by 1.03 pawns. Search depth = 5, and line of moves. ChessGenius is planning cxd4 and expects Nxd4
in reply etc
- Set-up position
Any legal position can be entered
- Take back and Step forward
Take back moves to start of game and Step forward to end of game. Easy take back
and step forward with the 5-way Navigator/ Jog dial / scroll up/down buttons
Let ChessGenius suggest your move
Play against ChessGenius, against another player or watch ChessGenius play itself
- Analyze game
Like 2 player mode but ChessGenius calculates continuously and shows its thinking. Useful for
replaying games to see where mistakes have been made or for playing over an imported PGN Master game.
- Infrared play option
Play against another player who has ChessGenius installed on a Palm device using the infrared port
- Rules of Chess
Understands all the rules of Chess including, en-passant, under promotion, castling, draw by repetition and the 50 move
- Save and Load games
Games can be saved and loaded as (PGN compatible) memo's. Games can be transferred
between Palm and Desktop PC. For details see the FAQ page
- Permanent brain option
ChessGenius assumes that the human player will play the hint move and calculates its
reply whilst waiting. It will play stronger.
- Tutor option
ChessGenius will warn if a blunder / weak move is played and give the option of take
- Three board views
Choose between three chessboard sizes
- High-Resolution Support
ChessGenius supports high resolution on Sony Clie's and on all Palm OS5 devices. It also supports the Handera 330
- Show legal moves option
If this option is enabled tapping a piece will show all the squares the piece can
move to. If the piece has no moves all pieces that can move are indicated.
The word 'Championship' is displayed on the small board view if you have not used Hint, Taken
back moves or viewed the Main line. Can you beat ChessGenius without help?
- Board coordinates option
Coordinates can optionally be displayed on the chessboard.
New features of ChessGenius 2.2
- Opening Name displayed.
For example. Book B12 Caro-Kann defence. Requires OS5 and above
- Bluetooth play.
You can play against another player who has ChessGenius installed on a Bluetooth enabled Palm device
- Next best move option.
After ChessGenius has played a move "Next best" will force ChessGenius to take back
its last move and compute the next best move. This is useful for forcing ChessGenius to play a particular opening and for
- Improved graphics.
New piece set
New features of ChessGenius 2.0
- New full screen display for all 320x480 models from Palm, Sony and Tapwave in landscape and portrait mode.
Play on a big chessboard and see full game information!
- Buttons for commonly used game functions.
- Show last move option.
Display of the last move made can now be disabled
- Now easier to play a game with the black pieces.
- ARM native chess engine
OS5 devices can optionally use the new engine which supports hash tables. On a Palm Tungsten T3 with 400Mhz Intel XScale
processor it runs 20 times faster than previous versions. It is around 400 ELO stronger. The original world champion
engine is also included for full compatibility with older Palm devices.
Note: OS5 or higher is required to run the ARM engine.)
- Ability to switch between engines. (OS5 only)
- Auto-off time can be adjusted.
- Setup position allows castling rights to be set.
- Option to view position count and positions searched per second
Actual Screen Shots
rated by ZDNet
ChessGenius 1.0 was one of just five finalists in the 'Palm OS: Games catagory' in the '2000 ZDNet PDA
rated by Tucows
"If you're looking for the strongest handheld chess program available, buy ChessGenius." Chris Kantack's LCD Chess
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Comments by users:
I downloaded the new version and to my surprise I have seen that it now knows my pet opening Modern Benoni much deeper than
the previous version. And all this without paying any extra penny. Purchase of the ChessGenius license has been my best
spent money ever! Thanks.
One of the very best Palm chess programs, and my personal favorite. Now the strongest Palm chess program for those with a
Zire or Tungsten and PalmOS 5.0, thanks to the ARM engine option.
"And man oh man... 25,165 positions/sec. That's nuts for a Palm unit! Love it, love it, love it."
"Chess has never been this much fun... Educational, occasionally exciting and useful. Every feature you've ever wanted from
a chess game is here... plays a very strong game." (Palmtop User magazine issue
"Your Palm chess program is quite incredible. A really good example of how to get a ship into a bottle! I can see that all
of my future train and 747 journeys will be much brighter."
"This is one of the tightest programmed applications I’ve used, in terms of making the interface well-integrated with
the purpose. Awesome!"
"This is not by a long shot the first chess program I used, but it is the most impressive. It is small enough to download
quickly and takes up little space and whips me at chess consistently. It is humbling to have something I can hold in my
hand be smarter than me."
"The only feature I need now is a higher IQ."
"Site after site has heaped praise on this program, and with good reason – it is the only alternative for the serious
player who wants to play chess with his/her Palm device."See the full review
"I just wanted to say that I am a registered user of ChessGenius for the Palm, and I love this product. Rarely do
developers succeed in creating powerful applications that are both simple in their execution and elegant in their
interface. The full board view is beautiful!"
"Chess Genius has a good pedigree. It plays very well too, even on the faster levels. It impresses hugely, with a range of
features that would fit well on a commercial desktop game."
(PalmUser magazine issue 3)