Play Chess On Your Mac (#1409)

Play Chess On Your Mac (#1409)


Hi, this is Gary with MacMost.com. Did you know that a chess game comes with
your Mac and it has for a long time. You can find it in the Applications folder,
it’s right there, or just launch it with Spotlight by using Command space and typing chess. It’s a pretty versatile app. It asks you to sign in with iCloud, I’ll tell
you why later, but for now you can just cancel and skip that. So, you can start a new game and there are
several different modes in this chess game. You can do different variations on chess and
you can also play human versus human. So you don’t need a chess board with you. If you’ve got your MacBook with you, you can
play with the person sitting next you. You can also do human versus computer and
reverse the situation there. You can even have a computer versus computer
game where they play each other. Now, once you start you can set the number
of seconds that the computer thinks per move. The more time you give the computer to think
the tougher it’s going to be. So you start. Now you just move the pieces as normal. Just drag and drop. Then the computer will make its move and even
call it out for you. So you’ve got this little microphone here
and you can even show the moves there so you can see all the different moves. There are a whole bunch of other options as
well. So, for instance, you can go into Chess Preferences
here and you can set the board to be something different like a metallic board. You can even change it during the game and
the pieces as well. Lots of fun options there. You can turn off the speaking moves right
there. Even change the voice that the moves are spoken
in. You can change the intelligence of the computer
right in the middle of the game if you wish. You can even speak your own moves and it will
understand you. You don’t even have to click anything or hold
a key down. It’s always listening. I’m going to create a pause hear so it starts
listening and speak a move. Pawn E2 to E4. Pawn C7 to C6. There is a bunch of other options as well. For instance you can take back the last move. You can have it show a Hint. You can have it reshow the last move if you
missed it. Check this out. You can save a game. So in the middle of a game you can save it
and then open that game later on to resume it. So you can have multiple games going at the
same time or pause to continue the game another day. Now I mentioned that you can also do multi
player and that’s what that iCloud sign in was before. If I do New and I choose Game Center Match
there, then I hit Start and it allows me to connect with people I’m connected to using
Game Center. If you’re not familiar with Game Center it
is a whole other subject. But it is a nice thing to be able to do. The one last thing I want to show you is that
notice that this is a 3D view of a chess board. So you can click and hold any corner of the
board and then drag to change the view. You can rotate it all the way around and you
can kind of drag it up and down just to get a slightly different view of the board if
you want.

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