One of the most impressive pieces of free chess software now has an experimental binary version of Linux.
Lucas Chess is a free, long-standing chess training and playing program suitable for absolute beginners, grandmasters, and anyone between the two extremes. The program has 61 engines prepared to play from the start and with very different levels, from 0 to 3300 elo.
Lucas Chess is simple and easy to understand for beginners. It includes a bunch of training tools, and the UI is straightforward, even if you’re unfamiliar with the more complicated functions of chess engines.
Lucas Monge, the game’s leading developer, announced that Lucas Chess now has an experimental version available for testing for Linux users.
So, we just downloaded it and can confirm that it works flawlessly on the latest Ubuntu 21.04 and Arch Linux.
It still needs to be added to the official downloads section, but Lucas posted a link to the Linux version on his blog.
How to Play Lucas Chess on Linux
Download the file (LucasChessR119_120.tar.xz / 249MB) from Google Drive. Then, extract the downloaded archive to a directory of your choice:
tar xvf LucasChessR119_120.tar.xz
And finally, run the executable:
For people using lower screen resolution (720p), if, upon launch, the initial program window appears too big for the screen and is not resizable, press F11 to go into fullscreen mode. If you press F11 again, you will have resized the program window to fit your screen perfectly.
Tried to run it on Raspberry Pi OS using Box86. Sadly, no soap. Got the following error:
bash: ./LucasChessR/bin/LucasR: cannot execute binary file: Exec format error
Permissions are good. Can’t find an obvious fix. Oh well.
Hi! What about the WINE version?
This chess program does not run under Wine Staging 2.21.
There is too much chess on Linux. Can we have checkers ?
Checkers is a girl sport.
The file LucasChessR119_120.tar.xz is no longer on Google Drive at https://drive.google.com/file/d/13armVyDwNPRBa6cd6DDFYwu-Ch-dmjJN/view?usp=sharing and I can’t find it anywhere on the Internet. I need it.