So I’m looking for a good computer chess game. In terms of skill level I’m a moderately bright amateur with no formal studying who doesn’t have the level of commitment it would take to it to the next level. I don’t care if the program can beat a grand master, and I’m not specifically trying to improve my game, I just want something I can goof around with and give my brain a little work out.
To that end I am most interested in the middle game, and like the idea of throwing together a reasonably matched random board position and fighting my way from there. So I’m looking for a chess program that would have the following functionality in order of importance (most to least)
- Allow me to set up the board any way I want and play it from there. (15 knights and a king against 15 bishops and a king)
- enough different skill levels that I can find one that is approximately my level of play
- Allow the computer to play itself (ideally with the ability to pause the action)
- After the action is paused allow me to take over as one of the players.
- be moderately priced