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Video tutorial and screenshots

  • Main window
  • Main window
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  • Main window
  • The "Game" Menu
  • Main Window
  • Other Preferences
  • Board Colors Settings
  • Appearance Options

Editorial review


Margie Smeer Senior editor

The following review written by one of the Software Informer contributors applies to version 15.2
There are plenty of chess simulators on the market, but only few of them are truly challenging. Arasan is one of these few chess simulators.

Though its main characteristic is the fact that it can pose a real challenge even to experienced players, it is also easy-to-use and suitable for beginners as well.
The difficulty level is set by default to its highest value, but you can change this setting by going to the “Options” menu, then to “Preferences” and set the “Playing Strength” to a lower value. This makes the difficulty level of Arasan easier.

I also like its simplistic yet handy customization options. It allows you to change the board colors, the shape of the pieces or even the board size. Arasan also helps practice and improve one’s skills, being suitable for the use as a teaching tool, especially since it includes an opening "book" with over 250,000 moves.

Last but not least, this really nice tool is provided for free. As you can see, there’s no reason not to give it a try, regardless if you are an avid chess player or just a beginner.


  • Can be really challenging.
  • Comes with board customization options.
  • It is free.


  • Sometimes it fails to launch the offline help file (on Windows 7).
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What's new in version 18.0

May include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

Publisher's description

Arasan is a chess program for Windows, Linux and Mac OS. It has both a native user interface (for Windows only) and a console-based chess engine for use with Winboard or xboard. Arasan also works with Arena, another free chess interface, and with UCI-compatible programs like Fritz and Chessbase. The game includes an opening "book" with over 500,000 moves.
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