Library of instructional mini-games to learn how pieces move, board vision and strategy.
Set up custom mini-games or other positions for a lesson.
Play regular chess or mini-games against an engine optimised for children.
Comprehensive library of 30+ chess mini-games that help children learn chess in a fun way.
Learn why mini-games are ideal for children learning chess
Designed for tutors running a lesson in a classroom or by sharing their screen over a web conference.
Learn how to use Acorn Chess in lessons
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I am a satisfied customer of Acorn chess. It is a great learning tool for newer scholastic players. The wide array of mini-games allows kids to drill micro skills and develop their chess games at their own pace.
I find Acorn Chess to be extremely useful when teaching both one-to-one and group sessions. Of particular use are the mini-games, which tie in perfectly with the Chess in Schools and Communities curriculum.
Acorn chess has unique features that make it great for teaching beginners. With mini-games that teach more than just how pieces move, to a multi-level bot that avoids the tutor having to make deliberate mistakes, it is ideal for lessons.
Acorn Chess is a very well thought out selection of mini-games that are invaluable for chess coaches. The site has clearly been designed by chess coaches, for chess coaches. Highly recommended.
Most chess applications only allow legal chess positions that include 2 kings. Acorn Chess lets you set up and play through any instructive position fragments even without kings.
Adjust existing mini-games or create entirely new mini-games by defining the win conditions and other special rules that apply.
The engine for Acorn Chess has been built and tuned to play chess at a similar level to a child beginner and make typical mistakes that children would make.
One time charge to purchase application.
No online interaction. Application runs locally offline.
Does not require internet connection to run.
Install on Windows, Mac or Linux. Works on Raspberry Pi.
Use PGN import to import positions and games from other applications.
New releases are detected at start up and downloaded.
Download a 5 day free trial version