Helping children learn chess through mini-games

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Mini-games

Library of instructional mini-games to learn how pieces move, board vision and strategy.

Tutor Control

Set up custom mini-games or other positions for a lesson.

Chess engine

Play regular chess or mini-games against an engine optimised for children.

Library of mini-games

Comprehensive library of 30+ chess mini-games that help children learn chess in a fun way.

Clear explanation of rules

Each mini-game provides clear instructions of what is required to win the game and which special rules apply.

Helpful guidance

If a move is made which is not allowed based on the mini-game rules a clear explanation is provided.

Engine with 6 levels

Two player mini-games can be played against one of the 6 levels of engine from beginner to expert. The lower levels play at the level of a beginner/intermediate junior player.
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What are chess mini-games ?

Learn why mini-games are ideal for children learning chess

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Tutor control

Designed for tutors running a lesson in a classroom or by sharing their screen over a web conference.

Set up custom mini-games

Intuitive position editor to set up any position and ability to configure or add mini-game rules.

Board annotation

Enable board annotation to allow drawing of arrows and circles on the board for explaining ideas.

Manage libraries of positions

Organise a library of positions that could include mini-games, endgames or custom positions.

Are you a teacher or chess coach ?

Learn how to use Acorn Chess in lessons

What makes Acorn Chess unique

Instructive position fragments

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.

Configurable mini-game rules

Adjust existing mini-games or create entirely new mini-games by defining the win conditions and other special rules that apply.

Engine optimized for children

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.

No subscription

One time charge to purchase application.

Child safe

No online interaction. Application runs locally offline.

Use offline

Does not require internet connection to run.

Universal application

Install on Windows, Mac or Linux. Works on Raspberry Pi.

Import positions

Copy and paste positions from other applications using FEN format.

Automatic updates

New releases are detected at start up and downloaded.

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