Why tutors love Acorn Chess

Using many different tools in lessons today ? Using set up position to show positions without kings ? Acorn Chess is the answer.

Set up and play through any position

Set up any position even without kings and play through the position. Take back moves or play against the engine it all works with any position. Add to your library to reuse whenever you want.

Everything you need in one place

You can organise and manage all your instructive positions and games for lessons using the library feature in Acorn Chess. This can include mini-games, instructive position fragments and games / studies imported using PGN. Reduce the need to switch between multiple applications during a lesson.

Mini-game library built-in

Mini-games are great for teaching principles and concepts at all different levels from beginners through intermediate level. With Acorn Chess you have a library of 30+ mini-games to start with and can adapt and adjust as you need with the position editor and custom rule setup.

Digital demo board

If you are teaching chess in a classroom environment Acorn Chess is a powerful digital demo board. It's clear board display works well on a large screen. Can easily bring up and play through mini-games, instructive position fragments, endgames, tactics and puzzles.

Preparation for a lesson


Select positions to use

There is a rich library of mini-games and endgames included with Acorn Chess. They are ready to use in a lesson. If you need more then follow the next two steps.


Lessons set up

Set up one or more lessons to use with your students. Lessons can contain mini-games, instructive position fragments and games / studies. Import instructive content from other sources such as Lichess Studies using Import from PGN.

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Set up custom mini-games

To set up a custom mini-game select Board Editor from main menu. You can either set up a new mini-game from scratch or load in an existing one and edit the position and rules to meet your needs.

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Sharing over a web conference

Make sure that the web conference tool you are using is set up to 'share all windows from an application'. Zoom preferences example shown.

During a lesson

Web conference sharing

Share just the Acorn Chess application not your entire desktop. Make sure to have followed the last step above in preparation.


Select playing level

If you don't want the computer to play the moves automatically select 'No engine. Human vs Human'. Children really enjoy playing against the lower levels and beating the computer.

Keep it interactive

Ask the students which move they want to play in the position. Discuss the suggestions and make the move for them in Acorn Chess. Moves can always be taken back if they want to try an alternative. Can even ask students to use annotation feature in the web conference app to mark squares they want to move to.


Enable board annotation

Click on the board annotation icon in the toolbar to allow highlighting of squares and drawing arrows using the side panel or right mouse click. Pressing keys such as Control and Alt whilst right clicking and/or dragging allow you to have 3 different colours of highlights.

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Showing endgames

Endgame positions especially King/Pawn endgames are often decided by whose turn it is to move. You can right click on the side to move icon in the toolbar to illustrate what happens if it is the other side to move in any position.

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