ChessGenius Classic for Desktop PC's

System Requirements: Which devices will ChessGenius Classic run on?

It runs on all PC's with Windows 98, NT, ME, 2000 and XP. It runs on 32 bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7. It will not run on any 64 bit versions of Windows.

Please explain in detail how to install ChessGenius.

1) Download the file "ChessGenius_PC.exe" to your desktop computer.
2) Run "ChessGenius_PC.exe" on your desktop computer.
3) You will now be able to run the unregistered ChessGenius on your computer. To unlock the full features you must Buy/Register ChessGenius. You will then be sent a License Key by email which you enter into ChessGenius on your desktop computer.

How much do program updates cost?

Updates are free for registered users.

I have bought ChessGenius Classic, what happens if I upgrade or replace PC. Will I need a new License? Is there a charge?

The License Key system is designed to prevent wholesale copying of the program, not to make life difficult for owners.
Most times a new License Key will not be required.
If you do need a new or updated License Key - for any reason - we are always happy to send them to any registered user. There is no charge for this.

I bought ChessGenius more than 24 hours ago and have not received my License Key. What should I do?

Send an email to The most common reason for delay is that we are unable to contact you due to a miss-spelling or typing error in the email address that was quoted on your order.

How do I castle with ChessGenius?

To castle move your king two squares to the right or left. If castling is legal Chess Genius will accept the move and move your rook.
Castling is legal if the king and rook have not moved before in the game, the king is not in check and the squares that the king moves through are not attacked. For a better explanation and an excellent tutorial see

ChessGenius made an illegal pawn capture

This is probably an en passant capture. To find out more see the next question.

How can I find out about the rules of chess?

For an excellent tutorial see the learn section at

How can I transfer a game between different Chess playing programs?

ChessGenius reads and writes standard PGN files. These can be read by almost all chess programs.

ChessGenius saves/loads games in PGN format. What is PGN?

PGN is "Portable Game Notation", a standard representation of chess game data in ASCII text files. It is used by most Chess software. For full details see: Here is a sample game:

[Event "Kasparov vs ChessGenius"]
[Site "London"]
[Date "1994.??.??"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Kasparov"]
[Black "ChessGenius"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D23/06"]

1. c4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Qc2 dxc4 5. Qxc4 Bf5 6. Nc3 Nbd7 7. g3 e6 8. Bg2 Be7 9. O-O O-O 10. e3 Ne4 11. Qe2 Qb6 12. Rd1 Rad8 13. Ne1 Ndf6 14. Nxe4 Nxe4 15. f3 Nd6 16. a4 Qb3 17. e4 Bg6 18. Rd3 Qb4 19. b3 Nc8 20. Nc2 Qb6 21. Bf4 c5 22. Be3 cxd4 23. Nxd4 Bc5 24. Rad1 e5 25. Nc2 Rxd3 26. Qxd3 Ne7 27. b4 Bxe3+ 28. Qxe3 Rd8 29. Rxd8+ Qxd8 30. Bf1 b6 31. Qc3 f6 32. Bc4+ Bf7 33. Ne3 Qd4 34. Bxf7+ Kxf7 35. Qb3+ Kf8 36. Kg2 Qd2+ 37. Kh3 Qe2 38. Ng2 h5 39. Qe3 Qc4 40. Qd2 Qe6+ 41. g4 hxg4+ 42. fxg4 Qc4 43. Qe1 Qb3+ 44. Ne3 Qd3 45. Kg3 Qxe4 46. Qd2 Qf4+ 47. Kg2 Qd4 48. Qxd4 exd4 49. Nc4 Nc6 50. b5 Ne5 51. Nd6 d3 52. Kf2 Nxg4+ 53. Ke1 Nxh2 54. Kd2 Nf3+ 55. Kxd3 Ke7 56. Nf5+ Kf7 57. Ke4 Nd2+ 58. Kd5 g5 59. Nd6+ Kg6 60. Kd4 Nb3+ 0-1

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