A non-profit game for the diffident chess enthusiast. Choose from only two moves selected from the most advanced chess engine and play like a grandmaster as a beginner.

Lazy Chess is a free, non-profit game created for casual players and enthusiasts alike, where players, at worst, make the second best move available to them. On average, there are more than 30 legal chess moves available to a player in a turn, creating vigintillions of possibilities throughout a game. Lazy Chess compresses that by having you choose only two in a given turn selected by Stockfish, the most robust chess engine in the world. The catch? You won’t know which move is the best!

Learn and have fun while you compete against a highly skilled AI or online friends and random opponents. Unlock new themes and settings that can change how many options you choose from or the difficulty of the AI. Hone your chess skills while you move up in the leaderboards and play unique scenarios of famous board states provided from some of the world's most active grandmasters.

Lazy Chess is open source and available on GitHub. It was developed by Cinq-Mars Media, an educational non-profit with projects and games featured at E3, PAX and festivals worldwide.

What’s New

Version 1.6

Several bug fixes and stability improvements. Fixed an issue where the new openings engine interfered with online gameplay for some users.

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

MichaelEBrassard ,

Lazy Chess

I really enjoyed Lazy Chess, as I am a relative novice at the game end enjoy having an unobtrusive ‘tutor’ to help improve my game. I could probably go to individual web sites to garner the information that Lazy Chess provides, but it does provide that ‘lazy’ help that makes it so convenient. I also like the idea of levels and modes to both provide additional challenges and give me a way of gauging my progress in improving my game.

Twentdoggo ,

Love the concept, but needs work.

First of all, switching between your available moves is so slow. One tap should move both pieces instead of one at a time. Most of the game is analyzing your moves, and the animation adds so much waiting. Next, the best/worst move notifier or whatever is not that accurate. Many moves I feel were way more valuable then the other were often the worst even though the cpu had nothing to play off of me with. This game is interesting but not worth the full version in the current state. Also, the price seems steep for not many features currently.

Katie W Roci ,

Fun and challenging

I am a casual chess player who enjoys the game but generally loses. Lazy Chess is great because I only have two choices, making it much quicker than a “regular” game, and I am learning new moves from the AI. I will be recommending this to all of my friends. It is definitely more exciting than the usual AI chess games, and I look forward to trying it with friends online!

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