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apple chess for imac g4

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:18 am
by mclane
hi, i bought a used apple imac g4 for almost nothng and would like to do a little chess on it too.
i have seen there is an integrated chess program , but this does not fit my needs.

can some apple user help me getting a gui and uci engines for apple installed on the old imac g4 ?

i never really used an apple pc before.

ok i have an ipad but that is of course completely different.

i do have internet on the g4. i am not interested in ELO but in the fun level.
so what is possible on this old but cool designed machine from 2002 ??

The machine has 700 MHz and 1 GB RAM and Mac OS X 10.5.8

Re: apple chess for imac g4

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:20 am
by kaissa
Chessmaster 9000, Sigmachess and Macchess are the ones that came to my mind first.

I think Hiarcs requires Mac OS X 10.7 as minimum. http://www.hiarcs.com/mac-chess-explorer.htm

Shredder needs 10.8 as minimum. https://www.shredderchess.com/chess-sof ... ntosh.html

Then there is the Stockfish: https://stockfishchess.org/mac/

Not a Mac owner but love it! Not sure about GUI + UCI engine combination though.

Re: apple chess for imac g4

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:41 am
by stevenaaus

Re: apple chess for imac g4

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:56 pm
by hgm
Is this a machine with Intel or with PowerPC? XBoard is available as an OSX App for Intel CPU.

Re: apple chess for imac g4

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:43 pm
by mclane
It has a power pc as far as I know

Re: apple chess for imac g4

Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:14 am
by MikeB
mclane wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:18 am
hi, i bought a used apple imac g4 for almost nothng and would like to do a little chess on it too.
i have seen there is an integrated chess program , but this does not fit my needs.

can some apple user help me getting a gui and uci engines for apple installed on the old imac g4 ?

i never really used an apple pc before.

ok i have an ipad but that is of course completely different.

i do have internet on the g4. i am not interested in ELO but in the fun level.
so what is possible on this old but cool designed machine from 2002 ??

The machine has 700 MHz and 1 GB RAM and Mac OS X 10.5.8
The Hiarcs folks might be able to help you out if you have few bucks to spend.
http://www.hiarcs.com/prev-prod/MacH13- ... nload1.htm

Re: apple chess for imac g4

Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:52 am
by Norbert Raimund Leisner

Re: apple chess for imac g4

Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:23 pm
by mclane
Thanks. Will try this out this week end.

Re: apple chess for imac g4

Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:17 pm
by karger
I have and use an old ppc G4 and use the free version of Sigma chess 6.2. You can import ppc UCI versions of stockfish , glaurung , crafty & other engines. It is by far the best Mac ppc GUI and has a great interface & allows use of all UCI options with it's engine manager. Karger

Re: apple chess for imac g4

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:25 am
by tpoppins
karger wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:17 pm
You can import ppc UCI versions of stockfish , glaurung , crafty & other engines.
Crafty is CECP (Winboard), not UCI. Do you mean the Sigma Chess GUI supports the Winboard protocol as well as UCI?