The classic board game comes to Steam with asynchronous online play and 100 levels of AI. If you are a chess enthusiast or someone who just likes to play a game now and again, this is what you've been looking for. This is Simply Chess.
User reviews:
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Mostly Positive (63 reviews) - 79% of the 63 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Mostly Positive (1,226 reviews) - 72% of the 1,226 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 11, 2015

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November 29, 2016

Vote Simply Chess for the "I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won An Award" Award

Some people have been rep-ing chess for (thousands of) years! ...Let's show the world that we've known Chess was cool, long before any of this newfangled stuff!

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November 12, 2016

Updates! Translations! Sales! and a way to get Premium for free!

This is a big announcement with a lot to cover!

Updates!
Since the last announcement, here are updates we've made to Simply Chess:
  • Mac: fixed crashing that would happen in various versions of OS X on various machines. It was due to several versions of Mono crashing in different ways on different versions. We found an old version that works consistently.
  • The "Online Multiplayer" lobby said "Local Multiplayer" at the top, previously.
  • Old "Steam Notifications" have been deleted and any games that end will now get their notification deleted once both players have seen the end of the game.
  • GamePad support for BlueLineCloudSignupDialog is no longer broken... can fill it out correctly, or skip it and play without an account just like with keyboard/mouse.
  • Made resizing the window conform to the ratio instead of using leterboxing.
  • The Online Game Menu Screen doesn't flicker when the list reloads now.
  • Fixed the ugly layout of the Pawn Promotion dialog (the icons had shifted to be overlapping the "Ok" button).
  • Made Alert dialogs center in the screen correctly (they were slightly off-center before).
  • Added "Limitless" AI for Premium players (Limitless will also unlock for free if players can beat all 100 levels of AI!) This lets the AI play without mercy or concern for your pathetic human brain.
  • Fixed the layout of the BLC Signup dialog to fit better.
  • Fixed the "Chat" button to use the internationalized string and not display off-screen when the opponent is on the bottom (which is rare, but some people choose to put themselves on top).
  • Made it so that asynchronously created games also have the opponent's name added to the serverName when the 2nd player joins.

Translations!
If you'd like to help us with translations, please head over to Roksten and offer to translate our projects into your native language! Our volunteer translators have helped bring these new translations to Simply Chess with this update:
  • Added Spanish translation (thanks dani_as0!)
  • Added Polish translation (thanks Ti_Ichigo from LiveCoding!)

Sales!
All of our games happen to be on sale right now (only the two-pack of Othello, not the single... for technical reasons). Check them out to make sure you have at least 3 and you can get Premium for free (see below):
http://store.steampowered.com/search/?developer=BlueLine%20Games

This includes 25% off of Simply Chess Premium... you can support our continued development of this game for ~$3.74
http://store.steampowered.com/app/451690/

Get "Simply Chess: Premium" for free!
Do you own some of our other games already? If you buy 3 or more of our games and you don't have Premium yet, when you play Simply Chess, you will be presented with a Steam Code for Simply Chess Premium as a way for us to say Thank You for being our loyal customer!

UPDATE: The Steam Key appears when the game would otherwise show you a Cross Promotion, so it's not immedaite. Basically: finish 4 matches, then from the Main Menu, go to start another game and it should show up.

So check out which games you already own, and maybe grab a couple more at STEEP discounts and maybe even get Premium for free!
http://store.steampowered.com/search/?developer=BlueLine%20Games

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About This Game

The classic board game comes to Steam! Everything you need in a chess game. If you are a chess enthusiast or someone who just likes to play a game now and again, this is what you've been looking for. This is Simply Chess.

Play it against friends whether they're on on Windows, Mac, & Linux.

Features:
  • Play locally or online.
  • Play against the computer – World class "Stockfish" AI with 100 difficulty levels.
  • Includes "hot-seat"/"pass-n-play" mode for multiplayer using only one computer.
  • Asynchronous play - you can play even when your opponent is offline.
  • Easily switch between full 3D with camera-control & a 2D graphics mode
  • Full controller and “Steam Big Picture” support
  • Switch seamlessly between playing with mouse/keyboard and gamepad.
  • Elo Ratings for online games – ranked on a Steam Leaderboard
  • Steam Trading Cards, Badges, Backgrounds & Emoticons
  • Dozens of Steam Stats & Achievements.
  • Steam version has no added DRM and can run everything except the online play & Steam-specific bonuses (Steam Achievements, Steam Leaderboards, etc.), without any internet connection and/or without Steam installed.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or better
    • Processor: 1 gHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1+ w/ GL_ARB_framebuffer_object
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP or better
    • Processor: 2 gHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1 gHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1+ w/ GL_ARB_framebuffer_object
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mavericks 10.9.2
    • Processor: 2 gHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit
    • Processor: 1 gHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1+ w/ GL_ARB_framebuffer_object
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit, S3TC texture support
    • Processor: 2 gHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
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