Mac OS X and some editions of Windows 7 used to come with a chess game, but Ubuntu does not. Ubuntu does come with the usual assortment of free games – Solitaire, a tile game, some word puzzles – but no chess games. Fortunately, restoring Ubuntu to chess parity with Mac OS X and Windows 7 is quite easy. There is a package of free software called GNOME Games, and it includes a chess game. And as the GNOME Games package is native to Linux, it’s quite easy to install on Ubuntu.
Simply go to the Terminal and type this command:
sudo apt-get install gnome-games
Enter your password to authenticate, and apt will download and install the missing GNOME Games. After the installation is complete, you can find Chess by clicking on the Activities Overview and searching for “Chess.” You also get close to a dozen other free games with the GNOME Games pack; my favorite is Quadrapassel, a clone of the venerable Tetris puzzle game.
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