I recently got an itch to try some chess (I’m a really terrible player) and installed KNights (I’m using KDE, so it was the obvious solution to me).
As underlying chess engine, so far I tried both GNUChess and Crafty (from AUR).
KNights always seems to run fine for a couple of moves (although even on “Very Easy” it takes the computer some time to complete the turn, given that I’m using a rather fast machine).
Eventually though, the computer, regardless of chess engine, seems to lock up and never finishes its turn - it’s taking up CPU time and it’s displaying that it’s pondering the next move, but that’s it.
I let it run for ~30min, then quit KNights. That worked fine, btw.,doesn’t look like KNights itself had locked up. OTOH, it happens regardless of chess engine, so I’m not quite sure what’s the actual issue there.
A quick search didn’t turn up anything. Did somebody observe similar?
Also, I’m open to other suggestions for (free) chess software on Linux.