Play against an engine

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Playing against an engine in Lucas Chess is a very good way to practice your game. First of all, you can pick an engine like Maia (included) which mimics human play at certain levels (based on neural network technology):

Playing against an engine like Maia is helpful for your practice


Lucas Chess has the concept of a Tutor: you make your moves, but if they are not good enough, the tutor will warn you and guide you to better moves. This is a really helpful feature to see when you are going wrong in your games.

Playing with a tutor is a great help

By clicking on Tutor change, you can configure your Tutor.

  • Which engine to use
  • How long the tutor should think (0 means until the Depth is reached) - it might be good to set a time limit here so you do not end up having to wait for too long
  • Depth: how many half-moves (plies) should the engine think ahead
  • MultiPV: how many lines (best moves) do you want to see - more lines of course take longer
  • Sensitivity: how many centipawns of error will the engine allow for you
You can configure the tutor for best performance and learning

When you play a game against an engine, the tutor keeps monitoring your moves in the background. If you make a mistake that loses more points than the threshold you set, the tutor pops up and offers you help:

The tutor gets activated when you make mistakes

You can now either a) try again, b) play your move or c) open the tutor window to see the engine's suggestion:

The tutor shows you the best engine recommendation

Help to move

When you are playing and get stuck, use the help to move function which will show you the best engine moves.

Help to move will show you the best engine moves.