­Dasher is a Windows program for playing chess, both on the Internet Chess Club, or offline against any of 14 builtin personalities, ranging from beginner to Grand Master. It looks great, the sound is awesome and you can download and use it for free. I really like this chess interface, and I've tried them all.

Dasher is based on the very popular "Chess Live" interface which, in turn, was based on "Freak" - both by Tommy Staffans. ICC licensed that software from GamesParlor, then had their manager of engineering, Jeff Mallet, refit the program to run on ICC's server. After adding many extensions, Jeff turned Dasher into the excellent feature rich chess interface it has become.

Here are just some of Dasher's cool features:

    * Chess engine for off-line play and examine-mode analysis
    * Nice new piece sets
    * Settings dialog allowing lots of customization
    * Preview of board display options
    * Tabbed console
    * Popup chat windows
    * Tournament interface
    * New examine mode markings
    * Figurine algebraic notationBoard Layout settings dialog
    * Channels list
    * Profile window
    * Bughouse buttons
    * Contextual help
    * A skinned interface
    * Menu icons, larger toolbar buttons, and in general, a slicker look

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VersionDescriptionLatest RatingLatest Wine version testedTest resultsComments
1.0 FinalThe first non-beta release of Dasher is finally here!Silver1.1.2020
1.5ICC Dasher is the recommended Windows program for connecting and playing on the InternetGarbage1.2.230
1.5.5Chess client for  Primary program to access the ICC online.Gold1.5.1650