
Last update 11th August 2007. With chess fonts you can make chess diagrams or print games with figurine notation. On this page you can view and download fonts. Chess fonts is a flexible tool and allow you to easily change style and layout. Some fonts have characters suited for decor, and others have Informator symbols or pieces for fairy chess. For advice on how to use chess fonts and solve common problems, see the page Chess Fonts FAQ. On Chess Publishing is a more basic introduction. If you want to make your own font, you can use the graphics program "Corel Draw" or try the shareware program Font Creator for 30 days. Before buying a professional program it may be wise to seek financial council... Cases Freeware. True Type Font by Matthieu Leschemelle. The font was originally for making diagrams with Matthieu's program Problemiste, a program for solving chess problems. Armando Marroquin has since redesigned the font, and now it can be used as a "stand alone font" for diagrams and figurine notation and frame with coordinates is an option. View pieces.
Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin for diagrams and figurine notation. Frame with coordinates possible. The bishop is special, but otherwise the font is traditional. The black squares can be coloured with a special masque technique, if you like. This must be done manually: make the squares first and then add the pieces. Looks good on a colour printer! View pieces. Download Chess Adventurer (32 KB)
Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin for diagrams and figurine notation.
Some may find the font "a bit modern", but that's a mistake!  The pieces are copied from a Spanish chessbook from 1283, when 'Alfonso the Wise' ruled in Spain. Frame with coordinates possible. View pieces.
Freeware. True Type Font by Eric Bentzen for diagrams and figurine notation. A traditional font, but designed with less detail for better output on printers and photocopiers. Frame with coordinates possible. View Pieces.
Freeware. Peter Strickland has modified the original Chess Alpha font. The characters are now optimised for typing moves, with most characters on the keyboard. He has also added letters, numbers and punctuation, so you don't have to switch fonts when typing.
The figurine characters are now smaller, to fit on the text baseline, and have thicker
strokes, to print more clearly at the smaller size.
Freeware. True Type Font by Eric Bentzen for diagrams and figurine notation. Based on the familiar design from the East German "Sportverlag", that published so many popular chess books. Support for fairy chess diagrams.
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Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin for diagrams and figurine notation.
A classic "masculine" font inspired by Spanish chess books. Frame with coordinates possible.
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Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin for diagrams and figurine notation.
A lively and charming font. Frame with coordinates possible.
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Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin for diagrams and figurine notation.
A traditional font typical for Latin American chess books. Frame with coordinates possible.
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Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin for diagrams and figurine notation. A classic font inspired by a German chess book from the beginning of the century. Frame with coordinates possible.
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Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin for diagrams and figurine notation.
A geometric font. Frame with coordinates possible.
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Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin for diagrams and figurine notation. Inspired by diagrams in the earliest chess litterature. Frame with coordinates possible. The black squares can be coloured with a special masque technique. This still has to be done manually: make the squares first and then add the pieces. Looks good on a colour printer! View pieces. Download Chess Lucena (29 KB).
Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin for diagrams and figurine notation. Marroquin's magnetic traveller's chess set inspired this font. Frame with coordinates possible.
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Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin for diagrams and figurine notation. Modern simple design. Frame with coordinates possible. View pieces.
Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin for diagrams and figurine notation. Marroquin's first font. Armando designed it to create diagrams with chess problems for children at the school "Colegio La Salle de San Cristobal" in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. Frame with coordinates possible.
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Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin for diagrams and figurine notation. From the highlands of Mexico, and the name reveals the source of inspiration. Frame with coordinates possible.
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Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin for diagrams and figurine notation. A more classic font. Frame with coordinates possible. View pieces.
Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin for diagrams and figurine notation. A classic font named after the city Mérida on Yacatan. Frame with coordinates possible.
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Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin for diagrams and figurine notation. A futuristic font for the next millennium or "Martian chess magazines", as the author puts it. Like "Chess Marroquin" designed for diagrams. There are two versions with lighter and darker dark squares. Frame with coordinates possible.
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Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin. Chess symbols and pictograms  something like the "Wingdings" or "Dingbatts" of chess. View symbols.
Chess Montreal Freeware (with permission of the author). True Type Font for diagrams by Gary Katch.
Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin for diagrams and figurine notation. Simple cut and bold lines. Frame with coordinates possible. View pieces.
Freeware. True Type Font by Frank David for diagrams and figurine notation. Classic style. Frame with coordinates possible. View pieces.
Chess Pirat Freeware. True Type Font by Klaus Wolf for diagrams and figurine notation. Also italic and bold. View Chess Pirat. Download Chess Pirat (153 KB)
Freeware. True Type Font by Alan Hickey for diagrams.
Freeware. True Type Font by Alastair Scott. The design is based on the PostScript font Cheq. Download Chess Regular (11 KB) Chess Usual is the same font, but redesigned by Armando H. Marroquin. View pieces. Download Chess Usual (24 KB).
Freeware. True Type Font by Sizenko Alexander for diagrams.
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Freeware. True Type Font by Hans Bodlaender.
A chess font with a more stylized design  some would call it modern.
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FigurineSymbol
Freeware by Armando H. Marroquin. True Type Font for figurine notation and Informator/NIC/USCF symbols.
There are different versions for different languages: FigurineSymbol T/S 1:
FigurineSymbol T/S 2:
FigurineSymbol T/S 3:
Figurine pieces from Chess Mérida
Figurine pieces from Chess Motif
Free True Type Fonts from Carleton University. Both are symbol fonts ("Dings") with chess (and other) symbols.
View symbols from ChessDW.
Latex Fonts
For Latex enthusiasts most of the fonts on this site have been converted by Ulrike Fischer.
MacIntosh Fonts Some of the freeware fonts on this page have been converted for use with MacIntosh. Rolf Exner has converted:
Cheq, Chess Berlin, Chess Marroquin, Chess Maya, Smart Chess, Tasc Chess Figurine and Traveller Standard.
Richard Fowell has converted Chess Alpha, Chess Condal, Chess Leipzig, Chess
Mark, Chess Medieval and Chess Motif.
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Free True Type Font by Christoph Wirth. The font comes with the program Smart Chess (Macintosh).
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Freeware. True Type Font with Informator analysis symbols by Alan Cowderoy. Traditional design. New release March 1998 (an extra key for white squares that doesn't cause problems with Word macros).
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True type fonts for problems and fairy chess by David L. Brown.
True type font for fairy chess (problems) by Christian Poisson.
True type font for figurine notation with Informator symbols.
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True Type Font that comes with Chessmaster, or the software for playing chess at Chessmaster Live. The latter is free, but the software is no less than 2.922 KB and isn't zipped for some strange reason.
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Free True Type Font that comes with the Tasc Database.
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Cheq Freeware. PostScript font. Requires Adobe Type Manager.
Skak Freeware. PostScript font by Egon Madsen. Requires Adobe Type Manager. Download Skak (50 KB). ChessFonts.ini Download an updated version of EPD2diag's "ChessFonts.ini" which supports the newest fonts on this page:
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