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With chess fonts you can make chess diagrams or print games with figurine notation. On this page you can view and download fonts.

A chess fonts is a flexible tool and allows 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...

Queen Marroquin


View Cases

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 co-ordinates is an option. View pieces.
Download Chess Cases (26 KB)


View Adventurer

Chess Adventurer

Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin for diagrams and figurine notation. Frame with co-ordinates 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)


View Alfonso-X

Chess Alfonso-X

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 co-ordinates possible. View pieces.
Download Chess Alfonso-X (28 KB)


View Chess Alpha

Chess Alpha

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 co-ordinates possible. View Pieces.
Download Chess Alpha (22 KB)


View Chess Alpha

Chess Alpha2

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.
Download Chess Alpha2 (130 KB)


View Chess Berlin

Chess Berlin

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. View ordinary pieces.
Download Chess Berlin (25 KB)


View Chess Condal

Chess Condal

Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin for diagrams and figurine notation. A classic "masculine" font inspired by Spanish chess books. Frame with co-ordinates possible. View pieces.
Download Chess Condal (28 KB).


View Chess Harlequin

Chess Harlequin

Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin for diagrams and figurine notation. A lively and charming font. Frame with co-ordinates possible. View pieces.
Download Chess Harlequin (28 KB).


View Chess Kingdom

Chess Kingdom

Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin for diagrams and figurine notation. A traditional font typical for Latin American chess books. Frame with co-ordinates possible. View pieces.
Download Chess Kingdom (29 KB).


View Chess Leipzig

Chess Leipzig

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 co-ordinates possible. View pieces.
Download Chess Leipzig (30 KB).


View Chess Line

Chess Line

Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin for diagrams and figurine notation. A geometric font. Frame with co-ordinates possible. View pieces.
Download Chess Line (21 KB).


Se Chess Lucena

Chess Lucena

Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin for diagrams and figurine notation. Inspired by diagrams in the earliest chess litterature. Frame with co-ordinates 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).


View Chess Magnetic

Chess Magnetic

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 co-ordinates possible. View Pieces.
Download Chess Magnetic (26 KB)


View Chess Mark

Chess Mark

Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin for diagrams and figurine notation. Modern simple design. Frame with co-ordinates possible. View pieces.
Download Chess Mark (22 KB)


View Chess Marroquin

Chess Marroquin

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 co-ordinates possible. View pieces.
Download Chess Marroquin (23 KB)


View Chess Maya

Chess Maya

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 co-ordinates possible. View pieces.
Download Chess Maya (29 KB)


View Chess Mediaeval

Chess Mediaeval

Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin for diagrams and figurine notation. A more classic font. Frame with co-ordinates possible. View pieces.
Download Chess Mediaeval (28 KB)


View Chess Merida

Chess Mérida

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 co-ordinates possible. View pieces.
Download Chess Mérida (27 KB)


View Chess Millenia

Chess Millennia

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 co-ordinates possible. View pieces.
Download Chess Millenia (31 KB)


View Chess Miscel

Chess Miscel

Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin. Chess symbols and pictograms - something like the "Wingdings" or "Dingbatts" of chess. View symbols.
Download Chess Miscel (28 KB)


View Chess Montreal

Chess Montreal

Freeware (with permission of the author). True Type Font for diagrams by Gary Katch.
A font you can't turn upside down! A new and fresh design. Read more about the font and how to get it on the author's homepage.
View the pieces.


View Chess Motif

Chess Motif

Freeware. True Type Font by Armando H. Marroquin for diagrams and figurine notation. Simple cut and bold lines. Frame with co-ordinates possible. View pieces.
Download Chess Motif (22 KB)


View ChessOle

ChessOle

Freeware. True Type Font by Frank David for diagrams and figurine notation. Classic style. Frame with co-ordinates possible. View pieces.
Comes with the program ChessOle.


View Chess Pirat

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)


View Chess Plain

Chess Plain

Freeware. True Type Font by Alan Hickey for diagrams.
Simple cut. Frame with co-ordinates possible. View Pieces.
Download from Alan Hickeys homepage.


View Chess Usual

Chess Regular

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).


View Chess-7

Chess-7

Freeware. True Type Font by Sizenko Alexander for diagrams.
View Pieces.
Download from Style-7.


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View Chess Utrecht

Chess Utrecht

Freeware. True Type Font by Hans Bodlaender. A chess font with a more stylized design - some would call it modern. View pieces.
Download Chess Utrecht (11 KB)
Can also be found on Hans Bodlaender's site: Chessvariants


FigurineSymbol

FigurineSymbol

Freeware by Armando H. Marroquin. True Type Font for figurine notation and Informator/NIC/USCF symbols.
There are two versions of the font: one based on Times New Roman and one on Swiss/Arial/sans serif, but the characters for king (K), queen (Q), rook (R), bishop (B) and knight (N) are replaced by chess pieces/figurines. You just select the game text, change the font and voilà - the game is written with figurine notation.

There are different versions for different languages:

FigurineSymbol T/S 1:
covers Croatian, Danish, English, German, Slavonic, Swedish and Yugoslavian.

FigurineSymbol T/S 2:
covers French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish.

FigurineSymbol T/S 3:
covers Dutch, Finnish, Hungarian and Norwegian.

Figurine pieces from Chess Mérida
Download FigurineSymbol T1 (Times) (78 KB)
Download FigurineSymbol T2 (Times) (96 KB)
Download FigurineSymbol T3 (Times) (86 KB)

Figurine pieces from Chess Motif
Download FigurineSymbol S1 (sans serif) (60 KB)
Download FigurineSymbol S2 (sans serif) (73 KB)
Download FigurineSymbol S3 (sans serif) (63 KB)


View ChessDW

ChessDW & CuSymbol

Free True Type Fonts from Carleton University. Both are symbol fonts ("Dings") with chess (and other) symbols. View symbols from ChessDW.
Download both fonts from this site.


Latex Fonts

For Latex enthusiasts most of the fonts on this site have been converted by Ulrike Fischer.
Link: Latex Fonts


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.
Download Mac Chess Fonts (244 KB) from this site.

Richard Fowell has converted Chess Alpha, Chess Condal, Chess Leipzig, Chess Mark, Chess Medieval and Chess Motif.
Download chsfonts (300 KB)


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View Smart Regular

Smart Regular

Free True Type Font by Christoph Wirth. The font comes with the program Smart Chess (Macintosh). View pieces.
Download Smart Regular (9 KB)


View Traveller

Traveller Standard

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). View pieces.
Download Traveller True Type Font (24 KB)
Or go to the author's site: Chess Graphics, where you can find the original Corel Draw files as well.


See Good Companion

Good Companion

True type fonts for problems and fairy chess by David L. Brown.
Ordinary pieces, tilted pieces, bottoms up, neutral, arrows and much more. See some of the pieces.
The fonts are freeware and can be downloaded (with documentation) from Meson - Chess Problem Database or StrateGems


View 1Echecs

1Echecs

True type font for fairy chess (problems) by Christian Poisson.
Grasshoppers, nightriders, neutral kings, cylinder chess etc. etc.
- this is the font for publishers of fairy chess problems. View some of the pieces.
1Echecs is freeware, but if used for more than 10 diagrams, the author would like a copy. Read more and download (35 KB) from the author's page.


View CA Chess

CA Chess

True type font for figurine notation with Informator symbols. View pieces.
Comes with Chess Assistant Demo and is installed when you run "setup".
Download from: http://www.chessassistant.com/ (2.5 MB).


View Chessmaster

Chessmaster

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. View pieces.
Link: Chessmaster Live


View Tasc Chess Figurine

Tasc Chess Figurine

Free True Type Font that comes with the Tasc Database. View pieces.
Download: Task Chess Figurine (10 KB).


Cheq

Freeware. PostScript font. Requires Adobe Type Manager.
Download Cheq 185 KB selfextracting exe-file.


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:
chesfont.zip 5. February 2000 (2 KB). Compare the file date before you overwrite the original!

Links to more fonts (commercial) are on Alastair Scott's page Chess Word Macros & Fonts

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