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There are two excellent front-end interfaces for playing chess on GNU/Linux: XBoard and the more advanced version of XBoard called eboard[1]. eboard is the obvious choice as of 2012.


[edit] What you should know about GNU/Linux chess software

eboard and XBoard are basically programs who displays the chess board. They let you play against various computer chess engines or a local or remote human adversary. The chess engines do the work, the front-end interfaces just show their output.

[edit] The Interfaces

In bullet summary, eboard, XBoard, Knights and pychess[2] are the best choices (in that order).

[edit] eboard

eboard is a more advanced version of XBoard. It is available for all GNU/Linux distributions. It is the logical choice.

[edit] XBoard

XBoard is a very old chess interface. It's not very fancy, or flashy, but it has all the basic features of a modern chess program: You can play against all commonly used chess engines and connect to Internet chess servers.

[edit] Knights

Knights is a very nice KDE chess game[3]. The last version (0.6.4-beta) was released in January of 2005. Development seems to have stalled. It supports themes, loading and saving of games, chess engines and Internet chess servers. It's the best chess interface available today.

[edit] Gnome-Chess

Gnome Chess[4] is/was a GNOME chess interface which was last updated in January of 2001. It's GNU, and the source is out there, so someone could possibly make a Gnome 2.x version and update it. It's not worth considering if you just want to play chess.

[edit] Slibo

Slibo[5] is a OpenGL 3D chess interface for KDE which could have turned out to be the coolest Chess engine in the universe. The project is very dead at this point and the last version (0.4.4) was released in August 2003. It doesn't compile against KDE 3.5, and this won't be fixed since the project is dead and unmaintained. Again, the source code is there, it's likely interesting and has value to programmers, but it's not a choice if just want to play some chess.

[edit] PyChess

PyChess[6] is a gnomebased chessclient written in python. It's GPL and is very much alive as of November 2007. The goal of PyChess, is to provide a fully featured, nice looking, easy to use chess client for the gnome-desktop. It has got a rich animated interface, with features such as internetplay over FICS and supports the xboard cecp engine protocol as well as the uci protocol.

[edit] Humans are more fun!

The first thing you should do when you run eboard is to connect to FICS. Go Peer and Connect to FICS'. Login as "guest" with password "guest" to try it out. You will be able to seek an opponent and get one within seconds.

Humans with registered nicknames on FICS have a rating and this rating is shown. The higher rating the more resistance. Resistance seems to be futile if the opponent has a rating of 1800+.

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. eboard
  2. [ pychess}
  3. Knights
  4. gnome-chess
  5. Slibo
  6. PyChess
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