WinBoard – chessboard for Windows

WinBoard is a graphical user interface for chess and its variants. It displays a chessboard on the screen, accepts moves made with the mouse, and loads and saves game files in standard chess notation.

Besides playing chess against chess engines,  this software lets you play chess on many internet chess services including the Free Internet Chess Club, and the Internet Chess Club. And it supports the various time-compensating timestamp / timeseal which adds time back to your clock equal to your internet lag.

The software is a port of XBoard.

Features include:

  • It serves as a front-end for many different chess services, including:
    • Chess engines that will run on your machine and play a game against you or help you analyze.
    • Chess servers on the Internet, where you can connect to play chess with people from all over the world, watch other users play, or just hang out and chat.
    • Correspondence chess played by electronic mail.
  • Chess engines included: Fairy-Max, Fruit 2.1, Pulsar2009-9b, ShaMax, MaxQi, HaQiKi, Elephant Eye, Cycline 2009, Shokodi, and Laramie V3.
  • Many other chess engines can run in WinBoard.
  • PGN/EPD reader.
  • Adjudication for engine-engine games.

Support: H G Muller, Forums
Developer: Digital Equipment Corporation
License: GNU GPL v3


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