GNU Chess 5.0.7 on WinBoard 4.2.7
|Stable release||4.7.2 / 29 Aug 2013|
|Operating system||GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, MS Windows|
Originally developed by Tim Mann, these programs are compatible with various chess engines that support the Chess Engine Communication Protocol such as GNU Chess. It also supports Internet Chess Servers, e-mail chess, and the playing of saved games.
It has been recently enhanced a great deal, and the Chess Engine Communication Protocol was extended to meet the needs of modern engines (which have features such as hash tables, multi-processing and end-game tables, which could not be controlled through the old protocol).
XBoard has always been supportive of Chess variants, such as Suicide Chess or Crazyhouse, acting as a client for Internet Chess Servers that offered such variants. This support has now been extended to all of the World's major Chess variants: xiangqi (Chinese Chess), shogi (Japanese Chess), makruk (Thai Chess) and many Western variants on boards of deviating sizes (e.g. Capablanca Chess). It offers a Westernized representation for these games, but the almost limitless configurability of WinBoard does allow a high-quality traditional oriental representation of these games.
Another computer chess protocol is the Universal Chess Interface (UCI). XBoard/WinBoard supports this protocol (and its dialects USI and UCCI, which are in common use for Shogi and Chinese Chess) through adapter programs such as Polyglot and UCI2WB.
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- Home page of XBoard
- XBoard on GNU Savannah
- FAQ for the use of Xboard and Winboard chess engines
- Listing of Xboard and Winboard chess engines
- Winboard Forum
- Winboard v4.3.15m-and-Rybka2.2n2mpw32