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WinBoard

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License:
Free (GPL)
Language:
English
OS:
  • Windows 95
  • Windows 98
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows NT
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2003
Latest version:
4.4.0 27/07/11
Last month's downloads:
609
Size:
2.7 MB
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WinBoard is fully compatible with:

  • Windows 95
  • Windows 98
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows NT
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2003
WinBoard is also compatible with
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  • English
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Versions of WinBoard

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Version License Language O.S. Download
WinBoard 4.4.0 27/07/11 Free (GPL) English
  • Windows 95
  • Windows 98
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows NT
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2003
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A classic 2D chess game with support for online games

Elena Santos

Pros
  • Different playing modes, including online and email games
  • Customizable board
Cons
  • Simple graphics

WinBoard is simply a graphical user interface for chess. It displays a chessboard on the screen, accepts moves made with the mouse, and loads and save games in Portable Game Notation (PGN). It serves as front-ends for many different chess services, including:

  • Chess engines that will run on your machine and play a game against you or help you analyze, such as GNU Chess, Crafty, or many others. A list of compatible engines is available.
  • 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. A list of compatible servers is available.
  • Correspondence chess played by electronic mail. The CMail program (which works with XBoard only) automates the tasks of parsing email from your opponent, playing his moves out on your board, and mailing your reply move after you've chosen it.
  • PGN viewer. You can use XBoard or WinBoard as a viewer and creator for game files recorded in PGN (standard chess notation).

"Whatever dev ruined this."

  • 2.0
  • 2.0
  • usability1
  • Stability5
  • Installation0
  • Functionality1
  • Appearance5

In ver 4.2, you could scroll through a game with the arrow keys. Some f'ing tool thought that was too intuitive and effortless, and required alt+arrow. Whoever decided this needs to be beaten. To "upgrade" a version by ruining the interface AND add all sorts of bloatware is not an upgrade, esp when you claim GNU. F whatever developer ruined this once simple app that just did what you needed without frills, and changed it to opt-out.

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Cons
  • lose the require alt+arrow, revert to better arrow-only nav
  • bloatware that you have to opt out of to avoid

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