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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Another chess game that is slightly better is Dreamchess

DreamChess is an open source chess game. Our primary target platforms are Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. DreamChess features 3D OpenGL graphics and provides various chess board sets, ranging from classic wooden to flat figurines.

This one looks fine and plays decently, but I do not really care for the pictures that represent those playing.

There are also far better chess games in Linux. For an some reason though, I cannot get Dreamchess to load on the system I am currently using. Maybe it is because I am using the ATI Rage 128 Pro and the fact that this card has no driver in Linux. I should still be able to play a game of chess though.

A moderately strong chess engine is included: Dreamer, However, should this engine be too weak for you, then you can use any other XBoard-compatible chess engine, including the popular Crafty and GNU Chess.

Other features include music, sound effects, on-screen move lists using SAN notation, undo functionality, and savegames in PGN format.

The DreamChess team currently consists of only a handful of people. We could use help in many areas, such as programming, graphics, sound and testing. If you're interested in helping out, please send an email to feedback at dreamchess.org.

Downloads

Current release

dreamchess-0.2.0.tar.gz

DreamChess 0.2.0

DreamChess Music Pack 1.0

dreamchess-music-1.0.run.tar

Previous releases

dreamchess-0.1.0.tar.gz



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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Chess on Linux, the Top Games.

There are many (not all are very good) chess games in Linux.

There is the one installed by default with the small game packages that come with Ubuntu and most versions of Linux that use Gnome, but I do not like this one very much.

It is ok for basic play, but it is really not that good.

Last week I presented the Linux versions of a few games and pastimes from the pre-computer era. They are the applications that I always end up installing on the computers of all senior citizens who ask me, “How could I use this PC for games?”, but they still are great fun for everybody. I deliberately left chess clients out of that post, because I didn’t want to make it too long and chess deserves (at least) one whole post anyway.

Therefore, this week I’m going to present the four graphical chess clients that I use and recommend in the same scenario of my previous post. Let me shortly summarize what that scenario is, before looking at the software: end users who, in almost all cases, have quite old computers that wouldn’t bear a compiler even if I had the time to use it, without any continuous Internet access.

That’s why I only consider native Linux programs that are available as binary packages for the most common GNU/Linux distributions, that don’t need Internet access to do their job, and use local chess engines with the same characteristics. Over the years this choice has led me to the four applications presented below. Please note that, even if “no need for the Internet” remains a must-have feature for me, all of these programs do let you play online with other users, either directly or through portals like the Free Internet Chess Server. Another common feature is the possibility to suspend a game, save it to a file and resume it later.

Another chess game that is slightly better is Dreamchess.

This one looks fine and plays decently, but I do not really care for the pictures that represent those playing. There are also far better chess games in Linux.

For an some reason though, I cannot get Dreamchess to load on the system I am currently using. Maybe it is because I am using the ATI Rage 128 Pro and the fact that this card has no driver in Linux.

 I should still be able to play a game of chess though.


PyChess is another chess game in Linux. I do not like either of the chess engines that PyChess can use (GNUChess and PyChess), but maybe it was just the way that PyChess used them.

The computer made decisions to quickly and did not play very well.

I also believe that the artists for this program could have made the pieces look nicer and appear more physically attractive.
Brutal Chess is actually pretty good.



The board and pieces look nice, the AI is good, it actually take time to make a move.



Alas, this game will also not load correctly.I imagine that I am having the same problem that Dreamchess is giving me, which is to bad.

3D Chess is an odd, yet interesting game. You have three boards upon which to play, a few new pieces, and no manual to tell me how the new pieces work!!!

But this game looks quite cool though, a bit like chess in Star Trek. All it needs is a manual or a link to a website containing documentation.

Also, there is no AI to handle this game, so you must have another person to play with. I also like the board names which are x, y, and z.


My favorite chess game in Linux though is Pouet Chess.

The computer fights quite effectively in this. Depending on the setting of difficulty, the system can take anywhere from two to ninety seconds to make a decision on a move.Playing against pouet Chess is harder than other game or person that I have ever played.

I personally recommend this game for anyone really interested in chess. The board and pieces are also beautifully designed, more so than in any of the other chess games, including the two that refuse to run on my current system.

I will probably add more to this review later, but for now I will just add a few pictures. Have fun everyone.

XBoard is a graphical user interface for chess in all its major forms, including international chess, xiangqi (Chinese chess), shogi (Japanese chess) and Makruk, in addition to many minor variants such as Losers Chess, Crazyhouse, Chess960 and Capablanca Chess.

It displays a chessboard on the screen, accepts moves made with the mouse, and loads and saves games in Portable Game Notation (PGN). 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, such as GNU Chess, Crafty, or many others.

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PyChess is a Gnome inspired chess client written in Python.

The goal of PyChess, is to provide a fully featured, nice looking, easy to use chess client for the gnome-desktop.

PyChess is another chess game in Linux. I do not like either of the chess engines that PyChess can use (GNUChess and PyChess), but maybe it was just the way that PyChess used them.

The computer made decisions to quickly and did not play very well. I also believe that the artists for this program could have made the pieces look nicer and appear more physically attractive.

The client should be usable both to those totally new to chess, those who want to play an occasional game, and those who wants to use the computer to further enhance their play.

Features include:

* Attractive interface
* Chess Engine Communication Protocol (CECP) and Univeral Chess Interface (UCI) Engine support
* Free online play on the Free Internet Chess Server (FICS)
* Read and writes PGN, EPD and FEN chess file formats
* Built-in Python based engine
* Undo and pause functions
* Board and piece animation
* Drag and drop
* Tabbed interface
* Hints and spyarrows
* Opening book sidepanel using sqlite
* Score plot sidepanel
* "Enter game" in pgn dialog
* Optional sounds
* Legal move highlighting
* Internationalised or figure pieces in notation



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Brutal Chess is a 3D chess game with several levels of AI inspired by 'Battle Chess'

Brutal Chess is actually pretty good. The board and pieces look nice, the AI is good, it actually take time to make a move. Alas, this game will also not load correctly. I imagine that I am having the same problem that Dreamchess is giving me, which is to bad.

I'm not a big fan of chess but if I do play it, at least I want it to look good. Brutal Chess certainly fulfills this with excellent 3D graphics and some cool features to keep the game interesting.

Despite the name Brutal Chess, the game is in no way violent or brutal. The rules and gameplay are as in any other Chess game except here you can choose some pretty cool chess piece designs and the 3D graphics make it look great. The developers have added a few other touches of realism too including shadows, the ability to rotate the camera in any position and history arrows to show your previous moves.

However, because the game is under constant development, it is prone to bugs. One is that you can't move white pawns backwards and it does have problems with operating systems earlier than XP according to the developers. The game will soon utilize what's called the Free Internet Chess Server (FICS) which allows chess fans from all over the world to play against each other.

To connect to FICS you need to open a socket to freechess.org on port 5000 in your router and you'll be able to play against anyone anywhere which will enhance the game greatly.


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PouetChess is an innovating and open-source chess game

My favorite chess game in Linux though is Pouet Chess. The computer fights quite effectively in this. Depending on the setting of difficulty, the system can take anywhere from two to ninety seconds to make a decision on a move.

Playing against pouet Chess is harder than other game or person that I have ever played. I personally recommend this game for anyone really interested in chess.

The board and pieces are also beautifully designed, more so than in any of the other chess games, including the two that refuse to run on my current system. I will probably add more to this review later, but for now I will just add a few pictures. Have fun everyone.

Current stable version is : 0.2.0

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3D Chess, 3 dimensional Chess game for X11R6.

By default, Ubuntu comes with glChess, part of the GNOME game suite. It uses the venerable and solid GNUChess engine, but the 2D graphics, while functional, lack the flash common in modern computer chess games.

3 dimensional Chess game for X11R6. There are three boards, stacked vertically; 96 pieces of which most are the traditional chess pieces with just a couple of additions; 26 possible directions in which to move. The AI isn't wonderful, but provides a challenging enough game to all but the most highly skilled players.

3D Chess is an odd, yet interesting game. You have three boards upon which to play, a few new pieces, and no manual to tell me how the new pieces work!!! But this game looks quite cool though, a bit like chess in Star Trek. All it needs is a manual or a link to a website containing documentation. Also, there is no AI to handle this game, so you must have another person to play with. I also like the board names which are x, y, and z.

Download.

Available deb Repositories (how-to add a respository)
Debian 32-bit 64-bit
etch 0.8.1-12 0.8.1-12
lenny 0.8.1-15
sid 0.8.1-16 0.8.1-16

Ubuntu 32-bit 64-bit
dapper 0.8.1-11.1 0.8.1-11.1
hardy 0.8.1-13 0.8.1-13
intrepid 0.8.1-15 0.8.1-15




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