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We've compiled a list of 41 free and paid alternatives to XBoard. The primary competitors include Lichess, Arena. In addition to these, users also draw comparisons between XBoard and Chessmaster, Scid vs. PC, Pure Chess. Also you can look at other similar options here: Games.

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The complete chess experience, play and compete in tournaments with friends others around the world.

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Arena is a FREE available Graphical User Interface (GUI) for chess programs (engines) by Martin...

Chessmaster is a chess playing computer game series which is now owned and developed by Ubisoft.

A beautiful and engaging multiplayer chess experience.

Free Open Source

Jin is an open source, cross platform, graphical client for chess servers, written in Java.

The Shredder chess programs by Stefan Meyer-Kahlen provide a game playing and analysis tool for...

Chess game with enhanced AI in 3D environment.

iNemesis is a free chess program that allows you to play on the FICS (free internet chess server).

XBoard, also known as WinBoard on Microsoft operating systems, is a free graphical user interface...

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XBoard, also known as WinBoard on Microsoft operating systems, is a free graphical user interface client developed by Tim Mann that is compatible with various chess engines that support the Xboard Communication Protocol such as GNU Chess. It also supports Internet Chess Servers, e-mail chess, and the playing of saved games.

It includes international chess, xiangqi (Chinese chess), shogi (Japanese chess) and Makruk, in addition to many minor variants such as Losers Chess, Crazyhouse, Chess960 and Capabanca 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.
* 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. The CMail program 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.

XBoard runs on Unix and Unix-like systems that use the X Window System.

XBoard Features

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