Chess On Linux
It is widely believed that the gnuchess and xboard is all that you need to play a game of chess on a linux computer. While it's certainly enough to get you started, it's certainly not the last word. Besides, playing against the computer is just a waste of time, computers should be used only for post mortem analysis. The Xboard user interface is rather archaic and it wouldn't even start up on one of my linux boxes (xboard: no fonts match pattern -*-helvetica-bold-r-normal--*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*). Decaf. It turns out that Decaf is a front end for the <a href="http://www.freechess.org/">free internet chess server</a> and cannot be used with an engine. Knights , Gnome Chess (not updated in ages) and Jin (FICS client) before taking a closer look at Slibo. It hasn't been updated since 2003 either but the screenshots looked impressive. Unfortunately I never got to install it. There are no binaries available and the source wouldn't compiled (it's looking for Qt 3 headers/libraries - the current version is Qt is 4.5.2 ). pychess - it could be easily installed with yum and it's user interface looks decent. That seems to pretty much exhaust the list of chess clients available for linux. I guess it's time to look at windows apps that can be installed under wine or to look for a combined engine/client.