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    Best XBoard Alternatives

    XBoard is described as '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' and is a Chess app in the games category. There are more than 50 games similar to XBoard for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Online / Web-based, Android and Mac. The best alternative is Lichess, which is both free and Open Source. Other XBoard like games are Chess.com, Scid vs. PC, Lucas Chess and Chessmaster.

    This page was last updated Apr 8, 2022
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    XBoard, also known as WinBoard on Microsoft operating systems, is a free graphical user interface client developed by Tim...
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      Lichess is the most complete chess experience, with a simple interface that focuses on the game, a massive array of game related tools and a huge, worldwide community.
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      Play chess online with millions of players around the world! Enjoy free unlimited games and improve your chess rating with 50,000+ tactics puzzles, interactive lessons and videos, and a powerful computer opponent. Unlock your inner chess master today!


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      Shane's Chess Information Database is a powerful Chess Toolkit, with which one can create huge chess databases, run engine analysis, or play casual games against the computer or online with the Free Internet Chess Server.
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      The aim is to play chess against the computer with increasing levels of difficulty and with a limited number of hints that are given by a chess tutor.
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      Chessmaster is a chess playing computer game series which is now owned and developed by Ubisoft. It is the best-selling chess franchise in history, with more than five million units sold as of 2002.

      Discontinued

      No new releases since 2008. But the old games get some solid praise for teaching features—might be worth a try.



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      Consolidated view of all your chess games from chess.com, lichess, grandmaster games or custom pgn. Prepare against your opponents by analyzing at their games and see which openings work for you.
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      Arena is a free Graphical User Interface (GUI) for chess. Arena helps you in analyzing and playing games as well as in testing chess engines. It runs on Linux or Windows. Arena is compatible to UCI and Winboard protocols.
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      Fritz is the world’s most popular chess program, developed by ChessBase, “the world's leading chess software company” (Washington Post).
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      lishogi.org is a fork from lichess.org rewritten for shogi. The site is in its early stages of development, there are going to be bugs and missing features, but we are trying to improve the site as much as we can everyday.
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