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WinBoard Alternatives

WinBoard is described as 'Winboard works more as a graphic front-end for several different chess engines included with the game, as well as for several chess game modes. These include not only player vs player or human vs computer competitions, but also games played online and even by email' and is a Chess app in the games category. There are more than 10 games similar to WinBoard for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Android, Mac and PortableApps.com. The best alternative is Lucas Chess, which is both free and Open Source. Other WinBoard like games are Chessmaster, Chess Titans, XBoard and Arena.

WinBoard alternatives are mainly Chess Apps but may also be Board Games. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of WinBoard.
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  • FreeProprietary
  • Windows
  • Linux

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  1. Lucas Chess icon

    Lucas Chess

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com

    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

    • Windows

    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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  3. Chess Titans icon

    Chess Titans

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Chess Titans brings the classic strategy game of chess to life with three-dimensional graphics and animation. Highlighted squares show where you can move your pieces.

    Default interface from starting position.
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    XBoard

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com

    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.

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  5. Arena icon

    Arena

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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.

    Arena Chess GUI


  6. Brutal Chess icon

    Brutal Chess

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com

    Brutal Chess Brutal Chess features full 3D graphics, an advanced particle engine, and several different levels of intelligent AI, inspired by the once popular Battle Chess.

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    Jin

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Jin is an open source, cross platform, graphical client for chess servers, written in Java. Jin can run either as a standalone application (available at this website) or as an applet, directly from your browser (available at the chess server's website).

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  8. BabasChess icon

    BabasChess

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    BabasChess is a new revolutionary Internet Chess Client for Windows.

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  9. Thief icon

    Thief

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Thief is a free chess client written by Zon Jan to play on chess servers like the Free Internet Chess Server (FICS). Thief can be customized and supports regular chess and all variants like bughouse, crazyhouse, Losers, Suicide, Kriegspiel and others.

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    EazeGames

    • Online

    eSports platform for competing in game tournaments with cash prizes.

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