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Last year I found a software engineer who had written some software that enabled you to play against Fritz on the Dream Cheeky USB chess board. 
As I already had designed a full size press sensory chess board that could connect to any dedicated chess computer, I found that it could also connect in the same way to the Dream Cheeky USB Control Unit. 
I therefore decided to produce a web site with a step by step guide on how to build this board and as time progressed, I've added a couple more board designs using different ways of relaying the board moves, http://usbchessboard.yolasite.com/
Unfortunately the Dream Cheeky board is no longer produced so Matt the software engineer has written a new piece of software for the Teensy USB Development Board that acts the same way as the Dream Cheeky.  The nice thing about the Teensy is that once you have programed it with Matt's software your computer will always recognize the Teensy software automatically.  You can therefore build a USB chess board as described on my website then go over to Matt's site to download his software for the Teensy  
Matt has named his new software 'Sish Chess' and his site can be found here http://sishchess.blogspot.co.uk/?m=0
With Matt's original Dream Cheeky software there where a few issues with certain chess programs like Arena but the new Teensy software works ok with any chess program that accepts keyboard move input like Fritz, Chessmaster and Arena. 
Have a look at our sites and build yourself a cheap full size board, I'm sure you will enjoy it. 
Bryan

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very nice project! Thank you Bryan.

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Thanks Steve
Our next project over the next twelve months is to incorporate the new Raspberry PI credit card size computer into our boards. This will contain it's own chess program plus have the ability to communicate with PC chess software plus also give us the opportunity to add LED's around the board to indicate the computers moves and an LCD.
Exciting times ahead.
Bryan

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Website updated for 2013.
New software to make your own auto sensory reed board.
http://usbchessboard.yolasite.com/
Bryan

descriptionDIY USB Chess Board EmptyRaspberry PI / Arduino driven Chess board

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Based on the various sites mention in these posts I have been able to build
a fully working chess computer that recognises piece positions using reed switches and signals its move using a LED on each square.

see: www.chess.fortherapy.co.uk

It runs from an Arduino which controls the board, connected to a Raspberry PI which runs the chess engine Stockfish and a chess rules library called Chessboard. It is completely self contained, just plug it in, press the green button and you are playing.
Chess Computer

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