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NameWinboard/Xboard ProtocolUCI ProtocolChessBase Protocol
Auto232ICS (FICS, ICC, etc.)Remarks
Aquarium & (Deep) Rybka - Aquarium
Houdini - Aquarium 2014
Houdini Chess Engine (UCI)
Rybka Chess Engine (UCI)
Aquarium GUI demo version
Rybka Classics
YesYesNoYesChessOkChessOK product, standalone application or bundle with Chess Assistant
Professional / Mega Package; Supports ctg book files; Aquarium can use
databases without converting them; in addition it has support for EPD
databases, AHB (hypertext books) and DSN (SQL based database)
ArenaYesYesNoYesYesFreeware. Beta releases are often buggy!, use last stable release only -
current edition requires at least Windows XP or Linux / Mac OS X with Wine
~ ChessBase or Polyglot
BabasChessYesYesNoNoYesFree GUI for online play; Engines can be used for analysis only and not for
playing
Bookup and Edition 2000
nowadays Chess Openings Wizard
MasterChess 8000
YesYesNoNoNoThis GUI is primarily for opening moves databases; Trial version (Freeware,
but with registration) and the commercial editions Express / Professional of
Chess Openings Wizard
C-Board - FreecodeYesNoNoNoNoFree GUI by Ben Kibbey; uses ncurses library for graphics; supports human
human, human-engine, engine-engine play, FEN-pasting
CheckmateYesNoNoNoYesFree GUI for online play; Engines can be used for analysis only and not for
playing
Chess Assistant I
Chess Assistant II
Houdini Chess Engine (UCI)
Rybka Chess Engine (UCI)
YesYesNoYesICCCommercial; Combination of database and playing program; ChessOK
product, standalone application or bundle with Aquarium (Professional /
Mega Package)  - software has a copy protection mechanism (Alexander
Zhuravlev, Convekta support: “You cannot move already installed CA 14
respectively Houdini 4 UCI from one folder to another , but installation on
any hard disk is possible (only outside of “program files” folder and including
admin rights.”)
ChessBase
ChessBase Reader
ChessBase Team Viewer
Programs I, II, III
Yes with adapterYes, but Deep Fritz GUI
does not support
the
input or external
command-line
parameters and
batch-files
YesYesPlaychessCommercial; Winboard engines are generally converted to UCI engines
using Malin's WBtoUCI adapter because of problems with the old WinBoard
adapter - with old GUI´s like Fritz 5.32 / 6, Nimzo 8 and Young Talents the
WinBoard adapter has problems - since Shredder 6 bundled with UCI1 -
applications with the file extension “engine” are generally supported, but
very old program versions (“eng”-files) cannot be loaded under current
64-bit graphical interface (Peter Schreiner, ChessBase support)
ChessCatYesNoNoNoNoPGN viewer and PGN writer - free for personal use
Chess for AndroidYesYesNoNoYesapplication which consists of a chess engine (Java edition derived from
BikJump) and an interface; PGN/FEN is supported for importing and
exporting games; engine-matches are possible, too - see survey
Chess Genius ClassicYes with
WinBoard-converter
Yes with Polyglot
UCI2WB
converter
NoNo (Millenium
WM-Paket
2000: Yes)
NoCommercial; tested with Shredder7.04 and Rybka 3 (both UCI); Trial
version is free, but has limited features; Supports Millenium Chess System
- the executable ChessGenius 5 on CD implies not only the engine, but
also the entire program and does not run on “Classic” interface
Chess GUIYesYesNoNoNoFreeware for Windows 2000 Pro and XP (pre-beta stage of conception)
with an additional feature for Java-programs (.jar-files); maximum of 5000
engines is supported; portable version since ChessGUI v0.155, too
Chess Hero
Chess Front
YesYesNoNoYesFreeware - training program with Toga II (former: Glaurung) default chess
engine; PGN files for random or customized positions; player has to decide
what is the best computed move by the engine - evaluations with positive
or negative results; special settings (thinking time / depth of searching /
size of the board etc.) are changeable; Microsoft Visual C++ 9.0 Runtime
is necessary
Chess Informant Expert (Lite)Crafty and Ruffian
(built-in engines))
YesNoNoYesCommercial (with activation key and user-id), available are many products
with the same notion clipboard function; text editor; supports CIE, CIR,
PGN, HTML, RTF; creation of own ECO tables; pressing the button
Chessmaster Grandmaster Edition
CM 9000
~ engine King 3.23
CM 10th edition
~ engine King 3.33
CM 11th edition
~ engine King 3.50
YesYes with
Polyglod UCI
WB converter
NoNoYescreate an Ubi.com account Commercial; Chessmaster 8000 and up is a
Winboard engine
Chess PartnerYes with adapterYesNoYesYesCommercial, but evaluation version for 30 days can be downloaded;
Native engines: LCHESS, Chess Tiger, Gandalf (no longer available) -
Chess Position TrainerYesYesNoNoNoCommercial (CPT Pro, trial period of 30 days) and Free Edition (with
limited functions) - software which was especially focused on training
courses (e.g.chess openings and and repertoire management);
supports EPD/PGN; XBoard/UCI-mode for analysis, but tournaments
engine vs. engine are not possible at the moment
Chess WizardNoYesNoNoNofreeware with Stockfish (~ default engine); GUI includes huge
database, suited to FRC
Crafty Chess InterfaceYesYes with adapter NoNoYesfree interface with actual Crafty engine and source code, requires
VB6-runtime-library , experimental version (alpha stage) - Crafty
CSBoardYesNoNoNoYesFreeware; Debian package - XBoard-GUI actually; uses GNU Chess as
playing engine, but tested with Crafty and Phalanx, too - project is
abandoned since many years (Nickolay V. Shmyrev)
Cute Chess-CLIYesYesNoNoNoGNU / Linux, OS X and Windows for 32-bit application including a
command line interface which is created for engine-matches - open
project with Source code -cutechess.cli does not have an
interactive graphical interface like Arena, it should be run with
command prompt (cmd.exe) for example cd C:\chess
DreamChessYesNoNoNoNoOpen Source Project (Windows / Linux / MacOS X) with several
features: Dreamer engine, 3D Open GL graphics /
provides various chessboard sets / Music
Pack for Windows and Linux

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http://www.shredderchess.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_chess

NameWinboard/Xboard ProtocolUCI ProtocolChessBase Protocol
Auto232ICS (FICS, ICC, etc.)Remarks
eboardYesNoNoNoYeseboard is a linux interface for playing online with xboard (v2)
compatibility, reads and writes chess games in PGN format
ECToolYes - WB 2NoNoNoNoEmail manager tool for correspondence chess
Emacs-ChessYesNoNoNoYesFree Linux package to play chess inside Emacs editor
ExaChessincluding Crafty,
GNUChess and ZZZZZZ
Yes, comes
with Fruit
NoNoNodatabase (CBF -no CBH- / NIC / own format);
chessboard and -publisher; it is possible to
play against it; commercial product, but ExaChess Lite
is freeware with restricted functions; notifies if an
updated release is available; requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
glChessYesYesNoNoYesfor Linux and Unix systems, has problems with the not well
documented ICS-protocol
Gnome ChessYesNoNoNoYesFree GUI chess client for the GNOME system
under Linux or other unix like systems
HIARCS Chess
Explorer (Mac OS X)
HIARCS Chess
Explorer (Windows)
NoYesNoNoYesremark commercial program for Windows / Mac OS X including
(Deep) HIARCS 14 engine; annotated / updated database;
extensive game notation; polylingual platform and many other
features; author sells his former products by ChessBase GmbH
H.O.R.S.T.
Heuristic
Opening
Repertoire
Specialist &
Trainer
NoYesNoNoNoCommercial, but demo-version for 30 days; implementation of
UCI mode for analysis and evaluation of positions, not suited to
engines-matches or playing human versus machine; contains PGN
support, database-functions, print of diagrams
ICC DasherYesYesNoNoICCFree; Dasher is a Windows program for connecting and playing on
Internet Chess Club - it was tested with the engines Crafty 20.14,
GNU Chess 5.07, Ruffian 1.0.1, Spike 1.2 and Zappa 1.1; default
engine is Stockfish
JoseYesYesNoNoNoFree graphical database; Windows, Mac OS X and Linux - built-in
engines: Spike and Toga
KvetkaNoYesNoNoNoFree GUI with Stockfish 2.2.2 engine; intended for game viewing and
analysis; in the near future Kvetka will not support two or more
engines simultaneously - so engines matches are impossible
(answer from Dimitry Bodyagin)
Lantern ChessYesYesNoNoICCopen source (GPL) for Windows / Linux / Macintosh; features: opening
in examine mode, multiple boards and consoles; collection of games
like Krieggsspiel, Crazyhouse, Minesweeper, Connect 4 etc., open PGN,
internal web browser
LiliaChessYesYes, adapter
included
NoNoLAN (remote)free graphical interface for engine matches or human against machine;
set-up of chess problems is supported; restart the play of any stage
from a game; four engines now are supplied:
Baron, Crafty, Critter, Stockfish
Lucas ChessNoYes No NoNofree training program that contains tactical combinations and several
degrees of difficulty - the loaded engine acts as “tutor” with hints for
the player; PGN Viewer included, description is available in French,
German, Portuguese and Spanish
Mayura Chess
Board
Yes with adapterYesNoNoNoFree - but the “Pro” version is commercial; Uses .NET; included engines
are Toga II 1.3.1 and Easy Peasy (= program with bad playing style);
WB2UCI-converter seems to have problems with the execution of moves
after leaving opening´s theory
Monochess
GNU Tarball
Yes - WB 2NoNoNoNointerface for Gnome / Linux; online play on ICS servers is a future project
My Amateur
Chess Engine
NoYesNoNoNono option for adjustments which were sent by the programs
(at the moment); only tested with iCE/mACE; engine versus engine -
matches are not possible
Net Blitz IIYesNoNoNoYesshareware (delay-ware); including Beowulf 2.3 beta 4 program; supports
Bughouse variant with piece-drops; has IM; connects players over a local
network or the Internet; especially for details about WinBoard protocol
(information by Sébastien Lachance)
NetChess
(Freeware)
YesYesNoNoICS, LANfront-end which allows playing chess between two humans /
human versus engine / program-matches; PGN / FEN / EPD converter
respectively viewer; IM and observe games; email-chess
NetChess
(Shareware)
YesNoNoNoYestrial period of 10 days; including Mustang 2.69 program; suitable to offline
play on the same computer / online matches via local network or Internet;
connection to game server; IP address detection; copy and paste of games
by clipboard-function; supports PGN / FEN format; highlighting last move;
selection of several chessboards; different sound and colour schemes
ngboard -
chess app for GTK
YesNoNoNoYesgraphical interface for Linux / BSD; playing against a computer is possible;
includes browsing / analysis of stored games; with implementation of
timeseal; Python prototype - download, compile and install the development
code
pChessNoYesNoNoNoMac OS X application (Freeware) with peaBrain engine; FEN-Viewer; copy
and paste of positions; supports FRC

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http://www.lkessler.com/cclinks.shtml
http://www.shredderchess.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_chess

NameWinboard/Xboard ProtocolUCI ProtocolChessBase ProtocolAuto232ICS (FICS, ICC, etc.)Remarks
PGN MentorCrafty engine to play games,
evaluation position, direct
interface and other functions
YesNoNoNocommercial; download-link is only generated during purchase PGN Mentor
[this information is given by Thomas Wendel];
demo version for non-registered users contains several built-in limitations;
database with position search / study program  for playing and publishing
chess games; analysis function; tree organization modes for PGN-files and
ECO code openings; supports GIF, JPEG, Bitmap and HTML formats to provide
chess diagrams
PyChessYesYesNoNoYesFree Linux graphical interface e.g. Fedora / Gentoo / Debian / Ubuntu with
tarball to download; including own built-in chess engine which was described
by Tamás Bajusz how it works with XBoard (no GUI-less installable version of
PyChess own engine itself), but far away to run on Windows today; supported
variants like FRC, Shuffle, Corner etc
Raptor Chess
Interface
YesYesNoNoBICS, FICSchess interface and pgn viewer; created for Windows / Linux / Mac OS X /
Solaris; successor of Decaf with MDI and console toolbar with many functions;
supports game statistics, ECO classification , PGN export to ficsgames.com
format, Jin chess set; contains an internal web browser; possibilities for chatting
SCID
Shane's
Information
Database
YesYesNoNoYesFree, open source chess database; built-in engines: Toga and Phalanx (patched);
Stockfish included (only current version). Project by Dr. David Kirkby is based on
code from Scid
Shredder UCI
[SMP]
Classic
(Windows)
Shredder UCI
[SMP]
Classic
(Linux)
Shredder UCI
[SMP]
Classic
(OS X)
Yes with WB2UCI converterYesNoYesNoCommercial for Windows / Linux / Mac; the author sells his products by ChessBase
GmbH, too (for example runs v5.32 ~ Fritz 6-GUI)
SliboYesNoNoNoYesFree, open source; KDE environment - comes with own chess program[/url]
Terrasch Chess GUINoYesNoNoNoFreeware that is easy to handle; contains with -built in- programs of its interface
[= symbol: three squares in red-violet-yellow colours] Rybka 2.3.2a-mp win32 and
the Tarrasch Toy Engine (both UCI); kibitzer´s function; variety of opening books;
setup of training positions ; full or partial blindfold modes
Thinkerboard
SieberNET
SkyDrive
YesNoNoNoNoFree, with Thinker engine included
Visor
InterAjedrez
NoYesNoNoYesapplication for study of games; contains curses; ebooks; database; Monte Carlo
analysis; online play via IP-address; electronic magazines and many more features
(website in Spanish and English language)
Wildcat GUIYesNoNoNoNoPrivateware
WinBoard
XBoard
(GNU Operating System)
YesYes, adapter
included
NoYes, with
adapter
YesFree, open source; H.G. Muller's improvement of Alessandro Scotti's Winboard “X”.
also supports variants; high-res boards; many more features; included engines:
ElephantEye, FairyMax, Fruit, HaQiKi D, Pulsar and Shokidoki;
- Amiga port (XBoard) by Jochen Wiedmann
WinChloeNoYesNoNoNocommercial (WinChloe and WinChloe Light) - software that allows to browse the
main database and has a bilingual (English / French) interface; system for analysis
and solving of chess problems, but not suitable to play with engines; contains copy
to a clipboard (RTF-format) and paste in a text editor; supports MS Word /
Open Office or Writer
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