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bonixavier 04-09-2011 02:01 AM

How can I play chess using either eboard or xboard?
 
I've tried starting them both, xboard won't even start. I googled e and xboard slackware and only got links to the mirrors in the first couple of pages, I skimmed through the man pages, but I couldn't figure out how to get either of them working. All I could do is start a game in eboard using play vs the computer - play vs generic program, but then the computer doesn't move. How should I invoke the game to get it working?

Sorry if the question is stupid, folks. Similar threads didn't help much either.

kkady32 04-09-2011 02:43 AM

I use eboard to play chess in FICS (free internet chess server)
you must make an account in www.freechess.org (FICS) and used the id and pass from here to use in eboard
indicate is to install the timeseal for eboard
for xboard,to play against a chess engine,you need an chess engine like crafty,toga2,stockfish etc
for UCI chess engines(like toga2,stockfish) you need an program named polyglot
easy is to install crafty and play with xboard and start like this:
xboard -fcp crafty

gapan 04-09-2011 05:15 AM

eboard: Open the Peer menu/Play against engine/Generic engine/click ok. The computer will use the gnuchess5 engine that is already installed.

xboard: install the fairymax package from the salix repositories.

kkady32 04-09-2011 05:21 AM

or from terminal:
xboard -fcp gnuchess

Alien Bob 04-09-2011 06:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kkady32 (Post 4318972)
or from terminal:
xboard -fcp gnuchess

The desktop menu for KDE/XFCE and others was patched to run "xboard -fcp gnuchess" so starting it from the menu will work without having to install additional software.

Eric

kkady32 04-09-2011 06:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alien Bob (Post 4319012)
The desktop manu for KDE/XFCE and others was patched to run "xboard -fcp gnuchess" so starting it from the menu will work without having to install additional software.

Eric

i use XFCE and when i start xboard from menu then i have an error:failed to start first chessprogram fairymax on localhost

Alien Bob 04-09-2011 06:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kkady32 (Post 4319024)
i use XFCE and when i start xboard from menu then i have an error:failed to start first chessprogram fairymax on localhost

Yes, that is the default behaviour. It was patched for Slackware 13.37 ... are you running Slackware 13.1?
You can fix that by editing the file "/usr/share/applications/xboard.desktop", then change the line
Code:

Exec=xboard
to

Code:

Exec=xboard -fcp gnuchess
Eric

kkady32 04-09-2011 06:56 AM

thanks AlienBoB
yes ,I use Slackware 13.1
working now

bonixavier 04-09-2011 09:10 AM

Thank you folks for helping me with that. I use Fluxbox with a custom menu so I had to add the - fcp gnuchess by myself. I'll have a look at the recommended engines too. Registering in FICS as we speak. Solved.

MannyNix 04-09-2011 03:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bonixavier (Post 4319142)
...I'll have a look at the recommended engines too...

Let me recommend shredderchess too. I bought the Linux version and I'm very pleased with it. There's a demo version if you want to try it.


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