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#1 2018-04-09 00:25:12

dbickin
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Chess game reccomendation

Apologies if this is the wrong sub-forum.

I haven't played chess since high school so some... oh, I don't know if I count that high... 30+ years ago.

A friend asked me to teach her to play chess. I showed her the basic moves, and she walked away laughing that I thought she could remember all that. Whatever.

But it did spark an interest in that I realized I can't remember any of the strategy I knew.

So what I would like to do is install a simple chess game, where I can try to re-hone my skills. I've tried searching for one, but they inevitably start talking about chess engine backends, and my eyes glaze over and go... WTF!?

I have Slitaz in a virtual box, and it comes preinstalled with a chess game; the menu says nanochess, but when you launch it the window title is toledo chess, or maybe tuxedo chess. It seems to do what I want. But I can't find any of those three names in the Debian repository. And I'd rather not fire up a virtual machine just to play a game of chess.

So... any recommendation or pointers on what I would need to install on bunsenlab to be able to launch the program and play a simple game against the computer?

Thanks,
David

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#2 2018-04-09 01:26:50

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Re: Chess game reccomendation

xboard

eboard

gnome-chess - this one might bring in all tghe gnome-games or a bunch of gnome.


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#3 2018-04-09 02:42:51

dbickin
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Re: Chess game reccomendation

Thanks. Looks like xboard will do what I want.

David

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#4 2018-04-09 14:58:18

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Re: Chess game reccomendation

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#5 2018-04-09 18:25:55

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Re: Chess game reccomendation

A lot of Linux chess games are graphical interfaces to chess engines. My preferred combination is xboard GUI and stockfish chess engine.

A great way to play computer chess which I enjoy is via web UI @ https://lichess.org (you can get paired with a human player or play against the computer).


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#6 2018-04-09 21:12:18

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Re: Chess game reccomendation

Debian have a chess metapackage:

https://packages.debian.org/stretch/games-chess


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#7 2018-04-10 19:36:07

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Re: Chess game reccomendation

^ will that install backend(s) and frontend(s) in one go and make them work ootb?

anyhow, i have xboard installed and remember fiddling with it (the backends) a while ago, but then just left it at the defaults and it works well enough.
in other words, just install a frontend, chances are it will Just Work (tm).

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#8 2018-04-11 09:03:13

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Re: Chess game reccomendation

ohnonot wrote:

will that install backend(s) and frontend(s) in one go and make them work ootb?

Oh yes, it basically installs everything chess-related in Debian glasses

The only problem will be the profusion of chess programs on offer if an auto-generating menu system is employed  monkey


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