I want to play chess with my friend, both of us use the xboard chessboard. We don't often have access to internet connection and we want to play chess using two different computers; the game should be hosted locally.

Any ideas how to accomplish this? Thanks in advance!

  • Is there any alternative way to play chess using two computers? – 0x0584 Jan 17 '17 at 14:17
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    if you are using two computers physically very close to another, you might ditch the computers and use a physical chess board instead – Phillip -Zyan K Lee- Stockmann Jan 17 '17 at 14:25
  • @Phillip-ZyanKLee-Stockmann and what if we want to set far from each other and have a chess game at the same time? – 0x0584 Jan 17 '17 at 14:28
  • Yes, there are other ways to play chess online that don't require xboard or any other local client (just a web browser). Running your own local server is possible, but not necessary, and guiding you through that process is likely to be too broad for a single question. – JigglyNaga Jan 17 '17 at 14:42
  • We don't often have access to internet connection, that's why I want a local game.. can you please give me links instead of writing an answer, that would be great @JigglyNaga – 0x0584 Jan 17 '17 at 14:52

Xboard has the ability to play on a chess server, but it doesn't provide one of its own. To run your own local server, you will need to find some server software that implements the Chess Engine Communication Protocol.

One currently-maintained example is called capablanca - it's based on the older chessd (whose last release, described as "alpha", is timestamped 2008) and an enhanced Lasker version (whose source links are dead). There are detailed installation instructions in the README (too long to reproduce here).

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