Playing chess online?

robh at robh at
Fri Dec 4 08:16:50 UTC 2009

What's wrong with stepping back a pace and re-looking at the old way, when
people used to do it by post with a real player.  We could do with a chess
club to this end;  but  sending very succinct emails, sms messages of
moves is the easiest thing in the world and each follows the plot on their
own real board and pieces. People used to play chess across the world like
this before the net was invented, so it would be helped by the turn-around
time of this additional coms medium. With news groups and dedicated email
lists;  you could have multiple public games even;  so long as only two
parties dictated their respective moves;  spectators could follow for
their interest or critical analysis.


> Samuel Thibault <sthibault at> wrote:
>> A blind colleague of mine was looking for a way to play chess online.
>> Gnuchess is textmode but doesn't play online. Playing FICS by hand is
>> not really easy. I haven't found a textual frontend for FICS, only
>> graphical frontends which draw the board by hand and thus aren't
>> accessible.
>> Any idea?
> This might be promising.
> Package: emacs-chess
> New: yes
> State: not installed
> Version: 2.0b5-3
> Priority: extra
> Section: games
> Maintainer: Mario Lang <mlang at>
> Uncompressed Size: 1,585k
> Depends: emacs22 | emacs21
> Recommends: emacs-chess-pieces
> Suggests: gnuchess | phalanx | crafty
> Description: a client and library for playing Chess from Emacs
>  emacs-chess is a chessboard display for Emacs which allows to to play
> Chess
>  from within Emacs. It can also be used to play via Internet Chess Servers
>  against other human opponents. emacs-chess is still in beta, read the
> Info
>  manual to get started.
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