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PyChess is a gnome-inspired chessclient written in python. Licensed under the free GPL license.

The goal of PyChess, is to provide a fully featured, nice looking, easy to use chess client for the gnome-desktop.

The client should be usable both to those totally new to chess, those who want to take a game here and there, and those who wants to use the computer to further enhance their play.


  • CECP and UCI Engine support
  • Free online play on the FICS chess servers
  • Read and writes the PGN, EPD and FEN chess fileformats
  • Builtin python based engine
  • Undo and pause functions.
  • Board and piece animation
  • Drag and drop
  • Tabbed interface
  • Hints and spyarrows
  • Openingbook sidepanel using sqlite
  • Scoreplot sidepanel
  • "Enter game" in pgn dialog
  • Internationalised or figure pieces in notation
  • Optional sounds
  • Legal move highlighting
  • A nice and accesible look

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