Last Month in Knights

It’s almost a full month since the 2.2 release, and I’m proud to say there are some new features in your future favourite chess program.

The first thing I did was to add support for the different dialect of the XBoard protocol that is spoken by some engines. Knights now supports GnuChess, Crafty, Sjeng, Sloppy, Phalanx, Fruit, and probably many more which I didn’t test.

Another is the introduction of several protocol-dependent actions such as Undo-Redo, proposing Draws and Resigning.

Time control got some little love too, so you can specify either conventional Fischer-style timing or FICS-style incremental clock. I’m sure the usability of the dialog could be improved, I’d be grateful for any suggestions here.

There is also the oft-requested feature from eBoard: The Seek Graph. I used a KPlotWidget, much better than trying to figure out label placement by hand.

And last but not least, both chat and console interaction with the chess server

Unfortunately, due to lack of an exposed API, I could not use the Konsole widget for the console and had to come up with my own.

As usual, comments from any usability experts and/or chess player are welcome.


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by J on 8. January 2011 at 03:05

    future and past favorite chess programm : )
    great work us usual!


  2. Posted by Silvio Grosso on 8. January 2011 at 08:15

    THANKS a lot indeed for your work!

    You rock 😉


  3. Zdaj je pa že dovolj dober špil, da si ga posnamem na Kubuntu na macu 😀


  4. Posted by otr on 9. January 2011 at 03:19

    This is awesome; great work. Console+seek graph and dedicated chat panel make it already on a par with eboard. Timeseal support would be nice, but that’s only really important for blitz addicts.

    Tip for other chess players: Now that Knights supports the xboard protocol, it also by extension supports all UCI engines through polyglot. Stockfish is the strongest open-source engine (second-strongest overall behind Rybka) and it uses UCI.


  5. Posted by Hans on 30. August 2011 at 20:53

    The server Fics (USA) developed to more or less a free insult chess server.
    Very bad managed with abusers as admins.
    Never use fics if you want your PC safe. Some interfaces are spyware.
    30+ years exp. from comps and 16 from IT-chess since the time of ICS (1994)


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