This manual page briefly describes the
eboard is a graphical chess board. It acts as an interface to
chess engines (like GNU Chess, Sjeng and Crafty) and Internet Chess Servers
(ICS) like FICS (http://www.freechess.org), and works as a browser
for chess games saved as PGN (Portable Game Notation) files.
eboard itself is not a chess engine: it wont play games, it will just act as
a graphical interface between programs that play games like
GNU chess (or ICS servers) and the end-user.
To move pieces click on the source square and then click to destination
square. Optionally, you may drag the piece from the source to the
destination square (you wont see the piece being dragged). To
drop pieces on crazyhouse and bughouse variants (ICS-only) right-click
the destination square and select the piece to drop from the popup
For help with ICS commands consult the server (most of them
have online help and help channels).
For help setting up associated programs (chess engines, timestamping, etc.)
see the documentation in /usr/share/doc/eboard or visit the
eboard web site at http://eboard.sourceforge.net. If the documentation
is not installed in your system, you can find it in the source
distribution, available from the web site.