I want to host my own chess server (just in my home network, nothing public) to play chess with some friends.

I did some research on it and found out that the protocol used to realize a chess server is called - like the server - ICS. The results I've found were very vague, most of them point to the existing big hosters like freechess.org, chess.com etc.

Are there any tools to host an own chess server?

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    I have not done this before (I am in the process of setting it up now) but the lichess source code is available publically. If you go look here github.com/ornicar/lila/wiki/Lichess-Development-Onboarding , you might be able to setup a local server with lichess.
    – chackerian
    Jul 28, 2016 at 18:34
  • @chackerian Hey, thanks ;) I'll check that out.
    – TuringTux
    Jul 28, 2016 at 18:36
  • That should work if you get it setup. Someone just told me.
    – chackerian
    Jul 28, 2016 at 18:44

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You can setup lichess locally with this guide: github.com/ornicar/lila/wiki/Lichess-Development-Onboarding. The creator of lichess said this should work over irc.

  • Probably even lichess.org "Play with friends" serves my purposes... + 1 for pointing out lichess.org exists ;)
    – TuringTux
    Jul 29, 2016 at 9:36
  • I thought you were looking for a way of hosting your own service. Yeah lichess and chess.com and ICC probably all have play with friend like functionality.
    – chackerian
    Jul 30, 2016 at 6:12
  • Yes, I am looking for a way of hosting an own service - you're right and thank you for your answer. I just found out that probably my reasons for hosting an on server have become obsolete - which doesn't change anything on the correctness of your answer though. Hope I could solve this mistake ;)
    – TuringTux
    Jul 30, 2016 at 13:56

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