I really missed playing chess with someone who know how to play, I am looking for a good program to play chess online from ubuntu computer. Any Ideas?


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On ubuntu, you can download Firefox, Chrome, or any other browser of your choice. From within that browser, go to lichess.org, chess.com, or chess24.com, create a free account, and play against others online.

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    Or xkcd: xkcd.com/934
    – Ian Bush
    Commented Jul 15, 2019 at 8:04
  • @NoseKnowsAll Mine too. Also I think it is worth mentioning that lichess is free, open source and libre (repository). You can play without any account. You don't have to register. It is a good things that you mention two others choices so people can compare and play with us on lichess :)
    – aloisdg
    Commented Jul 16, 2019 at 7:52
  • Or www.GameKnot.com
    – mbomb007
    Commented Jul 16, 2019 at 18:25

With Winboard or Arena, you could play also in chess servers, like FICS --free-- or ICC or several others that are listed in this article on chess servers on Wikipedia.

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    He would be better using XBoard than WinBoard (which is a Windows port of XBoard)
    – Ángel
    Commented Jul 15, 2019 at 22:26
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    @Ángel Yes you are right. I omit the right name for linux systems: XBoard. Thanks.
    – djnavas
    Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 20:09

If you'd like a lightweight CLI experience, and you have telnet enabled, try 'telnet freechess.org' on the command line.

  • OMG I tried it, hats off for the approach on ASCII art, but it's very difficult for me to get used to that board. Commented Nov 5, 2021 at 12:40

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