I recently found a neat feature of Apple's Chess program that allows the player to speak moves, and the computer to speak back moves which makes blind chess very simple and comfortable.

There are a few quirks with the program though. I sometimes stutter when I speak and the Chess program too often interprets what I say as "Undo" with no auditory indication that it undoed. This leads to desyncs between the game the computer's playing and the game in my head.

Is there a program with similar speech-to-move functionality except more refined? I'm okay with the limited commands I can give but I can't deal with my games taking back moves with no indication I can observe. Note: Speaking my moves is very important because I'd like to lie down and relax without keeping my hands on the keyboard to type in moves.

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    Can you provide a link to the program, add which languages it supports for voice recognition and add whether it speaks back to you the moves it makes?
    – Tsundoku
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 18:38

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There is a website dedicated to playing chess by voice command: https://sites.google.com/site/chesswithvoice/

I didn't check it but apparently it gives instructions on using the Interfaces Arena or Fritz using voice command.

Maybe you'll find some interesting possibilities there.

  • @ BlindKungFuMaster, the link you provided does not work. Please change it so others don't find it unhelpful.
    – user26887
    Commented Mar 7, 2021 at 20:02

Nimzo Guernica 2.2.1, an old DOS program published in 1993, had extensions for physically blind people including voice output. But I have no idea if it is operable on today's hardware and I assume it lacked speech recognition. But as you can train keyboard commands to a speech recognition program, you can run every chess program that allows for them with it.

  • The program I'm looking for has voice-to-move functionality.
    – JPtheK9
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 16:43

Based on your title your question is not clear with regard to voice command for the blind. But Braille chess has been available for years. There are a number of groups specifically for this. The Braille Chess Association of Ireland

I am sure there are many US based as well.

The chess.com web site has a good article about the history of Blind Chess... history of blind chess playing

I am sure there is further info on their site about software.


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