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Play chess with Go, HTML5, WebSockets and random strangers!

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ChessBuddy

Play chess with Go, HTML5, WebSockets and random strangers!

Hint: Open the page in two different tabs, if there aren't any other visitors around.

Quick Start

ChessBuddy is compatible with Go 1. Use the go tool to install the latest version of ChessBuddy with the following command:

go get github.com/tux21b/ChessBuddy

This will install a new command ChessBuddy in your path (usually $GOPATH/bin/ChessBuddy). Start the HTTP server with the default arguments:

ChessBuddy -http=:8000 -time=5m

Visit http://localhost:8000/, wait for a friend and start playing a game of chess.

You can use go get -u github.com/tux21b/ChessBuddy to update ChessBuddy.

Features

  • web service connects all visitors in pairs and maintains the chess games
  • JavaScript client displays the chess board using the HTML 5 canvas API
  • Time control: 5 minutes (configurable) per side, sudden death
  • move history displays all moves using standard algebraic notation (SAN)

Missing / Planned Features

  • support for underpomotion (currently pawns are always promoted to queens)
  • add some animations to the javascript interface
  • add a couple of AI players (maybe by connecting another engine such as gnuchess or crafty) which can be selected if no other visitors are available
  • starting new games without refreshing the page

License

ChessBuddy is distributed under the Simplified BSD License:

Copyright © 2012 Christoph Hack. All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

  1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.

  2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER ``AS IS'' AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

The views and conclusions contained in the software and documentation are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing official policies, either expressed or implied, of the copyright holder.

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