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Linux Chess GUI that's good for engine matches/tournaments

Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:22 am
by zd3nik
I recently updated the OS on my machine to CentOS7, which unfortunately only provides a 64-bit version of wine. Which means I can no longer run Arena Chess GUI under wine.

I've looked around for "good" chess GUIs for linux in the past and came up short. The most important criteria to me is the ability to plug in UCI chess engines, run engine matches, EPD tests, and engine tournaments.

Anyone know of a good alternative to Arena that meets the criteria above? Or better yet, anyone know where I can get a 64-bit build of Arena?

Thanks,
Z

Re: Linux Chess GUI that's good for engine matches/tournamen

Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:34 am
by hgm
XBoard, of course.

Re: Linux Chess GUI that's good for engine matches/tournamen

Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:35 am
by Evert
I think recent XBoard has all the features you want; otherwise it just lacks the EPD test suite support.

As far as I know though, 64 bit Wine allows you to run 32 bit Winows binaries. Have you tried it? If it indeed doesn't, there should be a "wine32" package in the package manager.

Re: Linux Chess GUI that's good for engine matches/tournamen

Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:46 am
by hgm
XBoard 4.9 does EPD test suites. (See http://www.gnu.org/software/xboard/what ... tml#tag-A5 .)

Re: Linux Chess GUI that's good for engine matches/tournamen

Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 1:05 pm
by royb
zd3nik wrote:I recently updated the OS on my machine to CentOS7, which unfortunately only provides a 64-bit version of wine. Which means I can no longer run Arena Chess GUI under wine.

I've looked around for "good" chess GUIs for linux in the past and came up short. The most important criteria to me is the ability to plug in UCI chess engines, run engine matches, EPD tests, and engine tournaments.

Anyone know of a good alternative to Arena that meets the criteria above? Or better yet, anyone know where I can get a 64-bit build of Arena?

Thanks,
Z
I do not run CentOS 7, but I do run a 64-bit version of wine and I can run Arena just fine. I cannot remember (it's been so long ago) if there were any specific things I had to do to run Arena under a 64-bit wine, but it does work. If you want me to dig further into this on my machine to see what was needed, I can do so for you, just let me know.

I run Linux Mint 17.3 (64-bit).

Re: Linux Chess GUI that's good for engine matches/tournamen

Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:48 pm
by menniepals
Under Mint Linux 64 bit, no problem with Arena or even Fritz 13.

Re: Linux Chess GUI that's good for engine matches/tournamen

Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 4:04 pm
by Daniel Mehrmann
cutechess-cli :D

Regards
Daniel

Re: Linux Chess GUI that's good for engine matches/tournamen

Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:09 pm
by hgm
Not a GUI, as far as I know...

Re: Linux Chess GUI that's good for engine matches/tournamen

Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 6:11 pm
by Evert
hgm wrote:XBoard 4.9 does EPD test suites. (See http://www.gnu.org/software/xboard/what ... tml#tag-A5 .)
But 4.8 does not. The new version may not yet be available through his package manager (but it can be installed by hand, of course).

Re: Linux Chess GUI that's good for engine matches/tournamen

Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 6:23 pm
by hgm
For an engine author installing a program from source can hardly be a problem.