PORTABLE CHESS SYSTEM
Latest version allows you to connect Gavon to a SolusChess or DGT board
Josu Bergara Ede has developed a new portable chess system based on the Raspberry Pi.
It enables you to play chess without connecting either to a PC or monitor.
When the Raspberry Pi boots it will automatically load the Gavon chess program.
Solus Chess is a new program written by 'Berger' a software & hardware engineer from Spain. It has been produced for the Teensy USB Development Board and enables you to build your own PC and Android auto sensory board with reed switches and diodes similar to mine in the above pictures and in the video below.
Not only has 'Berger' written this program, he has also produced a excellent web site that gives you an easy step-by-step guide on how to build PC chess boards.
Solus Chess software is available free from his web site which can be found at the following link.
Please have a look as I'm sure you will find it very interesting.
Above my Solus Chess board connected to an Apple iPad running a special version of
SmallChess containing the strong Stockfish chess engine.
Above my Solus Chess board connected to a Android Pocket Scroll tablet running
'Chess' by Jeroen Carolus.
Details of the app can be found at the following link.
Above my Solus Chess board connected to a Samsung Q1 tablet PC
Alternatively more photos and diagrams are available here at my other site
Android USB Board
Frank has built a nice USB board that connects to an Android tablet using Matt's SISH software together with a Teensy USB Developement Board and Momentary tactile switches under each square.
Frank didn't alter Matt's original software in any way.
Not all Android devices work as you have to have at least Android 4.0 with Ice Cream Sandwich and the OTG USB cable too.
Make sure your Android tablet has the USB hosting capabilities.
Frank used the Android App called "Chess" by Aart Bik because this accepts keyboard input that is essential as Matt's SISH software emulates a keyboard.
Video of Frank's board in action below.
Chess with Voice Project
Now it is possible play chess against Fritz and Arena plus also play online with Playchess
by using only your voice commands.
This is possible by using special voice recognition software and a Arduino Micro USB Developement Board developed by Javier.
To find out more press on the link below
Arduino & Raspberry PI Chess Computer
This site describes a fully working chess computer that recognises piece positions using reed switches and signals its move using a LED on each square.
It runs from an Arduino which controls the board, connected to a Raspberry PI which runs the chess engine Stockfish and a chess rules library called Chessboard.
To find out more please click on the link below.
An interesting article by Javier Cuesta who describes how he transform a
Novag Aquamarine Maestro chess computer into a USB PC board.
Click on the link at the top of the page.
*** IMPORTANT NOTICE ***
Because the Dream Cheeky USB chess board is no longer in production and stocks are now hard to come by, Matt the USB software developer has now designed a new type of USB chess board interface.
Based on the Teensy USB Development Boards, Matt has named his project 'Sish - Computer Interfacing DIY Chessboards'. As this web site describes how to build chess boards using the Dream Cheeky USB Control Unit, these can now easily be replaced by the Teensy USB Development Board running Matt's new software.
Details of Matt's new project and more can be found at;
Arena now works perfectly with Matt's new software
Details of my new Teensy board can be found by clicking the above Index section
Above photo is the new Teensy board interfacing with Arena Chess
A step by step guide on how to build a cheap and easy USB chess board that connects to the Dream Cheeky USB sensory chess board control unit that will enable you to play against chess programs such as Fritz and Chessmaster.
I have designed three different types of boards.
Firstly a full size wooden chess board shown that uses momentary switches to relay the moves.
Secondly is a full size vinyl press sensory board that uses self adhesive aluminium foil tape to relay the moves.
Thirdly a modern designed full size semi rigid plastic board that sits on top of the momentary switches.
I hope that after looking at my designs you might decide to try and build something similar. If you do then please send photos of your completed board and I will include them in the 'Gallery' section.
The new USB communication software has been produced by Matt “Fragilio” on Chess.com.
Read about Matt's announcement of his new software in the 'Software' section plus read about the first DIY board built by Jimmy Patterson on the link below.
If you have any questions about my boards please email email@example.com
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Initially this site was developed to give chess players a step-by-step guide on how to build a full size press sensory chess board that connected to the control unit of the Dream Cheeky USB PC chess board. This and by using a new piece of software written by Matt 'Fragilio' could then let you play against strong chess programs such as Fritz and Chessmaster instead of the extremely weak chess software found within the Dream Cheeky. A year or so later because the Dream Cheeky chess board production stopped and supplies where increasingly hard to find, Matt decided to design his own USB chess board interface based on the Teensy USB Developement Board. He named his software SISH which details can be found below together with a link to his own web site. As a natural progression to this, other chess computer enthusiasts have been busy designing their own types of USB chess boards and details of these can also be found below. Please take some time to read about all these projects as they might give you the enthusiasm to try and build some kind of USB chess board yourself.