ATI Free advanced Chess program for Windows - WinBoard 4.4for JAWS
dhuff at moblind.org
Wed Sep 9 07:04:25 CDT 2009
From: curtis at calweb.com
Sent: Wednesday, September 09, 2009 9:09 AM
Subject: Free advanced Chess program for Windows - WinBoard 4.4 for JAWS
I'd like to introduce a free advanced Chess software program for Windows for
the totally blind and persons needing audio announcements and /or full
It is called Winboard 4.4 for JAWS. It uses any Windows version of the JAWS
screen reader to announce the chess moves and other selected content to the
player. Winboard is used world wide and represent the state of the art in
free Chess software.
Winboard 4.4 for JAWS functions to play chess on the internet at ICS servers
(Internet Chess Servers), namely the "Free Internet Chess Server" more
commonly known as "FICS", and also provides Chess position analysis through
adaptable, Grand Master strength, free and commercial "Chess Engine"
programs. In addition you can saves and review games in the popular PGN
Until now no advanced, ICS compatible Chess software was available to the
blind and sight impaired or handicapped in any form. This is solely a
volunteer, non-profit effort undertaken by myself and H.G. Muller, the chief
A version of this program called Winboard for JAWS was released in 1999 at
Freedom Scientific under the GNU Public License but functioned poorly and
could not connect to the ICS servers at all.
This repaired version is updated with the latest WinBoard code and is a
significant advancement over regular WinBoard with new functionality added
by the programmer H.G. Muller. I asked him to repair WinBoard for JAWS after
I had become friends with a blind player at FICS and saw his Telnet access
to the server was sub-optimal. Further he had no access to Chess engine
analysis. Please spread the word to the blind and handicapped. This software
is ad-ware and mal-ware free and absolutely safe and non-invasive.
Please see details and free download at the WinBoard Forum here:
Sincerely, David D. Acevedo
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