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AppEngine GO
This is the ancient game of Go, implemented as a web service for Google's AppEngine. You can see the latest bits running at -- I will always run them there, on my own dime. Currently, this service lets you set up a game of Go with a friend. There are no logins or passwords. When it's your turn, you get an email notification. Or, you can silence email and just leave your browser window open. It will update automatically when it's time for you to move.

The Baby software project includes a chess engine for XBoard, a chess program, a fractal program, and a set of CGI programs to make the web site. BabyChess can be used as an engine with XBoard.

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GNU Chess is a chess-playing program. It can be used to play chess against the computer on a terminal or, more commonly, as a chess engine for graphical chess frontends such as XBoard.

Dragon Go Server
The Dragon Go Server (DGS) is a place where you can play turn-based Go with other players from around the world. It functions more or less the same way as playing Go via email would, but the Dragon Go Server provides a graphical representation of the board and handles things such as time limits, scoring and ratings.

DGS players typically submit about five moves per week. Thus, games can be expected to take several weeks to complete. Some people play games much more quickly, and DGS enables a wide range of time limits. Playing Go in real time is not really possible here. Playing in "real time" means that both players are online at the same time and see their opponent's moves immediately, as they would when playing in person. A real-time game would take an hour or so to complete, and if two opponents are agreeable, that can be achieved on DGS, even though it is turn-based. If you prefer to play Go online in real time, you should try a real-time Go server such as KGS or IGS.

DGS has a user access quota and users are responsible for keeping queries per time-interval within a normal level. This should not affect most players.

DGS also provides discussion forums about Go generally and about DGS itself.

'Eboard' is a chess board interface for ICS (Internet Chess Servers, like FICS) and chess engines (like GNU Chess and sjeng) based on the GTK+ toolkit. It reads and writes games in PGN (Portable Game Notation). It provides a friendly user interface with input history, locked scroll back, and multiple board windows.

Fianchetto is a free chess tournament manager for swiss tournaments. It is not intended for on-line tournaments, but its aim is the management of traditional chess tournaments, those with a board and chess pieces. It reads a database of players from an ascii file, arranges the pairings for each round, and collects the results of the games.

Ghronos is a gaming clock mostly intended for chess and go. Features include hard button control for that "real chess clock" feel, selectable timing styles including Fischer and delay timing for chess, Canadian and Japanese byo-yomi timing for go, a standard countdown style, "black moves first" and "white moves first" options, sequential and per-player move counting, optional sound, the ability to pause, an easy-to-read display (with big numbers), simple configuration, and protection against accidental misconfiguration during game play.

Gnome Chinese Checkers
Gnome Chinese Checkers is an networked implementation of the Chinese Checkers board game, supporting upto 6 players. The game includes added goodies like an integrated chat window, player rotation, etc. This has been updated for Gnome 2.0.

'jaquemate' is a turn-based Web chess system that lets users play when as they have time. Users are notified over email when it is their turn. The user moves through a frontend that shows possible moves on mouseover of the pieces, moves the piece, confirms the move, and resubmitts the board to the server once the move is made.

Quickly finds a lot of solutions of the Knight's Tours problem described here on Wikipedia.

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