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Winboard 4.2.7

  • Submitted By: chessbot
    Submitted On: 5/13/07, 12:07 PM
    Category: PGN Utilities
    Publisher: Tim Mann
    OS: 95, 98, Win NT, 2000, 2003, ME, and XP
    License: Free
    Filename: winboard-4_2_7a.exe
    File Size: 5.3689MB
    Downloads: 26550
  • 7 votes: +++++/-


XBoard and WinBoard are graphical user interfaces for chess. They display a chessboard on the screen, accept moves made with the mouse, and load and save games in Portable Game Notation (PGN). They serve as front-ends for many different chess services, including:

Chess engines that will run on your machine and play a game against you or help you analyze, such as GNU Chess, Crafty, or many others. A list of compatible engines is available.

Chess servers on the Internet, where you can connect to play chess with people from all over the world, watch other users play, or just hang out and chat. A list of compatible servers is available.

Correspondence chess played by electronic mail. The CMail program (which works with XBoard only) automates the tasks of parsing email from your opponent, playing his moves out on your board, and mailing your reply move after you've chosen it.

PGN viewer. You can use XBoard or WinBoard as a viewer and creator for game files recorded in PGN (standard chess notation).

XBoard runs on Unix systems, while WinBoard runs on 32-bit Windows systems, including Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, 2003, ME, and XP. Tim Mann is the primary author of both, though there have been many other contributors.


  • by aradhana108

    Getting error message while installation

  • by shobhith17

    whats vanity fairs elo rating

  • by NM urutodo

    Great program.  When will it work on Windows 8 ??  

  • by YourBizzWizz

    The file I download is NOT a zip file:

    Name: winboard-4_2_7a     Type: Application      Size: 5,498kb

    I am on Windows 8.  Any assistance would be appreciated.

    the .exe file isn't a Zip file.  Here is an image of error windows that pop up when I run it on my Win. 8 machine.  Any suggestions?  Thank you.

  • by wederpacheco

    how strong is this engine?

  • by sreerag1998

    excellent product

  • by sooperhop

    works fine on windows 7. 

    1. unzip the the "winboard-4_2_7a.exe" to a folder.  I used winrar to unzip.

    2. in the unzipped folder find the setup.exe file and RIGHT Click it, choose "Properties"

    3. go to "Compatibility" tab.

    4. Check Mark "Run this program in compatibility mode for:

    "Windows XP (Service Pack 3)"

    5. Check Mark "Run this program as an administor"

    6. Click "Apply", then "OK"

    7. double left click the "setup.exe" file to install.

  • by MelvinDoucet

    no windows7 version?

  • by GurujitMedhi10

    Dear Producer/Programer,

    How can I (1) adjust the engine's ELO rating ( like in Fritz 8 we can) so that we ameteurs can play with it without frustarion. Say, I like to play with a chess player (Human or machine ) not more than ELO 1900.

    (2) Take a printout of a specific position for study it in a real board later.

    Thanks, wish you all a Very Happy New Year.

    Gurujit Medhi


  • by firstdream


    i use it all the time!

  • by fadhoula2030

    Is so good for me !!!

  • by kokino


    I can't install it.

  • by BladeRunner

    This is what I use when playing on FICS, playing back my games for review and making self-analysis videos of my games. It is a very simple program, yet highly configurable and flexible.  A wonderful program that I would not be without.
  • by Unbeliever


    Very good product.  It can be used with multiple Chess Engines such as Crafty and or Rybka, and is simple and easy to use.  The only downside is that the interface is slightly confusing in regards to opening and storing PGN files.
  • by borhan21


    simple but yet quite good training tool
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