Hello everyone. I came across this and figured it might be of interest to Chess players in the blind community.

Michael Feir
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----- Original Message ----- From: "Flor Lynch" <florl...@iol.ie>
To: <jaws-users-l...@jaws-users.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 09, 2009 7:58 AM
Subject: [JAWS-Users] Free advanced Chess program for Windows - WinBoard 4.4for JAWS

----- Original Message -----
From: cur...@calweb.com

Sent: Wednesday, September 09, 2009 9:09 AM

Subject: Free advanced Chess program for Windows - WinBoard 4.4 for JAWS

Hello Friends,

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 keyboard access.

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 format file.

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 programmer.

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:


David D. Acevedo

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