Hello Friends, I am pleased to announce the release of the first state of the art Chess program for the blind called Winboard 4.5 for JAWS. This is a modification of the popular WinBoard/Xboard program. This program is for the blind, low visioned and persons who can not use a mouse and is free software under the GNU Public License. The program uses the JAWS screen reader to recite the moves, positions and other board conditions and is completely keyboard accessible. It can connect to Internet Chess Servers such as FICS (Free Internet Chess Server at freechess.org) where members and guests play in real time. Available languages in addition to English are German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Russian and translators are welcomed to the project. The program provides Chess engine opponents and can output positional analysis with today's strongest Chess engines. The Houdini engine is just released and IS the world's strongest chess program and is free and may be added to Winboard as can any Winboard or UCI protocol Chess engine. The program is provided with two Chess engines, the immensely strong Fruit engine, for standard chess and analysis, and FairyMax, that plays some variant types of chess. Many other variants are compatible, some for the very first time in any Chess GUI. These include Chinese Chess, Shogi, Fischer Random, Losers, Atomic, Crazyhouse and 8 by 10 boards for Capablanca, Gothic and Janus variants. Winboard 4.5 for JAWS uses the standardized PGN format into which all the games of the today and of the great master may be found. Winboard 4.5 for JAWS is free and available at the Winboard forum at the link at the very end of this paragraph. The download link to the program follows the first link on the page which directs readers to the Freedom Scientific Site in case they need a demo version of JAWS, which is fully functioning for 45 minutes and then required a system reboot. I am eager to answer all questions and provide personal help to use the program. Best Regards, Dave Acevedo http://www.open-aurec.com/wbforum/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=51528&start=1

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