Knights Chess Interface

"The Game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement; Several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired and strengthened by it, so as to become habits, ready on all occasions; for life is a kind of Chess, in which we have points to gain, and competition or adversaries to contend with, and in which there is a vast variety of good and ill events, that are, in some degree, the effect of prudence, or want of it."

- Benjamin Franklin, 1779

Monday, January 20th 2003
A new Knights for the new year, version 0.5.9 includes some major improvements over the last version. Some of the highlights are:
  • Massive speed improvements
  • Options-rich New Match window
  • Seek Graph for online match making
  • New dynamic tabs interface
And plenty more!
Knights now has it's own domain name: Please use this new domain name whenever you link to the Knights project. Thank you.

Friday, August 9th 2002
There is now a Red Hat 7.3 RPM available of Knights 0.5.6, as well as a themepack. Many thanks to Raoul Cadei for the packages.
The Free Internet Chess Server has opened a new message board called the FICS Forum, which includes a support forum for Knights here.

Wednesday, June 26th 2002
Several people reported a bug in Knights v0.5.6. It would not compile if you were using gcc 3.1. I believe I have found and fixed this problem ( with many thanks to our SuSE packager, Adrian Schroeter ). The fixed tarball has replaced the original, and can be downloaded now.
There is an interesting review of Chess Interfaces for Linux available at pro-linux ( In German ). Unfortunately Babelfish won't translate the whole page, so you'll have to copy and paste the Knights section to see what they say. Here's a snippet: "...probably is knights the best board for KDE and has the potential to become the best board for Linux at all."

Monday, June 24th 2002
A problem with our v0.5.6 Mandrake RPM has been corrected. If you downloaded that RPM and are having installation problems, this one should fix you up!

Saturday, June 22nd 2002
Time to break out your Murray Head CDs, because Knights v0.5.6 is here! This version moves Knights to KDE 3, improves graphics, adds mouse-wheel support, fixes a plethora of bugs, and includes translations in French, German, and Estonian. Over 50 documented changes.
Of course, what would a new Knights be without a new Themepack? v0.5.6 is available and includes 3 new themes.
To celebrate the new release, the Knights Project has introduced it's first official desktop wallpaper. You can show your support by downloading it in either 800x600, 1024x768, or 1280x1024.
As if this isn't enough, HouseOfFish Designs has released a port of Knights for your Zaurus! Click here for a precompiled binary, or here for the source code and screenshots.

Friday, April 19th 2002
Themepack v0.5.4 has been released, including the four new themes announced below.
Knights v0.5.6 is close at hand. It is for KDE 3, and includes many bugfixes and new features. It will also include a French translation.
Updated the Download and Install pages on the website.

Wednesday, March 20th 2002
As a birthday present for their dad, some young artists sculpted a chess set inspired by Bastian Salmela's Penguins theme. Great job!

Sunday, March 3rd 2002
Those of you who use OpenNIC can now reach us by browsing to knights.oss!

Friday, March 1st 2002
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KNIGHTS! I opened a new project in KDevelop exactly one year ago with the intention of bringing a friendly, feature rich chess game to KDE. While we still have a way to go before fully realizing that dream, I want to thank everyone who's submitted bugs, asked for features, sent in patches, written me with their support, and downloaded my project. I would have gotten bored and moved on to something else long ago without all of you!
To celebrate, I'm prereleasing four new themes that will be included in the next themepack: Brushed Liquid, Staunton Wood, XBoard 3D, and Knights Audio themes.

Tuesday, February 12th 2002
I've recently started at a new job, so my "Knights time" for the next few weeks will be limited while I get up to speed and into the groove of things.
As regular visitors can tell, I've changed the site to use php and css. I'm still new to both, so expect me to make many minor tweaks as time goes on.

Saturday, February 9th 2002
I just received word that there are precompiled SuSE binaries of Knights available! See the download section for links.
The download section has been reorganized in what I hope will be a sane manner. Feel free to drop by the knights-general list to tell me what you think.

Wednesday, February 6th 2002
I just released version, which fixes a critical bug that slipped into 0.5.4.

Monday, February 4th 2002
Version 0.5.4 is here! Please note that KDE 2.2.x is required, and you must be using aRts as your sound server for Knights' audio to work.

Saturday, January 19th 2002
Work on Knights v0.5.4 is going well, and includes several bugfixes, Audio, Drag&Drop Movement, ICS Premove, and numerous other improvements. Look for it in early February.
Added an item to the FAQ, made some other minor changes.

Monday, December 24th 2001
Happy Holidays!
Knights v0.5.1 fixes some critical bugs that made play over the internet impossible.

Wednesday, August 15th 2001
After you download KDE 2.2, be sure to grab the newest Knights, version 0.4.6! There are lots of new features and bugfixes. See the changelog for details.

Sunday, July 29th 2001
The Knights Project has released version 0.4.5, which improves upon the graphics AND works with more chess engines, like Crafty.

Tuesday, July 24th 2001
The Knights Project has made it's first file release. Version 0.4.4 is now available for download in a source tarball.

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