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Here's Some Chess

Some Chess (Board)Sometime around May 2006 I got this idea to make a Chess server that uses only PHP. There are lots of boring reasons for the PHP part, but the reason for making the server was that I had friends who I played chess with and a bunch of people (including myself) we’re moving all over the place so it would be difficult to keep playing. I don’t like Yahoo, mostly because they help China to imprison people exercising free speech, so I need another option. I couldn’t find anything that fit what I wanted, so I thought, “why not make it.”

And so I began writing Some Chess, for a while the project took over my life, now it’s more laid back. I’m proud of how well it seems to work and that feel like the program strikes a balance of ease and features while looking pretty nice. Best of all the project is open source, so anyone can install it on their own server for free— modifying it as they see necessary.

I’ve just released the fourth beta version of Some Chess 2.0, hopefully this will be the last beta needed. From here it is a matter of getting translations, so far I only got Spanish, though I’ve been told there is a German translation on the way.

If you’d like to see how it works, there is a demo server.

[tags]chess, chess program, chess server, mysql, open source, php, php chess, some chess, web chess[/tags]

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