picochess running on a Raspberry Pi 7″ Touchscreen Display

Picochess runs not only on small displays like the KUMAN picochess release v0.77 instead it also runs on middle sized displays like this official 7” Touchscreen Display. Here is a video how to set it up (first)

Also Al buyed this display and here are some pictures from him running a picochess v0.75 on it (the newer releases will run even better) cause the 0.77 updates will also make the webserver display behave better on such touch screens.

7'' Display Raspberry from backwards

Picochess v0.75 running on official RaspberryPi Display7'' Display for RaspPi

Square Off – a new chess board

InfiVention Technologies started a new kickstarter project called “Square Off”. This board can move the pieces by itself. Wow! Really cool. You can get your board from them if you follow this Link. Lateron the price will increase.

square-off-the-most-evolved-chess-board-ever
During 7 days they managed to pledge their £40,000 goal and is now at £78,233. Delivery is planed in Apr 2017. Since the pieces are moved by the board itself, that offers alot of possibilities. First you can play with anyone over the world. For more details see their webpage.

Right now this board is controlled by a mobile application. Now, when i heard about this project i was thinking to implement an api to let the moves be made by our picochess. That would be fantastic.

For long picochess users talking about having a robot arm to move pieces for the computer, but this system is alot better. I only hope InfiVention find something to press the lever of the dgt clock. Anyway i will see how this project is going on and when they are in market maybe we can find a way to connect it to picochess.

Revelation II chess computer

Revelation II

Despite the DGT eBoard you can also use picochess with this RevelationII chess computer. I personally don’t have such Rev2 – honestly out of 2 reasons:

  • its too expensive
  • it only simulates an XL clock and the buttons (despite the lever) aren’t supported. I hope this two issues will be fixed soon 🙂

The positive things about it:

  • It has square LEDs. This allows picochess to display the move on the board. I really like this feature!
  • Rev2 simulates alot of famous old chess computers. My favourites Mephisto included.

For the moment thats all…I’ll write more about this Rev2 lateron. Last but not least, i want to show you a picture Al shot from his Rev2 at home. Its really cool..and running the picochess v0.75. Btw. the pieces are from best-men-ever. They make this Rev2 even better…but judge yourself:

revelation 2 chess computer

The DGT electronic boards

Jean-Francois Romang’s project to bring together an ARM computer with a DGT eBoard wouldn’t be possible without the passion of him and for sure on DGT side to build such nice chess boards. These boards btw. are used everywhere on GM-tournaments. Its alot of fun to play with a wooden chess board infront of you. I don’t like to play on a computer (maybe im too old fashioned), but feeling the DGT piece set is something different as playing with a mouse, ha. Here are some pictures for you:

dgt e-board wengedgt e-board rosewood

The DGT clocks (for picochess)

The DGT Clocks

DGT produces alot of different clocks. But i show you only the three types of clocks we can use together with picochess. This are DGT XL, DGT3000 and the DGT-Pi.

The XL is the oldest and provides 6 chars for display (plus some icons). Since the text is simulated on a 8 digit LCD, it can’t be read very well. It was my first electronic chess clock (bundled together with an electronic e-Board)

DGT XL-Clock (red)

Next, DGT released their DGT 3000 clock. This clock as 8 digits and most important it can display ASCII-Text, which makes it ideal for our picochess program (DGT XL is also working, but as said, the text is harder to read).

DGT 3000

In Oktober 2016 DGT will release their chess clock “flag-ship”. This is a DGTPi and that’s a big jump ahead…believe me. The response times are alot better, and it allows us to use the full 11 digits from the display. Inside the PI is a standard DGT3000 together with a RaspberryPI3 running picochess software. I’m gonna write a detailed article about this great product lateron…but see its picture here:

DGT PI

About Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a series of credit card-sized single-board computers developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

Several generations of Raspberry Pis have been released.The first generation (retrospectively known as the Raspberry Pi 1) was released in February 2012 in basic Model A and a higher specification Model B. Improved A+ and B+ models were released a year later. The Raspberry Pi 2 was released in February 2015 and Raspberry Pi 3 in February 2016.

Here a picture of the Raspberry 3:

pi3

The Foundation provides Raspbian, a Debian-based Linux distribution for download. This Raspbian is the base system for the images we picochess developers provide on http://dl.picochess.org. The images are btw. based on Jessie.