What Is Chesspresso™?
Chesspresso™ is Java library to help developers in writing any kind of chess program. It is open-source (LGPL) and contains state-of the art algorithms to implement chess concepts.
What Is Chesspresso™ For?
When you always wanted to write a chess application but feared the effort
to implement all the necessary data structures and rules, Chesspresso™
is the just what you might be looking for.
Chesspresso™ wants to be the library you base your next Java chess-program on. It is prepared to a base for all kinds of chess applications, be it databases, game browsers, statistic programs, engines, front-end for internet chess servers, teaching programs, etc.
Chesspresso™ was actually not only a chess library, but a full
database program. Feel free to download
that version as well (not open-source). Recently, I decided to make the
core of the application open-source and call it Chesspresso™ as well.
I have not decided yet how to resolve that confusion.
Power versus Performance
If your goal is to write a world-class chess engine, Java should not be your language of choice. However, if you have the choice to use a speedy versus a slow implementation, you would also choose the former one, wouldn't you? If it is not too expensive both money and time-wise. And it is neither!
Chesspresso™ tries to combine both performance (memory footprint and speed) and programmatical power (through high-level abstractions and interfaces). Chesspresso™ was optimized for speed but only if it did not harm clean design.
Browse the entire Javadoc to get an impression on the available features.
- Chess: a class containing general definitions for chess
- Move: a class representing chess moves
- Position: several abstractions of a chess position are available: immutable, mutable, and moveable position (move, undo move, generateAllMoves) interfaces plus implementations, the main one is based on bitboards.
- Game: abstraction of a chess game with support for lines, annotations, ability to traverse, walk through the game, etc.
- PositionView: an interactive panel to display a position, reacts on piece dragging and square clicking and fowrads events to listeners
- GameBrowser: an interactive panel to display a game, contains both a textual (based on PGN) and a graphical view (based on the free Chess Cases font), support for browsing the game
- PGN (portable game notation): the de-facto standard for ASCII-based
Chesspresso™ contains a high-speed PGNReader and PGNWriter
(Forsyth-Edwards Notation): a standard for describing chess
positions using the ASCII character set.
Chesspresso™ contains support to parse and generate FENs
(Numeric Annotation Glyph): to annotate chess moves and games
Chesspresso™ understands NAG and symbolic and English descriptions
- xboard: contains a class to start xboard compatible engines (like crafty)
- EPD support will follow soon.
ChesspressoBar, Plugins (future plans)
When you always wanted to create a small chess releated program but feared the overhead for all the basic functionality to get started, the ChesspressoBar is for you.
The ChesspressoBar is an application to work with chess games and collections. It allows to read and write PGN files, to view and create games, and much more. The main feature of the ChesspressoBar, however, is that is allows to house plugins. Plugins comprise some chess-related functionality that can be plugged into a framework.
Possible plugin include playing engines, statistic modules, teaching application. Basically everything that operates on chess games and positions.
The ChesspressoBar will be released within one of the next releases of Chesspresso.
How do I get Chesspresso™?
Chesspresso can be downloaded from its project page at Sourceforge.
Who Wrote Chesspresso™?
The author of Chesspresso™ is Bernhard Seybold. That's me. I own a Ph.D. in
computer science from the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich
(ETHZ). No not in chess programming. However, I took all the courses that were
slightly related to AI, computer games, algorithms, data-structures etc.
Now, I work as a senior software developer for ELCA, a leading supplier of IT services in Switzerland. I play chess since over 20 years and still do (ELO 2100). Sometimes I play on FICS, as BerniMan.
My first game playing program was a connect4 engine, which I wrote competing against this guy. As you can see on his webpage, he still has his version plus a world-class engine for Checkers. Now I thought it is my turn...