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Winboard 4.5 Accessible Chess

Chess for Blind or Quadriplegic for JAWS, NVDA with keyboard support

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Winboard 4.5 is a free, accessible Chess program for the blind, low sighted or those who can not use a mouse, such as quadriplegics. For the blind it works automatically with the JAWS or the free NVDA screen reader to provide vocal announcements of position changes and other selectable board conditions (blind players also use a separate "tactile chess board). For those who can not use a mouse the program has full keyboard access to move pieces and run menu items. Partial sighted players use high contrast mode and adjust board, piece and most font sizes and colors. Available languages are English, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Russian. Installed "chess engines" and Internet Chess Server play with humans at the "FICS" server supply grand master strength move analysis and worthy opponents. Read "Setting Up WinBoard 4.5 for JAWS.doc" for the quick guide or "Winboard 4.5 for JAWS.doc" for the full manual. All keyboard shortcuts are provided in "keystrokes.doc".

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  • Full keyboard access
  • Uses the JAWS and the free NVDA screen readers automatically
  • Connect to the free FICS chess server for play with others.
  • Comes with 3 chess engines for a matching or analysis or practice.
  • Adjustable board size and color for the low sighted

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Dutch, English, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish

Intended Audience

End Users/Desktop

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Win32 (MS Windows)

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