Chess is simpe software for creating creating SVG-format chess pieces. This is useful for publication, since SVG files can be displayed at any resolution. There is support for non-traditional chess icons—that is, not featuring crosses—if for any reason that's important to you.

The chess icons are from Wikimedia commons (some modified slightly), which I hereby release under whatever license is necessary to make my use of them ethical.

Screenshot of Chess


Chess is created with the Qt application framework, released under the GNU Public License. That means, among other things, that you are free to download it and use it, but not to re-sell it.

Qt is a cross-platform framework, so there is the possibility for using this on Mac OS X, Linux, etc. Right now I only have Windows executables because I only have a Windows machine. Perhaps some do-gooder will build versions for other operating systems and send them to me.

Executable Files

Chess for Windows

Source code

Download the source as a zip file

Or if you're feeling geeky:

git clone

I build in Windows with this, which assumes that Qt is installed and visible in your path:

qmake -config release

Of course your system would have something different from “mingw32-make”—probably just “make”—if you are not building from Windows using MinGW.

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