and white for me. The new third entry is
pretty good, but I'm not a big fan of the brown
and tan colors - green and white would have
worked better for me. Clearly the
improvement was in the display of the white
pieces, which is very distracting to me in choice
#2. Black and white seems simpler, more
straightforward to print and display (and
photocopy if necessary).
vote for the b/w.
I like your third
left, i.e. the B&W, is by far the cleanest
The 3rd one!
vote for the black-white version. I like it more
because my eyes are more accustomed to it.
I like the WinBoard
image, selection #2 of 3.
I vote for the coloured
prefer the ChessBase Lite one (b/w). I
didn't care too much for the colors in the other
boards (I might like one of the other two in,
say, dark green/light green or blue/grey
I would like to see #2
on your site. It is just smooth to look at. I can
feel the other boards sting in my eyes :-) .
black and white.
believe the white board is easier to see, and
most sites also use this pattern and coloring. It
is also harder to see the black pieces in the
brown version board.
much better, but
as you do!
ChessBase chessboard is by far better. The
WinBoard pieces irritate me greatly due to the
color of the white pawns. No matter, what
shade of white it is, they clash!!
black and white. I like the pieces better - the
WinBoard pieces blend into the board too much,
for me; the ghostly White pieces, especially. The
difference would narrow if you used the ChessBase
set on your color board...
prefer the simple black & white Staunton
set. Thanks for asking!
The third version is the
best. On a larger monitor the dark squares
on the B&W make me dizzy. However, the
white WinBoard pieces need black outlines.
are nice but personally I prefer the B/W
version. It's simple and does not add strain to
our precious eyes ( I sometimes spend 2 to 3 hrs
on the internet ) on an LCD monitor.
I love the third screen
shot colors (I currently use the gray-light blue
color variation on Mann's page) but still what's
missing is the black outline on the White pieces.
How hard is it to have a black outline anyhow??
Definitely the image on
the left from ChessBase Light. It is not even
I like the one on the
right. It's different.
I prefer the third board
but would make the white pieces just a little
less intensely white.
choice of boards is B&W. Colors can be nice
but they can be distracting and a source of
endless dispute. As an architect I'm all for new
approaches, however I do believe in the saying
"If it's not broke don't fix it".
I would like to see the
yellowish one more often.
white...sharper and when viewing board positions
gets us into the game faster. If you are
going to go color you might as well go 3D for
total effect of looking at a game board.
think the board on the left is best!
I like Winboard very much, I vote for black &
like the black and white better; it's simpler,
and the other ones are too dark. (by the way, the
last one would look better if the white pieces
had a black outline!)
I'm no chess
authourity. Just decided to start playing
again, haven't touched a pawn in probably twenty
years. But I have been a commercial
artist. I like your first WinBoard
choice. The ChessBase board uses a diagonal
hatching that sets up a distracting almost
hypnotic effect, plus the contrast is too stark
for prolonged viewing. The newer ChessBase
uses white instead of cream for the white pieces,
probably to increase the contrast. Which it
does, but I still like the richness of the
cream. Personal preference.
a nurse who
assure you that
you spend as
lower contrast image
Hail Mary for
bw board is much more comfortable to me, but
maybe that's just because I'm a Fritz and
vote for b/w. Color is nice, but white pieces
without outline color are hard to see. (and
I vote for Chessbase
Light, no contest. The resolution is much
clearer, and is easier to look at for protracted
lengths of time.
I like the one on the
right. The White pieces aren't so white. That
means the glare on my eyes won't be so bright!
the choices shown I vote for the B&W
(the first one). I would like #3 the best
if the dark squares were green.
My vote: The board
on the left.
they stand, I prefer the b/w version.
However, I'd vote for the color
(particularly #3) if the white
pieces were outlined.
I think u should use the
2nd board, although use WinBoard Plus to make the
White pieces have a black outline!
The black & white
board is the best, in my humble opinion. Very
easy for me to see.
black & white
for the black and white. It's the way the game
was suppose to be played. It's legendary and old
The third choice is best
for me, but might I suggest green and buff
left, in black and white, is much clearer.
Especially the bishops.
go with the left, it's, shall we say,
classic. The right is over stated. The
White pieces sort of blend in with the board.....
Also, WinBoards pieces are too big. (my opinion,
a little less per square would be better...)
I prefer the chessboard
on the right side of the screen. The
colours seem to agree more with the eyes and
esthetically more pleasing than the white and
black which I feel is too bland.
first one. Started changing my mind
when I read the comments. Looked at
the boards I use at home. Usually green and
cream squares (trying to imitate the $8.95 vinal
chess boards.) I use the blue WinBoard
pieces suggested by another one of your
pages. I probably pick the black and white
because that's what I usually look at when I
print my correspondence positions and carry them
around. I eschew the brown boards because I