Board using a modified "large" style


ChessCraft is a Bukkit plugin which lets you play chess. It has support for multiple chessboards and multiple concurrent games, playing against other players, or against the computer. Multiple board and piece styles are supported, along with an integrated piece designer, player ranking ladder and more.

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Note: the ChessCraft for Bukkit plugin is completely unrelated to the Forge ChessCraft mod which can be found here:


  • See the Videos page for some demonstration & tutorial videos.


  • Complete implementation of the rules of chess (including castling, promotion, en passant etc.)
  • Create as many chessboards as you like in your world(s), and run multiple concurrent games on them
  • Create different board and chess set styles (several board/set styles are included)
  • Players can fly around chess boards even without creative mode (v1.3.0+ needed)
  • Permissions support (via Bukkit superperms)
  • Economy support via Vault - bet economy credits on a game
  • Play against human or AI opponents (using the jChecs AI engine or external engines via the XBoard protocol)
  • WorldEdit support - terrain restoration if & when boards are deleted
  • ScrollingMenuSign Support - create useful command menus of games/boards
  • Integrated chess piece designer
  • Translations - ChessCraft messages can be translated into other languages
  • Database support: game results and game details (PGN) are saved to SQLite or MySQL database
  • Leaderboard showing the top players on the server based on game results saved to the database


  1. Copy ChessCraft.jar into your Bukkit plugins/ folder.
  2. Optional: If you want Economy support, you will also need to install the Vault plugin.
  3. Optional: If you have WorldEdit installed, terrain will be automatically backed up when chess boards are created (and restored upon board deletion). WorldEdit v5.3+ is required - WorldEdit-5.3-SNAPSHOT or any earlier release will not work.
  4. Optional: If you have ScrollingMenuSign installed, ChessCraft will create SMS menus for board/game management. See ScrollingMenuSign Support.
  5. Optional (2.4.0+): If you have Dynmap installed, chessboards will be marked on your maps.
  6. Optional (2.4.0+): If you have Citizens installed, entity chess sets will be available, using NPC's for chess pieces.
  7. Optional (2.4.0+): ProtocolLib is a recommended dependency if you are using entity chess sets, to quieten mobs down.
  8. Restart or reload your server.



Development Versions

Development versions can be downloaded from this Jenkins build server. Notes:

  • Development versions have not been approved by staff
  • Development versions may be buggy or fail to work completely. Only use development versions if you a) want to help with finding bugs, or b) have been asked to, to test a bugfix.

Bukkit Forums


Bugs and Feature Requests

Use the Tickets tab to submit any bug reports or feature requests.

Usage Statistics

Since ChessCraft v1.1.0, fully anonymous usage statistics are collected using MCStats:

Usage Statistics

If you wish to opt out of MCStats metrics collection, edit plugins/PluginMetrics/config.yml and change opt-out: false to true.

ChessCraft v1.1: board with "huge" style


If you use and enjoy ChessCraft, you are welcome to make a donation by clicking the "Donate" button at the top right. However, donations are strictly optional, and don't confer any special benefits over non-donors.

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  • Avatar of Molnig Molnig Oct 13, 2014 at 21:33 UTC - 0 likes

    I love ChessCraft thank you desht for this game my server is small now but everyone who came on has played and we have all had fun.

    Once again thank you for a super plugin that has given us lots of fun my server is now over run by friends who want to just have fun on MC as bukkit is dead but chess is still going strong :)

    Peace and light to all


  • Avatar of lANTHONYl lANTHONYl Sep 22, 2014 at 12:34 UTC - 0 likes

    The current situation sure is a kick to the nuts for bukkit plugin devs, but I'm holding fast to the hope that mojang-microsoft understand and appreciate how important the modding/server community is. Time will tell, but i for one am waiting till the dust settles before i get upset and make a decision about my minecraft future.

  • Avatar of luigi_vampa luigi_vampa Sep 08, 2014 at 12:22 UTC - 0 likes

    No worries. Thanks for putting my old favourite game in my new favourite game! Sponge IS looking promising already isn't it? Not sure of Glowstone though (who comes up with these names? Do they just stick a pin in the id list?!). As for the official API that lives in the mythical box along with the unicorns and trolls. I'll definitely keep my eyes open for a new release though. Maybe we can have a game?

    Last edited Sep 08, 2014 by luigi_vampa
  • Avatar of desht desht Sep 08, 2014 at 07:04 UTC - 0 likes

    @luigi_vampa: Go

    Thanks for the kind words and the donation :) Who knows, if Sponge or Glowstone or (ha ha) the official Mod API succeed, ChessCraft may reappear at a later date...

    BFAK:desht,36011,43bc839d075747c120296c9db76c8535c0db5ea53e57f598a59dcdddc58fd866 I'm no longer working on any Bukkit plugins. Sorry folks. All my code is open source and if anyone wants to continue it (under the same licence) in the unlikely event that the Bukkit project survives, you are welcome to fork my Github repos.

  • Avatar of luigi_vampa luigi_vampa Sep 07, 2014 at 22:50 UTC - 1 like

    I came here fearing the worst and it's true! Desht, please know I felt your Chess plugin to be one of the finest plugins there was. I quite regularly installed ChessCraft before Essentials because well, it was more essential to me!

    Live long and prosper mon ami!!

    Edit: Left you a donation

    Last edited Sep 07, 2014 by luigi_vampa
  • Avatar of desht desht Sep 07, 2014 at 19:12 UTC - 0 likes

    Announcement: I have ceased all Bukkit plugin development work, so there will be no new versions or bugfix work done on any of my plugins. Sorry about this, but I no longer believe Bukkit has a future.

  • Avatar of desht desht Sep 06, 2014 at 10:55 UTC - 0 likes

    @luigi_vampa: Go

    How do you mean "different" ? As in completely different models for black and white (as opposed to just different materials for the same shape) ? If so, then yes - see for example the papercraft piece style. (There's a picture of it in the Stock Styles page)

  • Avatar of luigi_vampa luigi_vampa Sep 06, 2014 at 09:18 UTC - 0 likes

    Hello Desht. Is it possible to have different black and white pieces?

  • Avatar of GhostbaneGalen GhostbaneGalen Aug 25, 2014 at 21:45 UTC - 0 likes

    @mscott1106: Go

    Similar issue. 1.7.9-R.01, WE 5.6.3, PEX, FE economy... all boards engaging the plugin properly, but when "Create Game" sign is clicked, pieces do not appear. No error is returned and no Chesscraft errors on startup.

    Started a ticket on it already, so if you need more info, let me know.

  • Avatar of mscott1106 mscott1106 Aug 17, 2014 at 19:37 UTC - 1 like
    Ok, so when I do the command to make a board, I left click, and nothing appears ! Only a sign that says time control none. What could be the issue?


Date created
Aug 30, 2011
Last update
Jul 31, 2014
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GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
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