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.

Latest Version

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 desht desht Apr 19, 2014 at 15:15 UTC - 0 likes

    @MGbeenieboy: Go

    Yeah, found that one a few days ago - it's fixed in dev.

    I'll be putting a 2.5.0 release out hopefully next week (RL commitments allowing) with that fix, as well as CB 1.7.8 support, and a migration to using UUIDs instead of player names in saved games.


  • Avatar of MGbeenieboy MGbeenieboy Apr 19, 2014 at 10:22 UTC - 0 likes

    [03:52:42 WARN]: Exception in thread "Craft Scheduler Thread - 3" [03:52:42 WARN]: org.apache.commons.lang.UnhandledException: Plugin ChessCraft v2.4.5 generated an exception while executing task 64 at at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor.runWorker( at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor$ at Caused by: java.lang.AbstractMethodError: org.sqlite.Conn.isValid(I)Z at me.desht.chesscraft.results.Results.getDBConnection( at me.desht.chesscraft.results.Results$ at at ... 3 more

    spigot #1339

  • Avatar of desht desht Apr 09, 2014 at 22:31 UTC - 1 like

    @TheLecturer: Go

    UUID support will definitely be there in time for the MC 1.8 release. It'll need a few changes but I have a migration plan in place...

  • Avatar of TheLecturer TheLecturer Apr 09, 2014 at 21:47 UTC - 0 likes

    Hi - please advise status on UUID support, many thanks.

  • Avatar of desht desht Apr 05, 2014 at 18:26 UTC - 0 likes

    @TheNoobGamerHD1707: Go

    Nope. It's entirely up to the approvers.

  • Avatar of TheNoobGamerHD1707 TheNoobGamerHD1707 Apr 05, 2014 at 18:06 UTC - 0 likes

    @desht: Go

    do you know roughly how long this is going to take to process?

  • Avatar of desht desht Mar 31, 2014 at 08:54 UTC - 0 likes

    FYI all, ChessCraft v2.4.4 with support for CB 1.7.5 has been uploaded and is now in the approval process.

  • Avatar of ywong227 ywong227 Mar 30, 2014 at 14:30 UTC - 0 likes

    @desht: Go


  • Avatar of desht desht Mar 30, 2014 at 07:15 UTC - 0 likes

    @ywong227: Go

    Please read my note in the Latest Version section above.

  • Avatar of ywong227 ywong227 Mar 30, 2014 at 04:45 UTC - 0 likes

    Please update to 1.7.5, my server doesn't work with it whilst being 1.7.5


Date created
Aug 30, 2011
Last update
Apr 04, 2014
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