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


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  • 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?
  • Avatar of desht desht Aug 03, 2014 at 06:36 UTC - 1 like

    @chuck4100: Go

    1.7.9+ only, due to the UUID changes. Stick with 2.4 releases for earlier CB versions.


  • Avatar of chuck4100 chuck4100 Aug 02, 2014 at 22:25 UTC - 0 likes

    hello, is the latest version for 1.7.9 only? or does it work with prior builds such as 1.7.4?

  • Avatar of desht desht Jul 31, 2014 at 07:56 UTC - 0 likes

    Public service announcement: To those having trouble with selecting pieces in the latest release or 1.7.10 dev builds, I've located & fixed the issue. Your options:

    • Wait for the 2.5.2 release to be approved (uploaded just now)
    • Use the latest dev build from Jenkins
    • Do /chess set wand_item * - this basically means any held item can be used while selecting pieces.
  • Avatar of luigi_vampa luigi_vampa Jul 27, 2014 at 22:22 UTC - 1 like

    2018. In the diary!! :)

  • Avatar of desht desht Jul 27, 2014 at 21:58 UTC - 0 likes

    @luigi_vampa: Go

    Cool, good to know. I'll need to do some work for WE 6.0, clearly...

  • Avatar of desht desht Jul 27, 2014 at 21:58 UTC - 0 likes

    @luigi_vampa: Go

    Yeah I'll get back to you around 2018 :)

  • Avatar of luigi_vampa luigi_vampa Jul 27, 2014 at 21:08 UTC - 0 likes

    Desht, if you've got five minutes I don't suppose you fancy chucking this one together? Won't take you long! haha )

  • Avatar of luigi_vampa luigi_vampa Jul 27, 2014 at 21:06 UTC - 0 likes

    Hello, hello! Downgrading from world edit 6.0 solved all the Chess and Checkers problems for me. Craftbukkit #3104 and the latest dev build of chesscraft are playing nicely together! Thanks Desht.

    Last edited Jul 27, 2014 by luigi_vampa


Date created
Aug 30, 2011
Last update
Jul 31, 2014
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