Install latest/stable of gambit

Ubuntu 16.04 or later?

Make sure snap support is enabled in your Desktop store.

Install using the command line

sudo snap install gambit

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Channel Version Published

Chess board in your terminal.

Chess board in your terminal.

You'll need to connect the interfaces:

sudo snap connect gambit:ssh-keys

sudo snap connect gambit:ssh-public-keys

Usage: gambit

gambit [command]

Available Commands:

completion Generate the autocompletion script for the specified shell

help Help about any command

serve Start a Gambit server

Flags: -h, --help help for gambit -v, --version version for gambit

Use gambit [command] --help for more information about a command.

Networked Play

You can play chess with gambit over ssh.

ssh user@host -p <port> -t <room> [<password>]

You can host your own gambit SSH server with:

gambit serve

Or, use the hosted gambit server at

ssh -p 2200 -t foobar password


There are two ways to move in gambit:

  • Type out the square the piece you want to move is on, then type out the square to which you want to move the piece.

  • With the mouse, click on the target piece and target square.

Details for gambit

  • MIT

Last updated
  • 10 September 2022 - latest/stable
  • 10 September 2022 - latest/edge



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