Reti Chess

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Reti Chess

A lightweight, real-time chess app built in Node, Express, Socket.IO, React, Flux and Immutable.


Reti Chess is a lightweight, real-time chess application created using Node, Express, Socket.IO, React, Flux, and Immutable. It incorporates chess.js for move validation and check/mate/draw detection. Although the app is no longer under active development, it can still be accessed at Users should note that the app was designed to work with an older version of Node (v4) and may contain outdated elements like React 0.13.1 and mixins without hot reloading capabilities.


  • Real-time Chess: Play chess in real-time using Node, Express, Socket.IO.
  • Move Validation: Chess.js ensures valid moves are made during gameplay.
  • Check/Mate/Draw Detection: Automatically detects check, mate, or draw situations.


To run Reti Chess locally with Node v4.2, follow these steps:

  1. Clone the repository with git clone [repository URL]
  2. Install dependencies by running npm install
  3. Start the server (preferably with Nodemon) using npm start

For recompiling static assets on file save, consider the following:

  • Run tests to ensure proper functionality.

The application will be accessible at localhost:3000.


Reti Chess is a real-time chess application that utilizes various technologies like Node, Express, React, and Socket.IO. It offers features such as move validation and check/mate/draw detection. While no longer actively developed and featuring outdated components, like React 0.13.1 and mixins, it provides an opportunity for users to experience real-time chess gameplay either on the provided website or by running it locally following the installation steps.


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