Configure Arena to play with AdaChess

Arena is a GUI for chess engines that support both Winboard and UCI communication protocols. AdaChess in an engine and requires a GUI to be used properly. In this post I will guide you step by step to install AdaChess in Arena.

Download AdaChess

Start by downloading AdaChess from the download page. The zip should contain the executable for Windows, a small opening book, the logo of the engine, the source code in Ada and the GPL licence. Unzip everything in a directory in your computer.

Download Arena

Download the GUI Arena from the official website. Install and run the software.

Configure the engine

Open Arena and go to the Engine -> Manage menu as shown in the picture below


Switch to the details tab and click on the New button.


A file-search dialog will be open. Locate the AdaChess engine executable (adachess.exe) you just unzipped in the first step and load it. Arena will ask which communication protocol to use. Choose Winboard (AdaChess currently does not support the UCI protocol, but it will some day).


The engine is in! Fill in the remaining fields with the information below:

  • Engine name: AdaChess
  • Author: Alessandro Iavicoli
  • Country: Italy
  • Logo: <path to logo file>.


Click Apply and Ok to save the configuration. That’s all!

4 thoughts on “Configure Arena to play with AdaChess

  1. Alessandro, the last update of your website was 2016, but I cannot see a new AdaChess engine download-link because v2.1 was published over a year ago; a double-mouse click (AdaChess 2.1-executable file) shows v2.0. Perhaps is the information about AdaChess (v2.0 is mentioned there!) obsolete…..
    Will be a new release of AdaChess 2.2 soon or is AdaChess 2016 only a private edition ? cf.
    (G-sei scacchi)

    ChessGUI supports WB / UCI protocol 1 and 2 and can be used for matches engine vs. engine too.

    1. Hi, The new release will be published soon, I can estimate on January 2017. The version 2.1 is a bug fixing release of the previous one. From the next one, I will use a new name, like 2017.1 then 2017.2 an so on and the source code will be published on github. Then, any minor change will be published and this will happens often (once every two-three months). Thanks for having write me ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Hi, as you can see I released the new version of AdaChess. There are no private version, I just want to release engine only if it has been tested extensively and after the source is well commented, that’s why it take me lot of time between one release and the next one ๐Ÿ™‚
      Did you matches AdaChess with BigLion?

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