Chess for Android as Client of a Chess Server
User PJ+ at the OpenChess forum implemented a nifty client utility that converts Chess for Android to a client for a remote chess server. To make this work (assuming you already have a remote chess server running at some hostname and port), simply do the following steps.
- Download the version of Chess for Android that grants network permission to its UCI clients (the default version at the market does not do this for obvious security reasons).
- Download PJ+'s client-android-cli utility.
- Construct a file, for example uci_client, that contains the single line ./client-android-cli <hostname> <port> for the hostname and port of the remote chess server.
- Copy 2. and 3. to SD card, then install these from SD just like the first-time install of UCI engines.
- Finally, the single line file uci_client can now be imported as any other UCI engine, and will connect to the remote chess server.
I tried this method myself connecting Chess for Android as client to a remote chess server with a 64-bit BikJump engine on a Linux desktop, and this yielded over 1,000KNs. PJ+ used his utility to connect to a remote chess server with Houdini, yielding over 25,000KNs. Pretty neat to run a 25 million nodes per second search on a phone, right? Thanks PJ+!