Tornelo welcomes the use of e-Boards for Hybrid events or broadcasting Over-The-Board events.
Tornelo has created an open protocol to enable e-Boards manufacturers to access all the features and arbiter controls in Tornelo and maintain simplicity in their hardware. We also have an Open Source reference server to help get you started. You can download the server app as a Simulation e-board and test it immediately with any Tornelo tournament.
Our vision of the future is that every chess board in every school and club is an e-board. These boards should be able to easily connect to the pairings program (Tornelo) which can then capture moves and results.
This document defines a protocol for communication between a Chess website or application (the client, eg. Tornelo), and a server application which manages one or more Chess e-Boards (the server).
At the most basic level, an e-board manufacturer needs working hardware and a server application with just 3 capabilities:
- Runs a local webserver with websockets
- Accepts a connection from Tornelo
- Passes an FEN whenever the board state changes via the websocket
Any e-board meeting this open protocol should work “out of the box” and a player will need only to click “Connect e-Board” in order to use the e-Board.