This article is from the GNU Chess and XBoard FAQ, by Tim Mann firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
First, you need to get Crafty and install it as a command-line
application on your machine. See topic [F.3] . You must use the version
of Crafty compiled for Win32 (wcrafty*.exe), not the version compiled
for MS-DOS (crafty*.exe), and it is best to use the latest version of
Crafty with the latest version of WinBoard to make sure all features are
compatible and function correctly. You can install Crafty in any
directory you like.
You also need to get WinBoard and install it in the normal way using its
built-in installer. You can do that either before or after you install
After both Crafty and WinBoard are installed separately, follow the
directions in the WinBoard Help file (included with WinBoard) for
connecting new chess engines to WinBoard.
If you want to have Crafty act as an automated computer player on a
chess server, see topic [D.16] . Before you try to get that working, be
sure you can play against Crafty locally, first without WinBoard, then
with it. Also be sure you can use WinBoard to play on the chess server
yourself, without having Crafty connected to it. You have to crawl
before you can walk!