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What's a DGT Tournament e-Board?

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The difference between USB/Bluetooth e-Boards and Tournament e-Boards

The difference between USB/Bluetooth e-Boards and Tournament e-Boards, is that Tournament e-Boards can be connected together in strings for a tournament. A string of Tournament Boards connects to the serial or USB port of the computer or laptop. Using the free DGT LiveChess software that runs on Windows, MAC or Linux computers, games on all the boards can be recorded or broadcast live.

Available materials and designs

Wooden Tournament e-Boards are available in Walnut, Rosewood or Wengé. The plastic version of the Tournament Board, the so called Smart Boards, are an affordable and lightweight alternative that is fully compatible as Wooden en plastic boards can easily be connected together in one string. Walnut boards do not have indices but Rosewood and Wengé boards do. The Smart Boards are available both with or without indices. To complement the boards any of the DGT electronic chess pieces sets can be used.


Nowadays all DGT Tournament Boards are supplied with modern USB-C connections. This fourth generation of DGT e-Boards has increased scanning capability and very low energy use. For more information see this article: Next generation DGT e-Boards.