Questions about chess-related software, but not including chess-playing engines; there's a more specific tag for those questions, the [engines] tag.

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Is any chess software specifically for forced mates?

Is any chess software specifically for forced mates? In particular, such software can only prune the search tree when it can prove that the the move doesn't affect the existence of length of a ...
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iOS app that calculates multiple lines

Does anyone know of a chess engine for iOS that calculates and gives multiples lines when analyzing positions? I currently use Stockfish, but it only gives one variation.
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Fritz 12 in Win 8.1

I am new here, I am trying to find out if anyone knows if Fritz 12 can be installed in Win 8.1 OS, Thank your for your help'
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Playchess client for Mac

Is it possible that world's most famous and most popular chess server Playchess is not available in any desktop application for Mac OSX? It is possible to reach it through Deep Fritz for Windows, but ...
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Using Tarrasch Chess GUI to annotate

I just started using Tarrasch so I am learning how it works. I usually play on chess.com and after the game I ask for the computer analysis which usually when an annotation is added it first adds the ...
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Coding chess engine

I have always wanted to start coding a simple chess engine. I do have basic understanding about the general architecture of such a program, but I would love to see some examples first. Anyone have ...
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How people use chess software to improve their practical skills?

I'm currently using chesstempo to get better at tactics, reading books on strategy, analyzing grandmaster's games etc. My current rating is around 1800 and I am planning to gain 200-300 points ...
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Free software for intermediate learner?

I'm at about 1600 level, roughly speaking, and I need a good software with lots of options to keep me interested in learning chess and improving myself. I've heard of different ones, including SCID, ...
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Chess programs that mimic some amateurs

Is there such a thing as a chess program that at random times can vary it's strength of play between say a beginner and an expert? Or maybe a program that a certain random times makes subtle or ...
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play against a computer, then analyze it software.

this is a simple question, thanks in advance for your answers! I am looking for a free software which allows me to 1) play chess against a computer 2) analyze the game I had (did i screw up at any ...
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Is the TSCP chess engine able to run on a 32 bit processor?

I'm a beginner learning about chess engines and would like to find a chess engine written in C (like TSCP) that doesn't use bitboards for board representation because I want to test the engine on a 32 ...
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How to measure strength of my own chess engine? [duplicate]

I'm wondering how can I estimate ELO ranking of my own written engine. I figure out that I have to connect my engine with some well known engine (via UCI protocol?) to be able to play automatically ...
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How do you study opening theory using Stockfish?

Any tips to be up to date with recent opening theory?
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Looking for a good chess program with a couple of features

I'm looking for a good chess program with the following features. The game should Randomly select whether I take white/black Allow me to have a handicap against the computer Have different ...
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Is Fritz 15 a better chess software than Deep Fritz 14?

I can only afford one. Would Fritz 15 be better to get than Deep Fritz 14? I would like to use Fritz to study opening theory.
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Phone apps for playing chess variants

A group of local friends and I have become fairly engrossed in playing a certain chess variant over the last few years. We play on a regular basis; we've coded a program that allows us to play online, ...
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Programs to help beginners to practice Chess

I'm a beginner in chess and I want to get better at this game. I was wondering if there are some programs that help you to practice your game. For example: practicing the openings, that contains ...
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UCI undo move command?

I checked the UCI specification here and I don't see a way to undo a move. I'm using stockfish, is there a way to do this? For example, how would I accomplish the following: position startpos moves ...
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When evaluating score of new position with UCI chess engine is the Hash used at all?

I am using a UCI chess engine (stockfish 6) to evaluate the score of specific positions from different games. On this stockfish help forum thread it states: Hash size is the amount of memory you want ...
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Does anyone have an already compiled version of the latest SCID?

I have been trying to compile the latest SCID (4.6.2) for MacBook / OS X with no luck. So for now I'm stuck with SCID 4.4. Can someone help me out with the newer version? the SCID project ...
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Search Algorithms used by top engines?

what are the top parallel search algorithms used by top engines ,and which one is the best ? And is there a reference implementation of them in any programming language ? I know most of the top ...
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Is this a kind of training software that actually exists?

This may seem like a silly thing to want to do, but I have been thinking lately that some kind of training software that does the following might be helpful to me: Show me a board position, and let ...
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Extracting features from chessboard

So i am implementing an intelligent chess agent with the use of reinforcement learning.I intend to use Java. After reading the master thesis of H.Mannen i decided to use some of the features listed ...
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Playing against imaginary oponents

Is there a solo computer chess program where you can play against imaginary/fictional/historical characters (and maybe win once in a while)?
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Layering multiple chess games

Does anyone know if an application exists where you can import multiple PGN files and layer them on top of one another? It would be interesting to upload say 1,000 games and somehow visualise the ...
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Random position from database

How do I get a random position in chessbase 13 software from megadatabase to guess the best move , is this facility available in chessbase software which is availabe is softwares like Chess Hero, Or ...
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Rating based off play level?

Is there a program that can tell your rating based off how well you play in the game? (NOT based on result). Thanks.
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How to show captured pieces in Arena?

I'm using Arena 3.5 on Windows. When playing, I want to see a list of the captured pieces beside the board in Arena. How do I do that?
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I am looking for a chess game on nintendo ds that is suitable for beginners

I am not a experienced player, just a beginner, I want a easier computer opponent that I can beat. Through search engin I found below two game titles that emphasize the suitability for beginner, ...
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How to display figures instead of letters in position analysis notation in ChessBase?

I just installed Deep Fritz 14 with ChessBase. By default the notation in deep position analysis looks like this (only letters, no chess figures): I would like to make it look like this: How do I ...
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chess endgame database + 50-move rule = potential error?

Are there any examples of positions where usage of the endgame tablebase gives an incorrect evaluation, due to the ignoring of the 50-move rule. At the moment I am not sure if endgame tablebases ...
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Automatically-generated notations in ten varieties… are they correct?

I wrote a program that converts moves in ICCF notation into a total of ten notations: SAN FAN LAN MAN RAN CRAN Smith Descriptive Coordinate ICCF I previously posted a question asking for ...
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Where can I find free training tools like detailed annotated chess openings, middle games and endgames in the PGN format?

I have decided to study chess after playing it leisurely for a while. I looked at some online chess courses like the ones offered by Igor Smirnov at the Remote Chess Academy, but these options seem to ...
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Simplest chess engine to reach 2000 ELO?

From what I have read coding a "vanilla chess engine" (c++ code for alpha-beta search over bitboard representation with simple hand-crafted evaluation function), will get you to 1500~1700 ELO on CCRL ...
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Moves to test a notation generator

I've made a small program that takes a list of moves in ICCF notation and translates them to the following: SAN FAN LAN MAN RAN CRAN Smith Descriptive Coordinate ICCF For example, a starting move ...
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Stockfish 6 in Chessmaster Grandmaster Edition

Is their a way to install stockfish 6 in Chessmaster Grandmaster Edition ?
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What is Syzygy tablebases?

I just want to know in simple language exactly, What the Syzygy tablebases are, Why they are used, What are their advantages, disadvantages?
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Chess Software for analysis and notes

I am looking for software that has chess engine analysis but also allows me to take notes and save games. I have used Scid in the past for this and liked it, but I just want to see if there is ...
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What chess software allows to search for sacrifices and combinations?

I want to search a database of games for generic interesting tactics combinations. What are my software options for this (SCID/CB/CA)? Is there a published algorithm/script that determines that a move ...
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Software for blind chess?

I recently found a neat feature of Apple's Chess program that allows the player to speak moves, and the computer to speak back moves which makes blind chess very simple and comfortable. There are a ...
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Chess tactics training software

Is there a software/app/website to train chess tactics (forking, pins, deflections, decoys, overloading)? Please help!
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Browser based FICS client: exists or may I build one?

I am planning to build an open source web based client for FICS. I enjoy playing at http://chess.com, but don't like the fact that it is a closed service. So, I need something similar, but for FICS. ...
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multi pv mode in GUI

is their any facility in babas chess (4.0) to facilitate multi pv mode. babas chess that i have only shows single pv. if it doesn't then which GUI (free) has facility for the multi pv mode running for ...
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software to analyze my own database of games with statistics

I've been playing on lichess.org for my online games, and is the primary way I enjoy chess. One of the big reasons why I started playing on lichess.org was that they offer a simple way to export your ...
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Arena Question - How Do I Set it So Arena Has a Time Limit But I Don't?

I just download the arena chess program which is a chess playing GUI. Frankly, I'm kind of lost. I am trying to play chess games with the engines that come with it. How can I set it so that the ...
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Software to train attacks-vision

I'd like to train a sort of "chess vision". For a given position, I should find all the figures under attack, something very similar to schach-schlägerei: https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/id428235830 ...
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How do I activate ChessBase 12 with a serial number? It keeps saying “SerialNumber already used”

My old PC died, so I bought a new PC. I tried to re-install my chess softwares on the new PC. I successfully re-installed Komodo 8 as well as Houdini 3 and activated them with my serial numbers. ...
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fairy chess engine for xboard different from fairymax

Fairymax shipped with the xboard package can play variant chess. Is there any other xboard engine that also plays variant chess? Runs on Linux or *BSD?
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How can I open (or convert into .PGN) old Chessmaster .CMG files, without Chessmaster?

I have many old chess games saved from Chessmaster 7000, 8000, and maybe even 9000. They are all saved in the Chessmaster .CMG file format. How can I access these games today? I would like to either ...
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Recommend chess software for windows 8.1

I've been running an old version Chessmaster: Grandmaster edition on my windows 8.1 laptop when I found a bug (Chessmaster recommended an illegal move), and I thought it was time to change my ...