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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Program to practice blindfold 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 for the personal site, How to enable chess and offer chess service and rating registering etc

I would like to give option to my visitors to register and play chess at my site.What application s/w I need to install/embed so that chess is enabled in my normal webcontent site which has no ...
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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 ...
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Is there a windows based command line tool to convert cbh to pgn?

I see that there is code for an android app available at https://code.google.com/p/cb2pgn/, but I wonder if anyone has taken the time to make a standalone .exe that does the job?
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Find magic numbers for bitboards

I am writing a C++ chess engine and I am looking for magic numbers for Little-Endian Rank-File Mapping bitboards to generate moves for sliding pieces. The rival chess website gives magic numbers but ...
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Concerning a chess-problem generating program

Are there any programs that can generate a huge amount of different interesting chess puzzles? Are there any programs that can make a lot of retrograde analysis problems?
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How common/important is promotion to knight?

Is a chess program without the ability to promote to knight unacceptably incomplete? I have a chess program that implements most basic chess rules, such as en passant and castling. However, promotion ...
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What happened in this shootout from Houdini?

What happened in this shoouout from Houdini ? Why did the program take so long to mate with the queen and why did it make such unlogical moves. Considering the valuations, I conjecture that the ...
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Blundercheck with tablebases does not work?

I tried to check games for blunder with access to the tablebase under chessbase (Engine was Houdini and in the second try Fritz8), but this did not work. In many cases mating values were shown ...
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Are there positions which cannot be properly analyzed by any computer?

Are there positions in chess which every engines is unable to analyze properly ? Maybe calm positions with a positional advantage the engines do not recognize ? Or positions won in the long term ...
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Is there a software that analyses games through voice, telling you about moves and what you should have done, like Power Chess 98?

Almost 20 years ago there was a game called Power Chess 98 from Sierra. After every game you played, this sensual voice would analyze move by move telling you what you should have done, etc. It was ...
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Running chessbase Reader on ubuntu

I'm currently working on ubuntu, and installed wine with chessbase reader. I wanted to watch a few videos of GM Daniel King that I had. I open the folder through chessbase, but when I click on the ...
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How to configure scidb to use ChessBase files like ChessBase?

I've just installed scidb, hoping that it would read my ChessBase Fritz Trainer collection.It was able to read the .CBH files but no video appears. I don't know if that is even supported.If it is, how ...
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How to play against an engine using scidb?

I'v just installed the scidb chess database, and I can't figure how to play against an engine from there.Is this feature even supported ? If it is, how to use it ?
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Convert ChessBase format to PGN on Linux

I have some ChessBase-format database files, and I would like to convert them to PGN so thatlinux-compatible programs (like scid, chessdb, etc.) could read it. Since I am running on linux and not ...
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Chess Heroz (Android)

As far as chess training applications go the Chess Heroz application is excellent. My question though is can anyone explain the mathematics behind the ratings system? I am new to chess ratings and ...
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chess program wilhelm

I still search an executable file of the chess program wilhelm. It is not only a chess endgame database, you can fix pieces to be on concrete squares and check all such position to get a statistic ...
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Is this really limitation of absolute ELO?

Lately I've been wondering what could be maximum Elo achieved by a computer. I mean, we have super-computers, give super computer (1st in the world) chess program and let it play, it will probably ...
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How to write a swiss pairing software

I'm thinking about to develop an online service to provide free software for helping chess tournaments organizers with pairing systems like swiss, round robin, team-swiss, team-round robin. Could ...
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Looking for online swiss pairing software

I would appreciate if somebody could recommend a good swiss pairing program. I'd prefer online version with multi-language option and free version but cheap one is also good. I've found ...
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Web Interface for training by dragging and dropping pieces

Is there any web chess interface that lets me handle chess pieces as I like ? I mean it will allow me to drag and drop pieces wherever I want them to be on the chessboard and add as many pieces as I ...
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Software for tournaments, leaderboards and result tracking

guys, What kind of software/apps do you use to track your results of games with friends or in clubs? How do you track your wins/losses and progress while casually playing chess?
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Training plan for going from High Class A/Low Expert to National Master… Help?

I'm currently hovering around 1970 USCF and am lucky enough that in the next 6 months, I have nearly nothing to do. I'm a returning student, 27 years old, who only needs 1 class to get my degree. I ...
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Glitch or mate?

Whilst playing a casual game against computer on an iPhone app I was faced with this situation. With white to move, the computer tells me I have a saving move but I clearly do not. Am I right in ...
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An efficient program, which generates all next moves for all pieces in C/C++

I am looking for an efficient (fast) program to generate next moves for all pieces. I need it in C++, because I will program in C++. Thank you!
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In an opening tree on ChessBase, how can we fix the statistics so that transpositions are not taken into account in the total number of games?

In an opening tree (also called "opening explorer" or "openings book") on ChessBase 12, here are the statistics that we get after 1. Nf3 c5 : So it seems that after 1. Nf3 c5 White will play 2. e4 ...
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In a ChessBase opening tree how can we put a column that displays the percent of time each move is played or a column that displays “Perf” minus “Av”?

Here are the columns displayed in an opening tree on ChessBase 12: I would be interested in adding two columns: A column which displays the percent of time each move is played in the position. So ...
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How many positions per second can a modern supercomputer calculate?

If we created a very powerful supercomputer (as powerful as the current most powerful supercomputers) which was only designed to find forced mates... How many positions could it calculate per second? ...
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Does Fritz “Blunder Check” mode respect “Side to Analyze” option?

I use Fritz 13, and in Blundercheck mode on a batch of games won by White, only want it to point out alternatives for the winner, that is white (I don't expect to have very many suggestions for ...
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What alternatives are there to Chess Position Trainer?

CPT is software for testing (among other things) one's opening repertoire knowledge. I'm wondering if there are any other similar pieces of software I should consider.
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Chess Note Taking?

I'd like to start a notebook as I learn more about chess. I see the interactive diagrams here on stackexchange and think these would be excellent to integrate into my notes. I'm looking for ...
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Best way to prepare files with openings for future use

I am looking for advice how to prepare opening, so i could easily skim over it after a while. Create databases for every opening with analyzed games? But some positions can occur after different ...
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What system do DGT boards use?

DGT boards allow it to be connected with a computer, and thus sending it the moves. WHat algorithm does it use to verify the moves pieces?
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What are the options to automatically identify games where the first move played was the best by a margin?

Let's imagine I have a pgn file with each game starting from a tactical position, and I want to identify the games where the solution was the only one. Basically an engine would have to evaluate ...
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Chess software that shows current score

When playing computer chess software I find myself wondering "who's winning right now according to the computer?". For example: I make a bad move but I don't realize it yet - but the computer looking ...
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Chess Psychology

I have a friend who is an improving chess player. He wants to progress in his game. The problem with him is that he plays really good with much stronger opponents but, often lose many games ...
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Looking for a chess program that evaluates my playing and adapts its level to it

As the title of the question says, I'm looking for a chess program that evaluates my playing and adapts its level to it. Maybe Lucas Chess does this (it's said that it does), but I found the tips of ...
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What would be the elo of a computer program that plays at random?

What would be the Elo of a computer program that plays random moves? For the sake of simplicity, assume that he never asks for a draw or resigns and never accepts a draw offer.
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What is the number of “CPU” next to each engine's name in engines rating list? And is my computer 1CPU, 2CPU or 4CPU?

Look at this engine rating list which compares all the versions of Stockfish. After the name of each engine we can see one of these three things: 4CPU 2CPU Nothing, which probably means: 1CPU And ...
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Chess Position Trainer

I just started playing with Chess Position Trainer and I really enjoy the experience of playing through the "Closed Sicilian” repetoir that comes pre-loaded. The manual mentions that you can build ...
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understanding evaluation function

I am developing a chess program. And have made use of an alpha beta algorithm and a static evaluation function. I have successfully implemented both but I want to improve the evaluation function by ...