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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What is a good opening software program?

I am trying to find a good program to help me perfect my opening play. It needs to be something simple because I am no computer expert. I don't understand the opening trees and all that high tech ...
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Are there any Linux GUIs that can be controlled via command line?

I'm looking for a GUI that I can control via the terminal. Something where I can input a series of moves into the terminal, such as: > e4 > e5 > Nf3 ...and have the GUI update the ...
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How to flip board in scid?

I am using scid version 4.6.2. How can I flip the board such that I get black's point of view? There should be a flip button somewhere, but I do not see it: I've enabled all toolbar buttons as ...
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Are the GUIs of Chessbase chess programs the same?

Chessbase (the company) has several chess analysis programs available: Fritz, Komodo Chess, Houdini Pro, Deep Junior and Deep Rybka. Do all of these programs use one and the same graphical user ...
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Fritztrainer in Linux

What is the best way to use Fritztrainers in Linux? Are there anyone who is using them in Linux now? Is there any free tool to use Fritztainers natively?
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SCID not recognising transpositions

I like going through open variations and taking notes and saving them in my database. However I have a problem. When I get to two of the exact same board positions and same color to play, if I got ...
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Arena Software and Mac OS X

Does someone know or have tested a way of using ARENA software on Mac OS X? Maybe using Wine or something similar.
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Lookig for a chess database with MCO style reports

I'm wanting to make some binders of different opening lines in a columnar layout like MCO uses. Is there any database program that can produce this type of output, or would I be better off creating it ...
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Engame trainer software

I am learning chess endgames, and I am looking for a software/website, where i can just practice end games with a computer having limited pieces. For eg, if i want to practice queen mate with a lone ...
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How to review past games [duplicate]

Does a software that analyzes your past games and gives you tips exist? If there exist, is there a way to implement it, so we can play against "ourselves" If not, how do you review and analyze ...
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How do you use Fritztrainer DVD with Fritz 15?

I recently just got The Modern Grand Prix Attack Fritztrainer DVD, and I only have Fritz 15. I put in the activation code and can see the video, but the problem is that the chess board next to the ...
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What animal would be related to chess? [closed]

I am a developer and blender artist. One of my current project ideas is a series of chess related animations (basic rules and advanced basics like skewer and such). These vids should be "moderated" ...
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Free chess engine with a tablebase

So I've downloaded Stockfish and the Arena GUI, but I'm having trouble getting any tablebase I download to either load into Arena, or be compatible with Stockfish. Any suggestions? I'm willing to ...
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Is it possible to gain +300 rating in 50 days? [closed]

I have a rating of 1000 roughly and my provincial tournement will be in 55 days. Is it possible to gain that amount of points. If yes how will I do it, Please a detailed guide on how to do it. Thanks ...
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Program to solve positions

Are there any programs out there that take a completely won position and compute the minimum checkmate depth (say if it is around 50 moves)?
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Looking for website for organising private tournaments with swiss system?

Do you know any website for organising online chess tournaments with swiss pairing method ? I know lichess.org but they don't support it anymore :/
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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 ...