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

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I want to give chess tutorials, which software should I use?

I think that I am a enough good chess player to teach chess. So, I want to create a website and post chess videos in it. So I want a software that helps me teach chess like for example see this video: ...
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How a new player like me, can upload a game? [migrated]

Yesterday I played a game and I did some mistakes that I see now, but I want to know If I right, but how I can upload the png file to here?
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Is there a freely available online 7 piece Endgame tablebase?

The only 7 piece site I heard about is http://tb7.chessok.com/ , and upon registration I am able to setup various positions with 2-6 pieces . However as soon as I setup a position with 7 piece, I get ...
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No registration chess

Are there any free, either email or possibly peer to peer turn based, chess pc apps that look decent? I'm looking to play with a friend directly, not have to go through registration, and not in real ...
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Automatically annotating the beginning of my games

I play chess online and use an engine to review the game afterwards. This works well when I get out of the opening, but under my current configuration (Raptor GUI running StockFish) I don't get great ...
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Making sense of Scid vs. PC tree score statistics

I can't seem to figure out how to interpret the score statistics when browsing a chess database with Scid vs. PC. To give an example, the following is a position from the ICOfY chess database tree ...
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how to keep an offline database of my own games

What would be the most standard way to keep an offline database of my online and over the board games? Would just keeping PGN files (with arbitrary filenames) in a directory work? Would database ...
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Is there a FICS android app?

I tried using this app but when I try to play online it keeps saying game over, draw something like that, the message will be on the screen forever unless I restart my phone. and it doesn't let me ...
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What web-based Content Management System (e.g. Blogger) has the best support for chess content?

I am contemplating starting a website/blog, and trying to choose between Blogger, WordPress, and Drupal (but open to others). My needs are mostly blog-like - to post static pages and regular updates, ...
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Conversion of Shredder elo rating to FIDE elo rating?

Can anyone provide a simple formula to convert the elo rating provided by the chess program Shredder to actual FIDE rating. I am only looking for an approximate formula, maybe something like: ...
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Is there a computer program that generates quality chess problems?

Is there a chess engine that automatically generates quality chess problems. For example I will input 3 - it produces a mate in 3 problem. But the problem shouldn't be so obvious that one can solve in ...
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Tools for automated notation: webcam movie to PGN

Sometimes during blitz games over the board, or when in zeitnot, it gets very difficult to annotate them. I've seen several software / hardware to help in writing the notation, even one that's FIDE ...
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What makes chess engines so good at chess?

Computers are thought to calculate every possible move. However, for eg. there are about 20 possible first moves and 20 possible responses to that and so by this logic the no. of positions after for ...
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How can I automatically extract features from a position?

I am working on a project where I take a chess board position (FEN string converted to binary) & it's evaluation score and feed it to a neural network. My aim is to make the neural network ...
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How do you save the “Level” in Arena Chess?

Is it possible to save the "Level" in Arena Chess PGN files? Whenever I save a game as a .PGN file, and the level is set as "Time Per Move", Arena opens the game and sets the level to "Blitz" ...
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ChessDB databases import

I've just installed the ChessDB software hosted at SourceForge. While discovering the software I see that the databases that come with the software are empty and I would like to know how to import ...
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Software To Create Chess Videos

Is there any free software to create chess videos? I see some nice videos on chess.com and on Youtube. The way arrows are drawn on the board, highlighting squares or pieces are really wonderful ...
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Interactive chess coaching software

Is there a chess software that helps you train while you play against it? I know there is software to train openings and such, but I would like one to actually advice you interactively as you play ...
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Chess GUI for windows that shows two boards?

Is there a Chess GUI for Windows that shows both the board from white's perspective and black's perspective side by side, without the need for flipping?
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What would happen if multiple GMs played on both sides of a chess match?

Imagine a situation where a team of top Grandmasters would face another team of top Grandmasters over a single chess board and play a series of games. Would the games always end in a draw? Would ...
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How to setup ChessX to tell the name of the current opening?

I have ChessX 1.0 for Mac OSX. Is there a way for it to tell the name of the current opening position?
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Easy to use, MS Word-like tool to record chess games

Apologies for being a noob in this matter - a senior citizen friend of mine is looking for desktop publishing-like software to record chess games (diagrams along with personal reflection). The goal is ...
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How to sort a chess PGN game by date?

Is there a way to sort a PGN chess game by date and export the sorted games as a new PGN file?
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Smartphone app with Wordfeud-like time constraints

In Wordfeud, it's kind of play-and-forget. When your opponent makes a move, you get a notification. Typically I would move once a day while commuting to and from work. A game would typically take a ...
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a good uci to winboard adapter

I found one before on the internet but it keeps the CPU at 100% ,hangs a lot, and doesn't exit when the program (ChessMaster in this case) close.
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Software for opening repertoire practice

I am developing an opening repertoire for white based on d4 and c4. I think this is going all right, but what I am looking for is a chess program that can exercise my repertoire knowledge. ...
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How to represent chess state with a bitboard

I'm interested in programming a chess engine and using bitboards to represent the state of the game. I know there are a few open source chess engines that use bitboards, but its not so easy to look at ...
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How to use Houdini with SCID on Mac OS?

I have recently moved to a Mac. Immediately I've installed Scid (looks very nice on the Mac) but I couldn't find a way to use my Houdini as a chess engine. Supposedly, it should run with Wine, but I ...
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How can I train myself in pawn endgames?

I'm looking for a chess program which offers to play pawn endgames to improve myself. For example, can I force Fritz 13 to play pawns endgames? If so, how can I achieve this?
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Is there software or a device that allows bookmarking positions to allow variation analysis?

I'm wondering if there is any chess software or portable chess computer that allows a position to be bookmarked while a variation is examined? For example, it's possible to download pgn for games ...
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How to switch the engine off in Arena?

I use Arena. I want to input my game and create a pgn. But I have a problem, because if I make a move, the engine automatically makes a move as well. I want to make moves for white and for black. I ...
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What is the highest known lower bound for mate in N from starting position?

Edit: It seems my question was not clear enough. Let me rephrase: What is the largest N for which we can knowingly say "chess, from the starting position, is not a forced mate in N moves"? Chess is ...
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Does SCID have a function that allows to print a single game with variations as ECO table?

Other major chess database programs allow this, but I am curious if SCID has this "print as repertoire" function. Opening report in SCID creates an ECO table from multiple games, but I'd like to ...
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Is it possible to expect different results from computer vs same computer on the same machine?

I wanted to see if a computer can beat the same computer, on the same machine. The first match is on chess.com, I played vs computer, I open two tabs, the first one is computer (white) vs me (black) ...
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Uploading chessboard to website

I am a beginner programmer with some experience in HTML, PHP, and Java. I would like to upload a chessboard onto my website, and I have used the following links to help me: ...
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Tool that suggests tactics exercises based on game analysis

Does anyone know of any common tool that can go throughout your game database (I have a couple of hundreds of my game's PGNs), and extract tactics that one should be training? I believe something as ...
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Is there software that simulates the Tri-D or 3-D chess as seen in Star Trek?

I want to try this game without making/buying a board and it is easier to learn to play when the computer can prevent invalid moves. Does any software, preferably freeware, exist which simulates this ...
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What is the best way to maintain an opening repertoire in electronic form?

I am torn between two options: a) having a database with separate games (e.g. in pgn files, or any one of ChessBase, Chess Assistant or SCID database format), where each game would be a subvariation ...
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Is PGN split utility available anywhere?

A couple of places on the web mention a free utility called pgnsplit, that does the following: "A commandline tool to convert pgn-files including games with variation into pgn-files where each ...
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Are there any (free) programs that utilize Chessmetrics or Glicko-2?

I'm looking for a program that is capable of keeping track of player ratings while taking in the game data, and hopefully outputting rankings based upon those ratings in some form. I've found ...
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OSX implementation of WinBoard / XBoard?

Is there a Mac OSX implementation (or equivalent) of WinBoard / XBoard?
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Chess program that will play an opening against me?

Is there a chess program that will play a specific opening against me? The reason being is that I want to practice against the Ruy Lopez, for example and I want a computer to play up to Bb5. Is ...
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I would like an iPad app for annoting my games

I would like an app for annotating my games and/or replay others' games. Do you have any suggestions?
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Any database that will return the reversed position?

I recently started an online game as White beginning [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1. Nf3 f5 2. d3 Nc6 3. e4 e5 And here I deliberately decided to lose a tempo ...
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A simple free opening editor?

I am looking for a simple and free opening editor where I can save openings and variations. I know Chess Position Trainer is free, but I am looking for something much more simple.
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Can 'Favorites' tagged with “Scid on the Go” be searched for in Scid on PC?

In "Scid on the go" I can label games as favorites, but then the search filter on Scid Vs. Pc 4.8 does not show a way to search those favorites in the database. Is "Favorites" - Scid on the Go ...
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Computer evaluations: How trustworthy are they?

Fritz 12 with Rybka gave a friend of mine an evaluation of +3 for white in this endgame position, which turned out to be a draw. But I've heard that +3 from a computer means a guaranteed win with ...
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How to search a chess database for exchange sacrifices?

I am looking for a way within any of the common chess packages to search for a specific maneuver - rook takes bishop that is protected (i.e. an exchange sacrifice)? I've heard of CQL, but never used, ...
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Simple programs for recording chess games — Like ECTool — for Ubuntu and Windows

I should be able to google this, but I don't know what the name for this item is: I'm looking for a simple program that can be used to record and play back a chess game. I'm not looking for a ...
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Deep Rybka vs Deep Fritz vs Houdini vs (other), which one to buy?

I want to invest my hard-earned money to buy a chess engine which can help me to: analyze games easily experiment with different opening repertoire strategical analysis positional play I don't ...