I was surprised to learn that you can download and use Shredder for free. I was also surprised to learn that a GUI is required and needs to be downloaded separately. I was happy to learn that you can find some decent-looking chessboard GUIs for free on the internet. My question is: once I download Shredder and the appropriate GUI, what do I need to do to get them to work together?

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    That's dependent on the GUI. Try SCID.
    – Tony Ennis
    Commented Dec 30, 2015 at 19:59
  • That is a GUI, right? My question is: how do I connect the engine to the GUI once I've downloaded both? Commented Dec 30, 2015 at 20:01
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    Read the instructions, it is all there. And SCID comes with several engines including Stockfish 4.
    – Tony Ennis
    Commented Dec 30, 2015 at 20:10
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    Also try ChessBase Reader: en.chessbase.com/pages/download
    – limits
    Commented Dec 30, 2015 at 20:52
  • @overtheboard this may be good, but is it free? Commented Dec 30, 2015 at 21:11

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Using GUI menu, you have to show engine filepath. Thats all.

Every GUI is different but there should be something like "add engine" where you can browse and select engine binary file.

  • Thank you. I guess with enough playing around with it, I might have been able to figure it out. Thanks again. Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 3:32

Out of topic, but if you want free chess engine with ready UI and very powerful engine, I would reccommend you to use Stockfish.

  • OK. When I went on the Stockfish website, they said I needed to download a GUI separately. Do they really have an "all-in-one" package? Commented Dec 31, 2015 at 13:23
  • It appears that they provide an integrated "all-in-one" - but only for Mac. So if you have a Mac, you could be in luck...
    – patbarron
    Commented Dec 31, 2015 at 15:30
  • I'm afraid I don't. You had me really excited for a moment there. :) Commented Jan 1, 2016 at 13:18
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    SCID comes with Stockfish 4. It's GM or near GM strength. Download Stockfish 6. Then open SCID and use the Tools->engines (or some such) to configure the location of Stockfish 6. It is not too hard.
    – Tony Ennis
    Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 3:48
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    @MattCremeens at the wors you can get it on your phone. for Androids, it is called Droidfish. For iphones - Stockfish Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 14:24

You have to use http://es.lichess.org/analysis It´s free and good.

  • have to use? is there a gun to his head or what? Commented Jan 31, 2020 at 4:08

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