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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 Dec 30 '15 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? – Matt Cremeens Dec 30 '15 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 Dec 30 '15 at 20:10
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    Also try ChessBase Reader: en.chessbase.com/pages/download – limits Dec 30 '15 at 20:52
  • @overtheboard this may be good, but is it free? – Matt Cremeens Dec 30 '15 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.

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  • Thank you. I guess with enough playing around with it, I might have been able to figure it out. Thanks again. – Matt Cremeens Jan 2 '16 at 3:32
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Out of topic, but if you want free chess engine with ready UI and very powerful engine, I would reccommend you to use Stockfish.

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  • 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? – Matt Cremeens Dec 31 '15 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 Dec 31 '15 at 15:30
  • I'm afraid I don't. You had me really excited for a moment there. :) – Matt Cremeens Jan 1 '16 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 Jan 2 '16 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 – Kanan Farzali Jan 2 '16 at 14:24
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You have to use http://es.lichess.org/analysis It´s free and good.

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  • have to use? is there a gun to his head or what? – edwina oliver Jan 31 at 4:08

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