Is there anything else except Scid / Scid vs PC that shows variations with arrows and also allows you to chose any variation simply by dragging the piece on the board?

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    I'm sure Chessbase does that.
    – SmallChess
    Jun 13, 2017 at 9:35
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    @SmallChess Have you ever seen/done it yourself or you just think CB should do that? Because those are two completely different things.
    – Ahu Lee
    Jun 13, 2017 at 10:25
  • I've seen people use ChessBase software and using arrows and square highlighting many times. And I'm not sure what you mean, but sure you can make any move and e.g. the opening book will jump to that position.
    – TMM
    Jun 13, 2017 at 20:40
  • @TMM I wasn't talking about graphical annotations. "but sure you can make any move and e.g. the opening book will jump to that position" And what does it have to do with the question?
    – Ahu Lee
    Jun 14, 2017 at 10:24
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    Taking such a hostile approach towards people trying to help you is a bad idea. Your question is unclear, which is not our fault.
    – TMM
    Jun 14, 2017 at 13:34

2 Answers 2


You can add a new variation by entering any legal move. If the variation is not already listed, both will add it for you, Chessbase does ask beforehand.

The arrows are drawn by holding down the "alt" key and dragging the mouse between squares. The colored squares are made by holding down the "alt" key and clicking a square. The default color is green, holding down the "ctrl" key changes it to yellow, and the "shift" key for red. All require the "alt" key to be held down. To remove the markings, repeat the procedure.

Winboard has a feature that automatically draws an arrow indicating the last move made.

All markings remain. If you return to any move, any markings you made are still present.

Although you can chose a variation by moving the piece, these programs allow you to use the cursor keys to obtain the same thing.

  • your screenshot shows that you didn't understand my question. Please read it carefully once more. I'm not asking about software where I can draw arrows manually. The program I am looking for should indicate variations with arrows automatically. I mentioned Scid and the fork Scid vs PC for a reason.
    – Ahu Lee
    Jul 2, 2017 at 10:37
  • I reread your question, and it's not clear that you wanted the arrows to indicate the variations. After testing Scid*, I now understand what you're looking for. You could try and alter the GUI. About it not being stable is the problem. Although the source code is provided, finding what makes it unstable without a lot of testing would be very difficult. Send a feedback to the authors, and they might update the program. Jul 3, 2017 at 17:32

I personally use Arena with Komodo but it doesn't have such arrows. Although you can try lichess.org's online analyser. It shows arrows per move and uses stockfish so it will be a pretty good choice if you aren't looking for a offline one.

ctrl+ move a piece to a legal square makes an arrow

  • I do use lichess' analysis boards quite often and mainly because of opening explorer but never seen it showing any variation arrows that I'm asking about here.
    – Ahu Lee
    Oct 30, 2017 at 1:36
  • @AhuLee can you post a screenshot of what you are actually looking for? It will help us understand better.
    – prog_SAHIL
    Oct 30, 2017 at 4:26
  • there is no point in it. Everything has already been discussed here in comments and it's all clear already what I am/was looking for.
    – Ahu Lee
    Oct 30, 2017 at 6:45

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