Are there engines are especially recommended for strategic/positional analysis? I'm especially looking to use the engine in complex, opening position.

  • In earlier times, HIARCS was always recommended for these kind of analyses. I'm not sure if it's up to date, though.
    – Glorfindel
    Aug 18, 2017 at 19:34
  • Yeah, I assume these things evolve and change a lot. I found an article from two years ago that recommended Komodo and then Houdini, while a few years ago it was Rybka...
    – acye
    Aug 18, 2017 at 19:49
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    No chess engine is good for strategic/positional analysis, you will need a chess coach.
    – SmallChess
    Aug 20, 2017 at 14:02

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Chess engine is just a tool, your question is like asking which calculator your should use for learning mathematics.

An engine will just give you a score and a computer line, it tells you what you should play but it doesn't tell you what you shouldn't do.

You'll need to work hard, and use the engine to aid your analysis. Consider to pay for a human chess coach.

  • The intention of the question was if there are engines that tend to approach the positions from a more positional (or strategic) aspect. The comment below mentioned Komodo, and this seems to be a common perception. However, not sure if this is noticeable for ordinary humans or only on a very subtle level.
    – acye
    Oct 7, 2017 at 21:22

Rybka has a "deep analysis" feature but it is still too hard for engines to do this work. You might notice it recommends a move and evaluates the position as +1 or something and then if you play down the line a move or two it changes its mind and it is suddenly +0.


The engine Komodo is supposed to be renowned for its positional bent, owing to its emphasis on evaluation over depth. GM Simon Williams mentions this in a YouTube video, and this is also reported on the Wikipedia page of the engine.

Unfortunately the engine is proprietary and currently goes for $99.

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