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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 there program that can do this, paid or free?

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    It's not really an answer, but it seems to me that it would be trivial to set up a board position at 3. Bb5 and make the computer play it from there. A little more effort than forcing an opening book, but it should work. – Jonathan Garber Apr 5 '13 at 15:58
  • @JonathanGarber That is how I do it with Crafty. – Nathan Monteleone Apr 6 '13 at 17:21
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Fritz published by ChessBase can do it for you.

Let's see this tutorial to force Fritz to play specific opening.

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You can do this with LucasChess. And you can chose as opponent any engine you like or dozens of preconfigured opponents with various personalities.

  • As far as I can tell (it's not very clear after a solid 2 minutes searching) this is for Windows only. Do you know if this is correct? – Ian Bush Mar 11 at 9:46
  • There have at least been attempts to port LucasChess to Linux. See there: lucaschess.blogspot.com/2015/05/…. I don't know if current versions are available for Linux. And it seems to run in Wine: youtube.com/watch?v=BJOSCJnjJ7c – Wickie Mar 14 at 16:27

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