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I could not find this in the GNU Chess manual by searching, although I might be overlooking it, under a different name.

What I am seeking to do with GNU Chess is quite simple: Specifying the position of every single piece on the board, for both players, and deciding who starts after that. I'm currently reading a beginner's book on Chess, as I know nearly nothing about it, and would like to follow the tutorials, which suggest to start with particular positions with a chess computer or advanced player, and figure out how to survive.

The optimal feature would be having the possibility to keep those starting positions in text files, so that I can reuse them and modify them.

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The manual can be found on GNU Chess's website. To set a custom position, use the setboard command followed by the FEN string of the game position.

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    The manual linked doesn't mention the setboard command. It does mention the epdload command, however. setboard is an x-board command. Mar 30, 2023 at 2:03
  • @L.ScottJohnson Indeed setboard does not seem to be part of the commands list, although epdload is. Thanks for pointing this out. So, if I go something like gnuchess epdload filename in Bash, it just starts a game with the position specified in the extended position description file? Thanks again.
    – GPWR
    Mar 30, 2023 at 21:54

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