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How to switch the engine off in Arena?

I use Arena. I want to input my game and create a pgn. But I have a problem, because if I make a move, the engine automatically makes a move as well. I want to make moves for white and for black. I ...
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Arena: How to have the engine only analyze and let me play as both White and Black

I enjoy watching chess videos where, say, an opening is analyzed and besides the main line, the lecturer also explores alternatives and explains why they are bad or good. I would like to do this ...
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Assigning Engines in Arena

How does one assign a specific engine to a specific color in Arena? I load a PGN file and move to a specific point in the game. At that time I want to assign Engine A to play black and Engine B to ...
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Software for reading aloud the moves of a chess games in Arena or SCID vs PC

I have just downloaded the Arena and SCID vs PC GUI clients. Both seem wonderful and work seamlessly with most of the chess engines like Rybka and Stockfish. I can't wait to get started by analysing ...
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How do you have Arena show the second and third best move in analysis?

How do you have Arena show the second and third best moves in analysis? I seem to be able to only see the evaluation for the engine's best move.
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Removing engine thinking (variations) in Arena Chess

I setup a position in Arena. Then lets engine vs engine plays it after pressing 'Demo' button. The problem is Arena put engine thinking as well into the moves list. (in green font). Check the ...
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Why can't I castle on Arena chess? [closed]

I play chess a lot against Arena (the GUI thing), but I can't seem to castle. The requirements for castling are met, just the castling itself doesn't work. I'm on windows.
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Reading UCI Engine output in Arena Chess

So for the most part I understand what I am looking at, but i have two questions about the first piece of data. Here is an example that I am looking at. Firstly, the first column has values 1/4, 1/8, ...
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Arena Question - How Do I Set it So Arena Has a Time Limit But I Don't?

I just download the arena chess program which is a chess playing GUI. Frankly, I'm kind of lost. I am trying to play chess games with the engines that come with it. How can I set it so that the ...
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Looking for a Horrible-by-design chess engine

friends... I am looking for a really-bad-by-design chess engine, compatible with Arena chess GUI... Not just lowering engine power... I have tried lowering Stockfish's power, and it didn't suit my ...
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Playing stockfish level 3000 on Arena 3.5.1

I downloaded Arena 3.5.1, and then downloaded stockfish from https://stockfishchess.org/ it had 4 files: stockfish_8_x32.exe stockfish_8_x64.exe stockfish_8_x64_bmi2.exe stockfish_8_x64_popcnt.exe ...
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How to show captured pieces in Arena?

I'm using Arena 3.5 on Windows. When playing, I want to see a list of the captured pieces beside the board in Arena. How do I do that?
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How to view Arena Chess analysis in a chess program?

I made an analysis of a chess game in Arena Chess with stockfish engine. The analysis completed successfully. My question is how can I watch this analysis in a chess program. Arena chess says it made ...
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Debugging my chess engine through the Arena GUI

I coded (with visual studio 2019 on windows 10) an ultra naive chess engine that complies with UCI engine interface rules. Before starting to develop it in more fancy ways, I want to make sure that I ...
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Convert ctg to abk

I have several databases (openings) in ctg format that I use with Fritz or with Chessbase. I would like to use them with Arena, which need abk format. Is the ctg to abk conversion possible?
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Storing tournaments for use in Arena

I want to store a collection of games (say 20) from a certain tournament as a single unit, so when I open the file, I can view all the matches of the tournament as one, instead of viewing each game ...
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Arena Chess playing with the engines

Can someone show me how to stop arena engine from showing lines that he is intending to play while we play rated games? Thanks in advance
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Multiple opening books in Arena?

In Arena, you can select an "Arena main book" which will be the chess opening book that will be displayed in the Book/TB tab. However, is there any way to merge multiple opening books into that tab? ...
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How to change text color in Arena Chess?

I am trying to create a dark color scheme for Arena but the problem is that the text inside the analysis pane – the area below the chessboard – is hard to read. How can I change the color of this text?...
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How to add arbitrary move to analyze by chess engine in Arena

I'm using Arena 3.5.1 with Stockfish_8_x64 engine. In engine output window it proposes best moves with different continuation variants and values. Can I add few arbitrary moves there myself and ask ...
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How do I make a chess engine make moves in Arena?

I've been trying to use Arena to analyze a position, but the engine is not making any moves. I'm using Stockfish, and I click "analyze" to let the engine do the work, however there are no results on ...
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Arena Question-Can more than one match be played at same time in a tournament? [closed]

I am using Arena 3.5.1 version. Is it possible that more than one game can be played parallelly in the tournament? I want to start a Round-Robin tournament between a number of chess engines including ...
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Using Arena (Linux version) with unequal time limits

I use Arena with different engines to study different positions. One thing I haven't figured out is whether it's possible to use Arena to play against an engine where, for instance, I give the engine ...
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Where can I download and how do I set up a 5-man tablebase in Arena GUI?

So, I want to download a 5-man tablebase (I have no disk space for a 6-man one) and set it up so that it works with Stockfish in Arena GUI. Where can I download the tablebase, and how do I install it ...
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Can you manually type moves into Arena? (copy pasting notation)

Is there a way to copy/paste a game into arena? I know how to load a PGN, but suppose I have: 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 1-0 as my game. Can I copy paste this anywhere to get it loaded ...
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How to add variation to a game on Arena Chess?

Suppose I load a game from PGN on arena. Check screenshot. If I want to add a variation to a main move, how can I do it? Is there any option to add a variation?
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Select and deselect piece to move mode in Arena

In Arena I select one field with piece I want to move or click some field accidentaly. Suppose after that I changed my mind and want to make move by other piece, now when I click new piece nothing ...
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How can I undo a specific action in Arena chess?

I opened a game in Arena. And removed a move/variation. If I want to undo it, is there any option in Arena to do that? Pressing Ctrl + Z does not work.
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How to convert commentary into variation in Arena chess?

After analyzing a game by Arena, I got the following output. The moves in the green font are engine suggestion/variation. The problem is I cannot click on moves (in green color). It is put as a ...
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Difference in chess engine strength for ''high end 64-bit multicore PCs'' vs. ''low end multicore 64-bit PCs''

I use Arena for tournaments between chess engines. The interesting thing is that in different 64-bit multi-processor computers ranking is slightly different. I was expecting that they should be the ...
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(Arena) How do I turn off highlighting of occupied squares under attack?

It seem to follow some scheme showing what is under attach and if it is a good trade. Specifially I don't want the red/green/yellow highlighting in the image below. This is v1.1 for Linux.