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Render a chessboard from a PGN file

I’d like to render a 2D chessboard image and save it after the last move as a PNG or JPEG from a given PGN file on a Linux console. How can I do this? I have a PGN file and I want to get a screenshot ...
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How to determine the value of a chess set?

I'm buying this set. It looks expensive, yet it's cheap. So how to determine the value of a set? How much does a first class set usually cost? Does it include a timer or any accessories? Are there ...
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What sort of strategies unfold on this elongated board?

I recently found this incredibly elongated chess board on the /r/gaming subreddit, with this image: There was a comment thread discussing the potential strategies of playing on this board, with some ...
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Why are there 64 squares on a chessboard?

My question is, why not 36, 49, 81 or some other square number? Do any historical sources point to how and why chess came to be played on 64 squares in particular? Has it always been so?
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What Chess board companies are the most reputable?

As a follow up to my original question What are the characteristics of a good chess board? I was wondering what companies are the most reputable for Chess board construction. Since I am just a ...
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Which chess variant has the largest board?

The largest I could find was for Double Chess, with a 16x12 board. Is there a variant with a bigger board? It doesn't have to be a variant in which chess pieces follow their orthodox movement rules.
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Interactive Chess Whiteboard

I am a coach at a small high school. We are starting a chess club. We have Epson BrightLink projectors with the interactive boards. Is there a way we can have a chess board displayed on the whiteboard ...
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What are some good quality magnetic chess sets?

I'm looking for an attractive (probably all-wood external) magnetic chess set that has reasonably strong magnets and pieces of relatively normal size; I've had enough of the chintzy plastic ones with ...
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Chess set icons

I am looking for an examples of a free chess set icons. It would be nice if the place allow to download them, but this is not really important, as I will still need to redraw them in svg format. Just ...
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Where can I find Pauls' 1874 article on the n-queens problem?

Where can I find the following article, which concerns the n-queens problem? E. Pauls, Das Maximalproblem der Damen auf dem Schachbrete, II, Deutsche Schachzeitung. Organ f¨ur das Gesammte ...
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48 pieces on one board

I saw this picture on the Internet. I am wondering if there is any way to play on this board. Does anyone know what the rules are for this type of chess?
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What does it take to become a professional chess player?

I need to know how start to become a professional chess player so that I can participate in tournaments. I first tried to find someone who knows how to play, but didn't find anyone. So I started ...
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What system do DGT boards use?

DGT boards allow it to be connected with a computer, and thus sending it the moves. WHat algorithm does it use to verify the moves pieces?
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How to learn chess board coordinates?

I am relatively new to chess, and wonder, what is a fast (and hopefully easy) way to learn chess board coordinates, so when I am watching a video where the commentator says 'Knight F 6' ,i know to ...
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Magnetic chess question

I'm a maker and I'm doing my own chess board. I want the board to be able to sense where are the pieces located, so my idea is to use magnetic sensors and magnetic pieces. I would like to just ask ...
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How to craft a chess set?

I'm thinking to have fun this summer, trying to craft my own wooden chess set. Has anyone tried doing so? How should I proceed? What materials to buy? what guides to follow?
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What are the characteristics of a good chess board?

I just read the question: What are some good quality magnetic chess sets? and I was left with a few more general questions: What is a comfortable board size for home vs travel? What height of chess ...
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What are some physical chess simulators?

My father likes to play chess but doesn't have any friends who would play with him. I suggested him playing it on tablet device but he doesn't like the touchscreen interface. He needs to touch the ...
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Symmetries in chess

The same games of chess could be played if: white and black squares were swapped (i.e. the board rotated by 90 degrees) or king and queen were swapped in the starting position (i.e. white/black ...
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Share a board in realtime to teach chess

A user of our community with solid experience in the game wants to teach others. There is a video broadcast in our site. I need to attach a shareable chessboard to the broadcast. Where a coach can ...
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Real Chess Board which detects the moves we do

We a friend and I play chess we usually don't write down our moves. It would be great if there would be chess boards which detects our moves. We could play using a tablet computer, but we prefer to ...
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How to highlight current and previous move of the player in chessboard.js?

I want player 2 to see what last move player 1 has moved. The best way to do this would be to highlight the last move. How is it possible in chessboard.JS?
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Are there non-Chess games that use a chess board with “black on the right”

Are there any non-Chess games that use a chess board where the bottom-right hand cell for each player is black rather than white?
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Initial position with board “reflected”

The rule says that the a1 (and consequently the h8) square must be black, in other words, the leftmost square of the first row of each player must be black. With this the kings stay at the right side ...
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Alright so if you a pawn makes it to the other side can that player grab a castle and say its a queen? [duplicate]

EDIT - Tony adds this interpretation, which hopefully the OP will accept by removing this line. If one of my pawns captures a Rook (which is on the 8th rank) can I promote that pawn to a Queen in the ...
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Opening a chess club

Beside the chess sets and clocks, what materials are needed? I took care of the place, I'm talking about chess materials needed. Now lets talk about the materials, I would like to buy them this week, ...
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What Did Benjamin Franklin Mean by the Quote “Snatch not eagerly at every advantage offered by his unskilfulness or inattention”?

I was reading the following article at http://www.chess.com/forum/view/general/benjamin-franklin-on-the-morals-of-chess, and on the last paragraph, Ben Franklin says "Snatch not eagerly at every ...
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Web Interface for training by dragging and dropping pieces

Is there any web chess interface that lets me handle chess pieces as I like ? I mean it will allow me to drag and drop pieces wherever I want them to be on the chessboard and add as many pieces as I ...
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For best chess players… Help me [closed]

I have one question in my mind that while playing chess game with real person... . I also want to become winner.not only me but all starters. . 1. What do you feel. 2. How do you think. 3. How can you ...
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Are alphanumeric style chessboards becoming less popular?

It seems that most of the chessboards being offered for sale in the House of Staunton or Regency Chess - except for cheap vinyl tournament chess boards - do not have alphanumeric coordinates marked on ...
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Electronic chessboard, what are they used for?

I once saw a GM on youtube using an electronic chessboard, a board that could be plugged to a computer. I liked the idea. What is it used for? When should one consider buying it?
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I blunder too much on wooden sets?

I have played 99% of my games online, I have seen and learn almost everything related to chess with the fonts Alpha or Mérida, either through diagrams or games, etc . However, when I play with actual ...
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Why is a 0x88 chessboard array of size 128 bytes when 0x88 is decimal 136?

I am starting to look at chessboard representation with the 0x88 hex array board rep, but I'm getting confused! Please help me understand it properly! The 0x88 chess board representations I have seen ...
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Chess Pieces like classic 1997 “Pure Mate” ad

I used to have this print up on my locker in highschool, and have had a blown-up, framed version in my living room for the past several years. I've recently started playing chess regularly again and ...