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Questions relating to chess engines: any computer program that is able to play/analyze chess positions.

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Linux: is there any engine that could play your game like Shredder?

On Windows, I used Shredder to not only analyze my games, but play the game against me or against itself from any given position. I used many engines but only found that option in Shredder, maybe I ...
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Is there a computer program that generates quality chess problems?

Is there a chess engine that automatically generates quality chess problems. For example I will input 3 - it produces a mate in 3 problem. But the problem shouldn't be so obvious that one can solve in ...
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What makes chess engines so good at chess?

Computers are thought to calculate every possible move. However, for eg. there are about 20 possible first moves and 20 possible responses to that and so by this logic the no. of positions after for ...
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How can I automatically extract features from a position?

I am working on a project where I take a chess board position (FEN string converted to binary) & it's evaluation score and feed it to a neural network. My aim is to make the neural network ...
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Is there a single best move in every position?

If it were possible to analyse every possible outcome of a position, would there ever be a single move that could be considered "best"? I know that this is how computers evaluate positions, but they ...
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Step-by-step guide to prepare yourself

Let's say that I have got three years to prepare myself before my first tournament. Here's my status. I need to come up with a plan. Can you help me prepare one? I am a chess enthusiast. I am unaware ...
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Setting up a game between two computers

I was hoping that this would be a simple exercise but I have spent the last two days looking into this and can not find an answer (easy or otherwise). What I want to do is have my iMac play my ubuntu ...
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Free online analysis engine?

Is there an online analysis engine that allows you to enter a PGN and get a game analysis, showing where suboptimal moves were made? I know there are programs for download/purchase that do this, but ...
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How to install stockfish on ubuntu?

Is there an easy guide how to install stockfish on ubuntu? From the main site I can not find any information and github repository does not provide many details. I would really appreciate if someone ...
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How to sort a chess PGN game by date?

Is there a way to sort a PGN chess game by date and export the sorted games as a new PGN file?
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Chess engine with API

I am looking for a chess engine which provides a normal API which I can use with some high level programming language like C# or python. I went through the list of leaders (Houdini, Komodo, Stockfish ...
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Good UCI to WinBoard adapter

I found one before on the internet but it keeps the CPU at 100%, hangs a lot, and doesn't exit when the program (ChessMaster in this case) closes.
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Using chess engines to find moves sequence to make a position

Is there any way to use chess engines (by commands or GUI tools) to find the sequence of moves need to transform an initial position(P1) to a target position(P2) while the count of moves is exactly N? ...
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Humans against computers: is it an advantage to humans to have more time or less

It's clear to me that humans are at a loss when it comes down to playing against computers. (not only due to the answers to my last question (Humans against computers). But, would humans (maybe a ...
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Humans against computers

Are human ratings also progressing, could humans catch up with computers? (maybe playing against strong computers makes us strong) Are team of humans able to defeat computers? Is any competition like ...
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Why buy Houdini?

Why buy Houdini (or Rybka) if Stockfish is essentially as powerful and also is free? Are there special features or a nicer GUI? Can't those features be implemented within the Stockfish engine?
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Studies that have been cooked by computers

A study is unlike a regular chess problem. Instead of "mate in 3" (for instance), a study's instructions are something like "White to draw" (for instance). What this means is to find a line of play ...
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How to represent chess state with a bitboard

I'm interested in programming a chess engine and using bitboards to represent the state of the game. I know there are a few open source chess engines that use bitboards, but its not so easy to look at ...
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Will computer knowledge reach a perfect game, after expanding prepared openings/endgames?

If computers just check in an openings-DB what to do in the first 10, 15 or even 20 moves, and if they just check the endgames-DB at the endgame; wouldn't it reach a point where they have a DB of ...
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Are there games between top computers which uncovered never-seen-before ideas?

Are there games between top computers which uncovered never-seen-before ideas? And if so, how can humans notice? Addendum: I understand the position of James Christopher in his answer, but my ...
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Connecting opening book to chess engine

I have file Rybka.exe and when I use it for the first moves, it always goes Nf3 or Nc3 only (even at strength 1000 and depth 1). I assume that is because it doesn't have opening book assigned (?) to ...
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Chess engines' .dll files usable in C# projects [closed]

Are there any free/paid chess engine .dll files that could be used in a C# project as a reference?
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World Computer Chess Championship: Why don't they run all computers on the same hardware?

I was looking at the results of the 16th World Computer Chess Championship. You can see the hardware that the computer runs on. The reason why i'm asking this is that Mobile Chess engine is running on ...
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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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Are there any bughouse chess engines?

A friend told me its very hard to implement a bughouse chess engine because it requires much more processor power than a regular chess engine. Are there any bughouse engines out there ? if not, what ...
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Is it possible to expect different results from computer vs same computer on the same machine?

I wanted to see if a computer can beat the same computer, on the same machine. The first match is on chess.com, I played vs computer, I open two tabs, the first one is computer (white) vs me (black) ...
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How to work out advantage?

I was wondering if there is any internet resource that would tell me who has the advantage in a game of chess if I input the moves? I want to follow my son online in his chess matches but it doesn't ...
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Tool that suggests tactics exercises based on game analysis

Does anyone know of any common tool that can go throughout your game database (I have a couple of hundreds of my game's PGNs), and extract tactics that one should be training? I believe something as ...
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What does [6/10]-611 stand for?

I am using Chess for Android app by Aart Bik. Fairly easy to use and understand (and difficult to beat). I get these numbers displayed below the noted moves and I think these are analysis symbols ...
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More Optimal Computer-Found Moves

I am looking for examples of scenarios where the believed-best moves among experts were proven wrong by a computer.
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Best continuation in this puzzle, h4 or Qd8?

In the given diagram, I have two best ways to continue for white, which is the better option out of these two and why? [FEN "2Q5/p1P2pkp/1p2p3/5p2/3P4/5P1P/P2q2PK/8 w - - 0 1 "] 1. Qd8 Qf4+ (1. h4 ...
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How high is the level of professional blitz tournaments?

A GM has an elo of at least 2500, and Magnus Carlsen has an elo of almost 2900, so I think you can safely say that most games between grandmasters at a level of 2400-3000 elo. This is obviously very ...
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Is there software that simulates the Tri-D or 3-D chess as seen in Star Trek?

I want to try this game without making/buying a board and it is easier to learn to play when the computer can prevent invalid moves. Does any software, preferably freeware, exist which simulates this ...
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How is a computer programmed to play chess? [duplicate]

How is a computer programmed to play chess? What are the ways by which they sort out the moves? My question is not about programming but the idea behind programming to play chess. That can really help ...
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What type of hardware is the most important for analysing with Houdini?

I am going to analyse a lot of games with Houdini 3. The system on which I am going to analyse it is really powerful, but I am curious, what is the most important type of hardware for such analysis? ...
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Playing chess on a Mac with Stockfish and some GUI

I have a Macbook OS X 10.6 and want to play chess against a challenging program. I'm not very computationally inclined but it seems that I need to download Stockfish and some UCI-compatible GUI. I ...
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Computers in correspondence chess

In competitive correspondence chess, can humans win at all against computers? Do humans contribute at all to the game? Provided that it is allowed by the rules, I fail to see how it is not just ...
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strongest chess engine

Can somebody tell me where can i find an updated list of the strongest chess engines. I want to find out a comparison (ordered list of engines) Information on wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Can you really learn from playing against computers just like when playing against humans?

I am wondering whether or not playing against chess against a computer will help you get better as quickly as playing against humans. The motivation for this questions come from video gaming. I used ...
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Scandinavian: 2. Nc3 d4

I started out with a simple opening: 1. e4 d5 2. Nc3 and then the computer played 2... d4, surprising me, as I had never encountered it before. Since then, I've been trying to analyse the possible ...
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How do chess engines “think”?

What I want to know is how engines are programmed to find moves. I'm sure they first calculate the most forcing lines such as captures and checks. But what about subtle, deep positional moves? They ...
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Why do people say today's chess is dominated by computers?

Everytime I read articles on chess, I see people who say that chess nowadays is dominated by computers. For example if you look for a thread on the subject 'fischer vs carlsen' (just an example) you ...
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Are the best engines better than the best humans?

I think the title asks it all. Under match conditions, would the best chess engines routinely beat the best grandmasters? If you say yes, have there been enough matches played under tournament ...
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Why do chess engines sometimes miss good moves (or take forever to spot)?

It is not the first time that I found a greatly superior move than the chess engine did, it even takes them a while to understand these moves after you make them. For example, the move 15 ... Bf2 in ...
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Computer evaluations: How trustworthy are they?

Fritz 12 with Rybka gave a friend of mine an evaluation of +3 for white in this endgame position, [Title "White to move"] [FEN "8/8/8/3k3p/3P3K/2P3R1/8/7r w - - 0 1"] which turned out to be a draw. ...
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Chess engine - Losers variant

I often use the Pulsar engine to analyze my Atomic games for better play (post-mortem). I definitely learn something, since I am not as smart as Pulsar. I am interested in doing the same thing for ...
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Deep Rybka vs Deep Fritz vs Houdini vs (other), which one to buy?

I want to invest my hard-earned money to buy a chess engine which can help me to: analyze games easily experiment with different opening repertoire strategical analysis positional play I don't ...
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Fritz: Full analysis Vs Blunder check

In Fritz, I am interested to know the differences between the Full Analysis and Blunder Check. The differences at the first look seem superficial. For example, I wouldn't mind if there is no natural ...
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Free, simple chess program for beginners

I can't play chess very well, and want a computer game to play against. I've tried two so far - Chessbase (Fritz 5.32) and Crafty Chess. Both had the same problem that even on the lowest difficulty ...
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Chess engines for analysing games

Up untill now, I have used Rybka for analysis of my games. What other chess engines have you used, and how helpful are they? I am not interested in a list of chess engines with their respective ...

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