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Questions tagged [software]

Questions about chess-related software, but not including chess-playing engines; there's a more specific tag for those questions, the [engines] tag.

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Need four chess softwares that support blindfold and mini window

I am looking for 3 more chess softwares that support blindfold and mini window. My plan is open 4 chess softwares on a desktop 2 by 2 simultaneously. Now I have found Winboard is an excellent: ...
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Why can't I use my stockfish engine with python chess? [closed]

I'm using python chess and I'm trying to use my stockfish 10 engine downloaded from the stockfish website. import chess.uci engine = chess.uci.popen_engine(r"stockfish-10-linux/Linux/...
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Is there any software that will analyse games offline?

Usually I use Lichess to analyse games, but sometimes I am offline. Is there any software with the capability of providing offline computer analysis, giving the rate of inaccuracies/mistakes/blunders ...
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Regarding Chessbase softwares

I have bought Houdini 6 pro ( chessbase version ), for the primary purpose of practising by playing games against Houdini 6 pro (and other engines I own) I cannot figure out how to play a game against ...
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Is there a Open Source or Shareware Legal Move Checker Executable?

Background: I wrote and use a custom macro in the NoteTab Pro text editor to convert PGN position analysis to XML. The resulting XML is used on my website to display chess puzzles. I need to check ...
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How is MultiPV enabled in general?

I looked at the "Description of the universal chess interface (UCI)" dated April 2006, and did not find a command or option that seemed to address how a GUI might enable MultiPV (I assume that PV ...
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Scid vs PC, how to get ECO data ?

Installed SCID vs PC. Can this give a count or frequency distribution of the ECO codes of the games ? So far unable to do this. Under the Tools tab there is a selection "Opening Report". This gives a ...
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Embedding chess games from PGN in markdown

How do I embed chess games from PGN files in markdown format?
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Chess software for writing books

I am currently converting some of my chess books into electronic format by manually copying the pgn and making notes. I have found lichess study and chessable courses to be useful in doing this. ...
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Is there a GUI software that exports chess diagrams for chess authors?

Is there a program either Linux or a Windows program that can create a chess position and save it as an image. That image can then be used by the chess author in a book that is being written.
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Offline move trainer software

I am looking for an offline move trainer software like the one chessable has. I am currently looking at PGN's with same opening and I would like to practice these games. For instance, I am looking at ...
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How can I get multiple computer recommended lines in python-chess module?

In python-chess you can communicate with the engine on a given position. However the method presented in https://python-chess.readthedocs.io/en/latest/uci.html using the engine.go() function with only ...
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Bughouse chess tournament pairing software?

Does anyone know of a (free) program which could be used to organize a bughouse chess tournament? Where in each round the partner you have would change. (With the basic idea to put a good and 'less ...
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Is dead position problem solvable?

In chess, there are some dead positions (FIDE Laws of Chess). Arbiter or players will terminate the game OTB, but is it possible to do computer solution for dead position detection? If it is, then how?...
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Swiss-pairing algorithm

Is there a (simple) algorithm for setting up a swiss tournament? I've searched around a little, but can't find anything specific. Alternatively, is there any good and free software available for ...
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Is there a way to get MANY and FAST (but not deep) position evaluations in javascript?

I am working on a statistical chess project that needs to evaluate many (about 20-30) different positions per turn. They do not need to be deep but fast. Is there a possibility to use engines (...
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Elo rating software with automatic random matchups

This question is not about chess per se, but I am looking for a software that could generate random matchups through a list of 200ish options/people, then I could choose the winner and it would rank ...
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What is %eval syntax in PGN

I've seen two formats of [%eval] syntax in PGN: [%eval 250,5] meaning white is +2.5 pawn up at depth 5 [%eval +0.25] means white is 0.25 pawn up Is any of those mentioned by some PGN standard? Which ...
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Minimax and alpha beta

I want to implement a simple chess bot so I have been reading about this algorithm a lot. I can say I understand the basic idea of the algorithm but I can't clearly see how am I supposed to apply it ...
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convert stockfish pv output to show piece names [duplicate]

What are suggested coding snippets to add pieces to pure algebraic notation (this would change g1f3 to Nf3) when using the chess.js and chessboard.js (javascript) interface. Stockfish uses this type ...
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scid vs pc interface [closed]

I am having an issue setting up scid vs pc. I see tons of tutorials and they all show a nice interface with the board, analysis, and other windows all visible on one view. However all I get get is the ...
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Chess GUI that allows null-moves

Is there a GUI that allows null-moves as legal moves? Of course for engines the null-move heuristic already is an established technique.
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How do top players move so fast?

I've seen 3 minute and 1 minute matches on Chess.com where the players move at insane speeds during the last few remaining seconds of the match. I'm talking in milliseconds, I'd at least take that ...
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Which is better: 'Scid' or 'Scid vs PC'? [closed]

I know 'Scid vs PC' is a fork of 'Scid', but which is better?
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alpha-beta algorithm returns a value between alpha and beta inclusive?

I am coding up a chess engine and using the alpha-beta algorithm for tree scanning. I ended up doing what they posted here: int alphabeta(int depth, int alpha, int beta) { move bestmove; if (...
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Output whether the best move is “much better” or only “slightly better” than the other moves

On Oct 31, 2014, Tord Romstad wrote: The moves are not searched in descending order from best to worst. Stockfish has no idea which move is the second, third best, etc., and it doesn't have any ...
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Data set of board representations at checkmate?

I would like to do a simple project by looking at the pieces at play when checkmate occurs. I have been scouring the internet for a dataset of standard chess games from which I can retrieve the ...
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Analysing Crazyhouse Games

I have recently started playing crazyhouse on chess.com. For my normal chess games, I download my chess games in PGN format. Then open them up in chessbase 13 and from within chessbase load up the UCI-...
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I can't bring up specific games Fritz 15 database, how do you do it without scrolling through hundreds of games

There are 2 million games in the Fritz 15 database. Is there a way to bring up a specific game without scrolling through hundreds of games? I know how to find games of player, but players like ...
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Tips for debugging and progressing a chess engine's implementation

As I mentioned in previous questions I'm currently following this tutorial for building my chess engine. The code was written in C#, but mine is in C++ and I'm in the phase of finalizing the board / ...
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Is there modern chess software similar to ChessMaster series?

I'm interested in a software for a middle-casual player. It should have learning tools, rich graphics with modern screens support and some entertainment features, similar to ChessMaster. Chessmaster ...
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Can one import FENs of positions involving checkmate into Droidfish?

I recently copied the following curious position (from this answer) to clipboard, and tried pasting it in Droidfish. 3b1q1q/1N2PRQ1/rR3KBr/B4PP1/2Pk1r1b/1P2P1N1/2P2P2/8 w - - 0 1 However, the ...
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What is a base chess engine?

For the asmFish 2017 11 05 there is one option as a base bmi2 and popcnt. What does base mean? Is it just a weaker version of the correct one or is it the fully capable engine https://github.com/...
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where are the revision logs for asmFish

Please help because I can't find the revision logs on any website. I want to download version 051117 but I literally cannot get any website to have it.
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Are there any 'romantic' chess programs?

Are there any chess programs, which play gambits? I have two solutions in mind: It tries to offer situations where one of your moves looks quite promising on the short term (3-5 moves), but later it ...
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Recommended software for ICCF play?

I am interested in playing correspondence chess online through the ICCF. It is my understanding that using computers is not only allowed, but almost mandatory. My question is: What all kinds of ...
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Can a chess engine tell you why a move is bad or good?

Can any chess engine tell you why a move is bad or good? For example, say a chess engine says the score against my opponent is currently +2 in my favor. I then make a move and my score drops to say 1....
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Game databases vs. various languages/character sets

How do people use chess software in large countries like China, India or Russia, if they don't speak English, and more importantly, if they don't know Latin letters? With unicode there's not big ...
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Where can I download a 6 man endgame tablebase

I just cannot seem to find a link to a 6 man download endgame tablebase from syzygy. If anyone could provide me with a link it would be greatly appreciated.
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Changing UCI output to include piece names

UCI output from engines is generally raw in the form of g1f3 and e2e4 representing Nf3 and Pe4. One engine I saw (lozza) sends its PV output with the piece names. Others, like Stockfish, don't ...
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how many CPU in 4 CPU cores [closed]

I may be being dumb but I am wondering if I want 4 CPU for my chess engine, if I set the number of CPU cores to 4 will that get me to 4 CPU for the chess engine?
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Can one simulate a top GM strength?

I would like to know roughly if a top GM could win a given position against a top engine. Is there a way of adjusting an engine's settings to simulate the strength of a top GM in order to make it ...
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Why can't FIDE use a Non-Deterministic Gender Neutral Swiss Pairing system?

I have been following the controversy surrounding the pairings of Hou Yifan at the IOM chess tournament 2017. She was paired with 4 consecutive female players, this is following her last open swiss ...
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Backwards Chess Program

Is there a chess program where you can create a position and the program creates a game, expecting the best possible moves to get there, or the most common? A problem I would see is some positions ...
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Software-based training on Linux

10 years ago I used to learn from an old version of Fritz on DVD. It was great. It had a teaching move while you played full games and it also had automated curriculum to teach you openings, endings, ...
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Getting started in position-counting by computer

I have quite a bit of programming background, and even game programming background, but have never looked at a real chess engine before. I recently stumbled on this puzzle-question, which asks for ...
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How do I get Stockfish to show notes like it does on Lichess?

I want to write a program to stop a chess game if Stockfish decides that checkmate is unavoidable for a player as a learning exercise. I downloaded Stockfish for Mac and it gives what it thinks is the ...
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Time/PLY to let engine run for opening analysis

For critical positions in your opening repertoire: How many PLY do you recommend to let the engine run on a single move (referring to a roughly equal position, about +0.15-0.2) How much time does ...
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Why can a chess move improve the chance of winning, according to the computer?

When watching the Sinquefield cup on http://grandchesstour.org/, it is possible to try different moves, and see how the computer evaluates the standing after your suggested move. Now, most moves ...
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How are centipawns calculated?

I found on the Web some information what centipawns are. But how exactly programs calculate this loss? How can I recognize if one move will bring less centipawn loss that an another? Assuming both ...