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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Is there a good program to play chess online in ubuntu?

I really missed playing chess with someone who know how to play, I am looking for a good program to play chess online from ubuntu computer. Any Ideas?
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Looking for an iPhone app for working out chess problems

I'm looking for an iPhone app that will allow me to set up a chess problem and work out its solution. I've seen apps that present me with a battery of chess problems but don't allow me to set up my ...
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Chessbase: how to efficiently use two reference database simultaneously

In Chessbase I use the Mega Database as my reference database when in a board. However, I recently downloaded a Correspondence database and would like to look up positions in it as well. Is there a ...
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Chess database software for variants

For regular chess, I use SCID and it works well. It has database searches, position searches, player stats, and a nice compact file format (i.e. not PGN, which is inefficient and big). Is there any ...
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How to evaluate and comment moves in PGN format?

I want, with Python-chess, to evaluate any movement of some game and generate the PGN with analysis, as Chess.com does in its analysis. For example, i played one game with fools mate and they ...
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Why does Lichess only tell me my “inaccuracies”, “mistakes”, and “blunders”, and not e.g. my “brilliancies”?

A computer analysis of a game in Lichess lists your "inaccuracies", "mistakes", and "blunders". An example is below: What I don't understand is why Lichess doesn't point out my good moves. It seems ...
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Using the tree window in SCID on a subset of games in the database

With a database open in SCID, one can use the tree window to explore openings. Among other things, it shows the frequency of each move that has been played in the current position and how well that ...
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How does engine strength scale with hardware?

Say I run Komodo on my 4-core machine. How much stronger would Komodo be if I used an 8-core machine? A 40-core machine? A 4000-core machine? Is there a general relation for this? Also, does this ...
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Color-coding moves and games

If you are familiar with watching chess broadcasts on ChessBomb, you'll know they have an engine running on the server which evaluates moves, and colors each move according to whether (according to SF)...
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Board editor using customized pieces and board

I'm looking for a program or website which offers to create chess diagrams using custom piece sets. I know many sites and programs that offer this but with a preset types of pieces. This is the case ...
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Why is Apronus allowing the white king to castle through an attacked square?

I was using Apronus to make an new chess puzzle for Puzzling Stack Exchange, but then it did something odd. Take a look here: [FEN ""] 1. Nh3 f5 2. e4 fxe4 3. d3 exd3 4. Be2 Kf7 5. Qd2 dxe2 6. O-O ...
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Custom icons/designs for online with other people?

Somewhat of a peculiar question/request/search. Basically, I'm looking for any software/website/etc. where I can play chess with friends however the only caveat is that the icons/designs/board pieces/...
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Rating system for 5000 players

we belong to a state in India with over 5000 active players. FIDE rating tournaments and FIDE rated players are here but we wish to start a new internal rating system like the USCF or ACF rating ...
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Which is the most popular and crowded chess server?

Which is the most popular and crowded chess server? I'm new at computer chess, and want to start playing at servers, but I do not understand where I have to play. I am hearing about freechess, ...
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Chess GUI recommendation for linux [closed]

Which chess GUI will be good for Linux. I have tried a lot of GUI's, but as I am new at computer chess, I have no idea about pros and cons of chess GUI's. Which is chess GUI will you recommend? Is ...
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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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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....