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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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ChessBase 15 “fast” reference search

I am actually drilling methodically several lines (1...e5 and 1...e6 2...d5 but the question won't depend on that) of the english opening, using ChessBase 15 fast reference search. The qualifier "...
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How can I migrate my openings from Chess Position Trainer to another database when the pgn too large to import?

I have used Chess Position Trainer for years. I now only play "postal" chess and no longer memorize openings. Also chess position trainer is the only application I have the requires windows and I ...
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Looking for special chess freeware

I am looking for chess freeware that ideally has the following facilities, and I am wondering what compromises I'll need to accept. I am also requesting the results of your experiences. List Of Needs ...
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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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Chess Position Trainer in Conjunction with Chessbase or Similar

I have a repertoire stored in Chessbase and currently export these as PGNs when updated, and train them in ChessTempo for its spaced repetition. I do not like the Chessbase repertoire training feature,...
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PythonChess - Get engine to predict a list of the best moves in a position

Say that I currently have a board, and then on that board I move my e2 pawn to e4. I'm looking for a way to get the engine to predict the X amount of best moves for black. I know how to predict the ...
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What was one shortcoming of alpha zero that Kasparov noted?

I [Kasparov] can look at AlphaZero’s games and understand the potential weaknesses. And I believe it has made some inaccurate evaluations, which is natural. The reason he says that is AlphaZero ...
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What was it that AlphaZero did that dazzled experts?

Wired magazine recently said Most remarkably, AlphaZero uncovered new approaches to the game that dazzled chess experts. Just what was unique about alpha zero that was so dazzling?
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Searching for a position in the mega database 2020 with ChessBase 15

The setup is ChessBase 15 with the mega database 2020. I look in it for the Najdorf starting position [FEN "rnbqkb1r/1p2pppp/p2p1n2/8/3NP3/2N5/PPP2PPP/R1BQKB1R w KQkq - 0 1"] as follows : I double ...
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Export KPvK endings positions (up to black/white symmetry) from ChessBase 15 using python-chess

I have the Mega Database 2020 from ChessBase and ChessBase 15. I am using ChessBase 15 to search the Mega Database 2020, my search criterion being all games ended through a KPvK (king and pawn vs. ...
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A script that can create a chess tree from an EPD file

Is there any script (any language) that can make a chess tree from an EPD file? Or what algorithm (any example) should be use to create it on my own? I am looking for one like the Chessbase opening ...
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How to install chess.pgn on python?

I don't know how to import chess.pgn on Python. I searched everywhere, but I didn't find anything. Can anybody here help me?
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Failing to understand how to start Popeye

I am trying to run the chess solving program Popeye, but I am currently failing on how to actually start the program. I am using Windows for this. There is an English guide, and, as I far as I can ...
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What to put in a personal chess database?

I was thinking about creating a personalized chess database for my correspondence chess play. What sorts of contents are useful to put in it and is there any big difference in having your own database ...
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Early line in english opening not in the chessbase powerbook 2019 but seen by stockfish 10 64bits under latest fritz

I am looking at 1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 dxc4 4.Nf3 and Chessbase's Powerbook 2019 only proposes 4...c6, 4...g6, 4...a6, 4...Nbd7, 4...Qd6 or 4...Be6 whereas Fritz 17 64bits latest update using ...
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Is a Finite State Machine a good way to model chess?

A very common model in programming is the Finite State Machine (FSM) (see here for a great worked example.) Is a FSM a good way to model chess? What are the best ways to go about it? What chess ...
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New Fritz 17 User

I have just moved from Fritz 13 to Fritz 17 and have set up a new database with all my club games. I can easily retrieve the game, however, when I press analysis and replay a new box appears with full ...
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What are good Android apps to learn chess from scratch?

Knowing nothing but the rules of chess, I'd like to start learning a bit more. Some kind of tutorial app for my Android smartphone would be perfect as I can use it anywhere. The app should give ...
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Human assisted handicapped engine against engine, adjustable parameters

I am looking for software preferably local interface on windows, to play human+engine against engine with access to search parameters such as depth and "greed" or dismissal factor (controlling ...
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Possible game result combinations in a FIDE tournament report file

I am currently working on a small side project and want to write a chess tournament manager in Haskell. To properly set up the data structures I am wondering what the possible results of a chess game ...
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Need Help: Chess live data api for wordpress

I am working on a project creating a chess news portal. Can anyone help with Chess live data API for WordPress? That way, I can display live results and updates automatically
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Chess software that enables you to set up a position from scratch?

I'm looking for chess software (free or otherwise) that will allow me to completely clear the board and set it up as I wish in order to analyze a specific situation. All of the chess puzzle software I'...
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ChessBase Tactics Database

I was sent a database of over 3000 mate-in-2 puzzles; however, most of them (almost 2200 of them) only have the first move provided as a solution. I am hoping that I will not have to go back and add ...
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What is the best way to interface with Stockfish in a C++ program?

I am looking for a way to have my C++ program communicate with Stockfish. An ideal solution would use the compiled version and my program would send commands to the .exe which would return the results....
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How do I make arrows and colored squares using Chesstempo's viewer?

I am using Anki to study chess. I use Chesstempo's viewer. My question is: How can I make arrows and squares with color on the board?
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How can I set up en passant in the Popeye engine?

I want to solve a problem with Thomas Maeder's excellent Popeye engine, and to specify that a possible en passant in the diagram is ok. How can I do this please? The documentation seems opaque. Thanks ...
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How to tweak a chess engine like SF to return a variation which is only slightly better than your moves?

By default, engines return the strongest variation(s) they calculate. I was wondering if there is a way to tweak an open source chess engine to show a move from their MultiPV which is slightly better ...
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Software with support for Database with opening analysis

I'm looking for a software tool that will: Engine Support. For analysis suggestions. Support for software evaluation of the moves. I guess this is optional, although I've seen this feature in ...
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Is there any software (preferably Linux) that, when managing a database, can inform you about opening transpositions?

To make it simple, let's say that I play a game that opens with 1. e4 d5 2. d4. I use Scid-vs-PC, and in this position, it just shows a bunch of games. Od course, if black plays now 2 ... e6, we ...
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Chess software to analyze games

My son is into chess and plays chess tournaments. I would like to know what good chess software is available to analyze his games. The software should analyze move-by-move and should point out weak/...
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Is there a description of the files used by USCF ratings reports?

When a USCF rated tournament is submitted for rating, the tournament director submits to the USCF a set of dBase III files (.DBF files) that include the tournament data. I've never seen a description ...
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What computing knowledge do you need to solve chess? [duplicate]

I am a 2300-rated FM in chess. Sometimes I want to know to know is this: what computing knowledge do you need to solve the game of chess? Does anyone know precisely?
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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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