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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How to input FEN into Lucas Chess?

How can I input a position into Lucas Chess , in order to view the underlying engine's analysis through Lucas Chess's GUI? The position would be specified in FEN. Under its menu Tools->PGN, Lucas ...
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Does a GUI exist to play on www.lichess.org with a Windows Computer? [duplicate]

I noticed that if you play with a GUI the chess board looks way better. For example, I use ChessBase Reader to play in playchess.com I would like to know if there is a GUI for www.lichess.org
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Why is futility pruning causing an Elo drop in my engine?

I'm getting weird results when introducing futility pruning into Blunder. On the one hand, I'm getting a pretty sizeable reduction in nodes, and I'm searching a full ply deeper for some positions (e.g....
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Chessmaster: Modern version of lectures?

Thing 1: This lichess study says Examining positions from Josh Waitzkin's academy, Larry Christiansen's attacking chess, and other exercises or games from this (now) ancient chess program in light of ...
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Online tool for chess analysis: comment, add variations, insert diagrams, print

Sometimes I like to analyze and annotate my own games and print them on paper. This would usually include commenting some moves, adding variations, inserting diagrams for certain positions, etc. I ...
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meaning of fractional depth in chessbase?

when I load fritz 17 in chessbase, it often shows depth as for e.g. 18/25. what does this mean?
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Problems with computing the Zobrist hash for a chess position?

I'm attempting to use Zobrist hashing in my chess engine, but I'm running into some difficulties getting it to work correctly. I'm using the random numbers from this site so I can test my results ...
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Chess Engine Using LazySMP

I was hoping to parallelize the chess engine I was currently working on. I have done some research on some of the various types of algorithms such as YBWC, ABDADA, and LazySMP which is currently used ...
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ChessBase and Scid vs Pc Annotation

Before posting, I searched all around the board to find if anyone else had asked the same question, but no luck. So I am legally blind, but I love to play chess, and I like to annotate games. Chess....
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Alternative to ChessBase Replay training feature

I've used the ChessBase Replay training feature on my friends PC and now I am missing it. ChessBase is too costly for me. I've tried lichess.org: Practice with computer but instead of playing the ...
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How to validate chess moves with a server? Winboard and Unity 2020.3

I'm looking for advice on how to implement online chess move validation using a winboard chess engine. I am creating a mobile battle chess game in Unity 2020.3. Right now I have the possible moves for ...
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How to create a file in Scid-vs-pc; new chess pieces?

I am a Linux hobbyist and I would like to know if someone could help me understand what steps I should follow to create this chess piece file in scid-vs-pc: http://gorgonian.weebly.com/scid-vs-pc.html ...
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Is there a free online chess repertoire tool?

Is there a free online chess repertoire tool? It can be some place where you register, save variations and comments, and navigate with a board what you do. I was used to chessply, but apparently it ...
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Is there any android app or software that allow me to create my own chess puzzle so I can solve or study it later on?

I want to improve my tactics skills; is there any Android app or software that allows me to create my own chess puzzle so I can solve or study it later on?
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Which pairing programs have been authorized by FIDE for use in FIDE rated tournaments?

There are lots of questions about pairing programs here, some of them mention being authorized by FIDE, but how can I check and know which programs are currently authorized?
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Website or program that creates puzzles from blunders in your past games

I'm looking for a website or program that would look at your past games on Lichess or chess.com and find moves that you played that were blunders and create puzzles around those
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List possible moves for player - Haskell implementation

I'm trying to implement a function in Haskell that returns a list containing all possible moves for the player who's up. The function's only argument is a String composed of an actual state of the ...
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How to measure Leela Chess Zero improvement

I searched Leela website for some statistics about its self-training, the number of games it played with itself in order to assess its progress or to be able to predict whether it is going to win the ...
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Looking for a PGN reader and writer for Windows 10

I'm looking for a PGN reader and writer for Windows 10. I want to be able to modify and write if I want to enter new lines, all while keeping the format in PGN. I've downloaded ChessX, and it would ...
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Is there software which generates novel chess opening traps?

Opening traps can sometimes lead to quick wins, but fail against opponents who are prepared or have time to calculate. Thus... Question: Is there software which generates novel chess opening traps? I ...
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Position Similarity Metrics

I'm looking for metrics that quantify how similar/different two positions are. I have found a paper that used pawn structures to search for similar games in a database. This one tries to use reachable ...
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How do endgame tablebases calculate checkmates to do retrograde analysis on?

I understand that once endgame tablebases get checkmates, they do retrograde analysis and are able to calculate forced wins. However, how do they calculate the checkmate in the first place? Do they ...
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HalfKP Structure for Stockfish / Shogi NNUE - how does it work?

Stockfish now uses a neural network for position evaluation. The structure of this neural network was introduced for Shogi by Yu Nasu in the paper dubbed "Efficiently updatable neural network - ...
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A tool to search for certain moves played

Is there a tool to display how many times a certain move has been played? Note that I do not mean openings, I mean specific moves. Moves that I am looking for would be castling with checkmate or ...
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How do I find bitboard attack maps non-manually?

I am writing a C++ chess engine based on the magic bitboard, where ordering for bitboards is from LSB to MSB in Little-Endian Rank-File mapping. I'd like to have a 6x64 dimension 2D array for all ...
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Chess training to get to 2000 rating [closed]

I have been playing chess (sometimes a lot, sometimes none) for a very long time. I want to become an international master in 4 years, or have a rating of 2000. I am 15 right now and have a rating of ...
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Sites to understand errors

There are several sites where one can analyse his/her game. I often use lichess at the end of a game to see where I made mistakes. What I miss, though, is some kind of explanation of why a certain ...
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What are some of the best free puzzle rush apps?

I'm looking for a puzzle rush app that's free and does not require a subscription. I tried using the Chess.com app, but there's a limit on the number of times you can play in a day.
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How can I do batch analysis of games?

I want to run a batch analysis of games and produce output like Lichess computer analysis. I want to do this offline on my desktop PC. Since Stockfish is free, there must exist some solution. Does ...
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Chess tactics software which can read files

Lichess publishes tactics problems which can be downloaded from database.lichess.org. The file is in csv format. Which software can be used to read and play positions from this csv file?
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Iterative deepening: what should I do with previous results?

I implemented a negamax with alpha beta and aspiration windows. Now, it also has iterative deepening. When I let the engine run for 15 seconds in the below position, it finds a move at depth 2 with ...
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What are some free chess software for showing the best moves in the final output analysis?

I appreciate any free chess software that can be used for analyzing chess games. However, some of them are difficult to use, showing a large number of lines with many moves which are not displayed in ...
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Is there a software where we can query historical games to find patterns without inputting the exact chess position?

Suppose one wants to find: A list of games where White/Black gave each other check more than 10 times. A list of games where there were Black and White gave each other check in consecutive steps A ...
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Can pieces follow different paths from one square to another in a single move?

I am implementing a chess game. I am aware of the rules but I have not played it much. I need clarification on a small point. Suppose a player legally moves a piece from square A to square B. Consider ...
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What are some of the chess databases in the public domain that can be used for commercial purpose?

What chess databases allow commercial use without having to reveal source code as part of their license? I see a few chess databases online, even the huge databases on lichess. I wonder which of these ...
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An online dictionary of fairy chess pieces indexed by move

While trying to accurately describe the intended movement of the "doubled knight" in this chess puzzle, I realized that what I really wanted right at that instant was a "dictionary"...
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Why does AlphaZero implement time steps in its input layers?

I'm trying to build my own chess engine using neural nets, and have been researching papers from Deepmind about their algorithm implemented in AlphaZero. Since chess is a game with perfect information ...
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Downloading Games From Lichess

I'd like to be able to automate downloading specific games that have been played on Lichess. Is there any software available that, if given useful information such as the Lichess usernames, colours, ...
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Batch Solve Tactical Positions

What is the best software to take a pgn file of positions and solve them in a one-step operation? I am not referring to chess compositions or "mate in n" problems but tactical positions. Is ...
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running stockfish with docker and docker-compose

I have access to a powerful computer at work so naturally I want to run a chess engine on it (stockfish for now and later leela). I am trying to use docker-compose to link a stockfish image and a ...
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Analyze game and explain why bad moves break theory [closed]

Is there an automated way to analyze a game and explain in human language why a particular opening move breaks theory?
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Xboard and a remote engine

I want to analyse chess games with xboard and stockfish. Locally this is no problem. But my PC is slow, so I have rented a faster linux server, and I want let stockfish run on it. How can I use xboard ...
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Are there any resources where one can view the popularity of a move by year?

I am currently under the impression that White players are allowing the Nimzo-Indian more and more, whereas before they were dodging it via 3. Nf3. I wanted to check if that is true, but usually ...
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How to turn off Contempt in engine analysis?

I'm trying to analyze a game with the python-chess package, and for that I want to turn off the "Analysis Contempt" option in Stockfish. However, it seems it doesn't work, and I don't know ...
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Does anyone knows how to use the "replay training" feature of chessbase for tactics training? [closed]

I have a database full of tactical positions,can the chessbase app do something like chesstempo where it will keep throwing the problems after solving one(from my database)?
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Software for reading aloud the moves of a chess games in Arena or SCID vs PC

I have just downloaded the Arena and SCID vs PC GUI clients. Both seem wonderful and work seamlessly with most of the chess engines like Rybka and Stockfish. I can't wait to get started by analysing ...
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Issue with ChessBase results when filtering by "Good Games"

I'm trying to determine if I'm doing something wrong or if there might be a bug in the program. One thing I was experimenting with was the search mask called "Good Games". The documentation ...
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How big is the advantage for white in the "back-rank-game"?

Consider a chess variant in which normal chess rules apply, with one exception. The player that is able to bring a piece or a pawn onto the opponent’s back rank, which would be the 8th rank for White ...
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Free offline demonstration software with arrows, sidelines and engine

I'm looking for a software where I can demonstrate games in a lecture. The software shall have these features: usable without internet connection on a Windows 10 PC free input and save a game as pgn ...
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Tournament Management and Conducting Web App [duplicate]

Does anyone know about a web based app to conduct and manage chess tournament all online? I have a web server to host but we need to conduct it for our locality with around 300 people participating to ...

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