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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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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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Multiple Chess Engine [closed]

Description of Project "Multiple Chess Engine" .1 - The idea is create a UCI chess interface (.exe) that can be installed on some GUI such as, Arena and other... .2 - This UCI chess ...
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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 out moves of a chess games aloud

I 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 the ...
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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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What are the most common checks in chess?

I read somewhere that to optimize move generation for a chess engine it's good to have fast detection of position where one side is checked (to eliminate illegal moves). The author suggested that ...
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Mac - Chess App

I was trying to play chess on the included chess app on mac, and after the computer's turn, it will not allow me to make any move at all, and I am 100% sure I am not in check as the game just started, ...
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Can I host lichess server to my local machine to use the study offline?

Lichess is a free, Ad-free and Open-Source chess server. To me, it has the best STUDY option over the internet. I am thinking whether it's possible or not to host a localhost setup using the source ...
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How to watch PGN at different speeds?

I am looking for a program for Windows or an online service for viewing PGN at variable speed. I know that lichess has fast and slow speed, but I want more adjustable settings.
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Extract anonymized games out of a pgn

I'm a big fan of pgn-extract, but I am open to other linux-friendly tools. I have a big pgn file (over 5 million games) and a set of ECO codes. My goal is to fetch all the games matching those ECO ...
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How do you document your opening repertoire on a mac?

I have an opening repertoire which I play consistently. My problem, however, is that occasionally I will find holes in my repertoire: main line variations for which I have zero prep. I'd like to make ...
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Calculating the precise number of combinations of possible moves from a given position

I was surprised Bobby Fischer couldn't find a mate in 3 within 30 minutes in this problem by Pal Benko. This made me wonder-how many actual moves are possible with so few pieces left in only 3 moves? [...
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How are online chess engines' architecture designed?

I recently build a chess engine using javascript (https://github.com/Ram-the-coder/ai-chess-engine-v2). It runs on the browser - because of this when the chess engine is computing the best move, the ...
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How can I set up xboard with an engine in Linux? [closed]

I'm trying to use xboard in Fedora and have only been able to get it to work under very specific circumstances. I installed it through my package manager and installed Stockfish as well. Without ...
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Chess Engine: Faster Move Generation

Introduction I'm in the process of rewriting my chess engine for better performance. I've started with the move generation function first. I've been looking at this person's article (Their Article) ...
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Chess Annotation Software

I frequently use chess.com to self-analyze and annotate my games. Although it has a useful feature to save my annotated game as a url (which I then save as a bookmark), I'd rather switch to local ...
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Creating a Opening Lines Book in ' tree-like' format

I came across this Opening tree graph question where a very elegant Opening tree as displayed. Is there a way I could make a personal opening book in this format? If yes, then which software should ...
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How can I convert screenshot capture into FEN to analyse on Windows 10+?

I want to analyze position presented on meeting, web page or video but problem is that I do no have FEN to start such analysis. I want to capture screenshot that convert it into FEN. How can I do it ...
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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 failing to understand how to start the program on Windows. There is an English guide, and this is all of what is tells you to do: ...
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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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