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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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What is the number of legal positions in a chess game?

There have been several questions regarding possible number of chess games. for example - Database of every possible move in chess However Can there be an estimate on the number of "allowable" chess ...
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Are there mobile chess tutoring/training apps for Android or iPhone?

I'm looking for a Chess tutoring/teaching app that I can dip in and out of on my phone. At the moment I use Shredder Chess to practice when on the move (which basically involves repeating the puzzles ...
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Is there any free software to automatically analyze and annotate games?

I'm looking for free software that automatically analyzes and annotates chess games (post-mortem), preferably marking blunders, suggesting good alternatives, pointing out missed tactics (forks, pins, ...
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Computer evaluations: How trustworthy are they?

Fritz 12 with Rybka gave a friend of mine an evaluation of +3 for white in this endgame position, which turned out to be a draw. But I've heard that +3 from a computer means a guaranteed win with ...
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What would be the elo of a computer program that plays at random?

What would be the Elo of a computer program that plays random moves? For the sake of simplicity, assume that he never asks for a draw or resigns and never accepts a draw offer.
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Chess program for Linux/Unix console

For reasons I'd rather not get into, what chess programs work well on the console (ie. does not require X Windows)? Something with an ASCII visualization of the board would be incredibly helpful (I'm ...
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Software for opening repertoire practice

I am developing an opening repertoire for white based on d4 and c4. I think this is going all right, but what I am looking for is a chess program that can exercise my repertoire knowledge. ...
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How to download Stockfish and install it on the Fritz/ChessBase GUI?

I'm on Windows 8. I have the Fritz/ChessBase GUI since I bought both Fritz 12 and Houdini 3 Pro. I would like to know how exactly can I download and install the free latest version (and most powerful ...
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Which interface protocol should I implement for my chess engine?

I am writing a chess engine in C++ https://github.com/RomainGoussault/Deepov. I know there are several interface protocols out there (UCI, Winboard protocol, etc) and I don't know which to implement. ...
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How to search a chess database for exchange sacrifices?

I am looking for a way within any of the common chess packages to search for a specific maneuver - rook takes bishop that is protected (i.e. an exchange sacrifice)? I've heard of CQL, but never used, ...
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Chess programs that mimic some amateurs

Is there such a thing as a chess program that at random times can vary it's strength of play between say a beginner and an expert? Or maybe a program that a certain random times makes subtle or ...
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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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Is there a freely available online 7 piece Endgame tablebase?

The only 7 piece site I heard about is http://tb7.chessok.com/ , and upon registration I am able to setup various positions with 2-6 pieces . However as soon as I setup a position with 7 piece, I get ...
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High-quality (not bitmap) diagram software

I'm looking for software than can take FEN and generate a high-quality diagram, in PDF, Postscript, Windows metafile, or something else that will look good at 1200x1200 dpi or better. I thought the ...
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Is there a computer program that generates quality chess problems?

Is there a chess engine that automatically generates quality chess problems. For example I will input 3 - it produces a mate in 3 problem. But the problem shouldn't be so obvious that one can solve in ...
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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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Are there positions which cannot be properly analyzed by any computer?

Are there positions in chess which every engines is unable to analyze properly ? Maybe calm positions with a positional advantage the engines do not recognize ? Or positions won in the long term ...
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What software is good for deliberate practice in specific areas?

Is there software that tracks unassisted game play and categorizes player's strengthens and weaknesses in a way that allows the player to focus on the most valuable deliberate area practice relative ...
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Is there a software that analyses games through voice, telling you about moves and what you should have done, like Power Chess 98?

Almost 20 years ago there was a game called Power Chess 98 from Sierra. After every game you played, this sensual voice would analyze move by move telling you what you should have done, etc. It was ...
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Since each engine has its own style of play… which engines are more positional/strategic and which engines are more sharp/tactical?

I’ve heard that each engine has its own style of play. Some are more positional and strategic, while others are more sharp and tactical. And so my question is: could you roughly sort the following ...
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Chess engine with an ELO of less than 1800

I am looking for an UCI compatible engine with an ELO of less than 1800. Not a version of Houdini or Stockfish with an ELO of 1800. I want a engine with a real ELO rating of 1800 or less. If you can ...
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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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What software can I use to self-assess my own Elo rating?

What software (preferably free) can I use to do a self assessment to determine my own Elo rating?
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What is Syzygy tablebases?

I just want to know in simple language exactly, What the Syzygy tablebases are, Why they are used, What are their advantages, disadvantages?
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How can I generate legal random chess setups?

Is there a free online website that attempts to generate "legal" random chess setups X amount of moves into the game?
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Simple programs for recording chess games — Like ECTool — for Ubuntu and Windows

I should be able to google this, but I don't know what the name for this item is: I'm looking for a simple program that can be used to record and play back a chess game. I'm not looking for a ...
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Moves to test a notation generator

I've made a small program that takes a list of moves in ICCF notation and translates them to the following: SAN FAN LAN MAN RAN CRAN Smith Descriptive Coordinate ICCF For example, a starting move of ...
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Chess software to evaluate move and give marks

Well, I am new here and I am not quite sure whether this question is appropriate here. In case it is inappropriate, please tell me the correct site for it.Well, my question is : I want a chess ...
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What are the options for solving puzzles online and tracking progress?

I am looking for an advanced set of puzzles and the ability to track progress, similar to chessok (which looks good, but is not free, and the selection of puzzles is limited compared to their offline ...
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Convert ChessBase format to PGN on Linux

I have some ChessBase-format database files, and I would like to convert them to PGN so thatlinux-compatible programs (like scid, chessdb, etc.) could read it. Since I am running on linux and not ...
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ChessDB databases import

I've just installed the ChessDB software hosted at SourceForge. While discovering the software I see that the databases that come with the software are empty and I would like to know how to import ...
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Good UCI to WinBoard adapter

I found one before on the internet but it keeps the CPU at 100%, hangs a lot, and doesn't exit when the program (ChessMaster in this case) closes.
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Looking for a good chess program with a couple of features

I'm looking for a good chess program with the following features. The game should Randomly select whether I take white/black Allow me to have a handicap against the computer Have different difficulty ...