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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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Entering and saving chess games

I used a chess pad to enter games. However, it lacks an undo feature and there is no way to correct an incorrectly entered position. What other program can do this?
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Is there a multiplayer Chess GUI that allows you to choose the starting position?

With a human vs. computer, simply set Stockfish to depth == 1 and play it. Or, you can choose another (weaker) engine. With a human vs. human online, is it possible to set the starting position? If ...
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Chess GUI showing variations with arrows except SCID?

Is there anything else except Scid / Scid vs PC that shows variations with arrows and also allows you to chose any variation simply by dragging the piece on the board?
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Where to find specific endgame practice exercises/puzzles/practice bots?

I'm looking for a set of exercises (contained in a book, website, or chess engine) where I can practice what I know in regards to rook and pawn vs. rook endgames. I could find a friend to randomly ...
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Chessbase vs Hiarcs for DB management

I am a Mac user and Chessbase is not available. Instead I purchased Hiarcs. I would like advise as to whether there's added value to Chessbase that should motivate me to install Chessbase on Parallels ...
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Board for lectures, with arrows, highlights, not checking rules

Is there good free software for creating video lessons, that allows you to make board as big as desired, highlight squares, show arrows and not checking rules, allowing to move pieces in any way, ...
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Learning chess over the board vs using software

I have some good quality chess books and of course use the chess board to follow all chess game examples and variations provided. However I noticed that it is quite a tiring activity as it takes time ...
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Chess pairing program for double round robin

We have regular friendly matches in our chess club. So far we have used an older version of swiss manager for swiss and round robin; but today when we had to pair using double round robin format, I ...
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How to add additional tags of png?

Is there any software that would allow me to add additional tags of pgn on existing pgn files? For example, the tags like WhiteTeam etc.
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Chess GUI Java Swings code needs fixing [closed]

My Taken Pieces Panel clusters ugly with the pieces. Here's my code : class TakenPiecesPanel extends JPanel { private final JPanel northPanel; private final JPanel southPanel; private final ...
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Is CQL executable available anwhere online?

This article and some questions on this forum - mention http://www.rbnn.com/cql/ as a source for getting cql.exe, but that domain seems unclaimed at the moment. Is this executable available anywhere ...
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Chess Position Trainer how to fix not working “Analyze Openings” [closed]

I installed Chess Position Trainer and found that it not work with Stockfish 8 which I use in SCID and not work with include Stockfish 8. What I do: I open my repertoire and mark some opening. I run ...
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Connecting Chess Engine with a Java program

I wanted to make a 1 player chess game. The idea is: The move made by the player would be displayed on the GUI. It is sent to the Chess Engine in its own specific understood form. Then the result of ...
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Are there any dicylic graphing programs for chess?

Although chess is frequently thought of as a tree structure, it is not because positions can be arrived at through different move orders and moves can be repeated. Are their graphing programs/...
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Do major chess publishers use custom software for typesetting chess books?

As I try to understand how one would publish a large chess book, it feels that chess gives some pretty custom requirements for an editor or publisher. I am pretty sure that chess authors use Chessbase ...
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“chess problem” software (free/paid) to download for PC?

I tried one a while back but it was quite elementary, it had a few thousand problems but did not give detailed answers, just one single move as correct and that's it! I do play Chesstempo sometimes ...
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how to determine objectively if a move is passive or aggressive?

I´m doing a research about how different conditions or situations affects the decision making process in chess. for example if the opponent ELO ranking affects the average time used for every movement....
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4 Simple Questions about Chess Fonts [closed]

If Merida Chess Font first appeared in 1998 but some other Font appeared earlier in printed Chess media, what was the most widely used Chess Font before Merida? This question makes it clear Merida ...
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Shortcomings of Chess.com [closed]

How much do you know Chess.com website? In my opinion, Chess.com is the best website that chess players use in their chess life. I'm a web developer and I'm going to create a social network for chess ...
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Chess software that can show all legal moves?

I'm a casual player, and I learned chess from my Dad when I was a kid, but I still have the problem that I miss really obvious moves I can make (or I don't see really obvious moves the other side can ...
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software for a survey of chess openings

Is there any a free software or free pgn files that presents a survey of all openings and their variations (the deeper the best) similar to those found in chess opening references like MCO or ECO ? I ...
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How can we convert PGN format to Resource Description Framework (RDF)?

Is there any parser available in which we take PGN data as input and then convert it to RDF format? Has someone worked on this thing?
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Pawn Structure database

I wonder if there is any existing or a way to create a chess database organised only according to pawn structures, where the notion of a pawn structures is crudely defined by GM Andrew Soltis in his ...
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Using a Linux UCI Engine with a GUI (eg. Fritz 15)

Is there any way a Linux UCI Engine (such as StockFish 8) be used with Fritz 15? Will this involve customizing the source code and rebuilding to implement things like hash size, tablebase locations, ...
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SyzygyPath in asmFish

Can someone point to me whereabouts in asmFish I can hardcode the SyzygyPath into the source code. I can do it in StockFish 8, however I've yet to find it in the source code of asmFish. I'll be using ...
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Compiling asmFish on MacOSX

I have been able to make a custom build of asmFish on Linux, however I have been unable to do so on a Mac OSX. I've seen a Mac version of the FASM compiler on the internet. However when I tried using ...
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free alternatives to SwissSys?

I was going to do a tournament recently, and then, I found out just how much $$ SwissSys Tournament software costs... My question is: What good alternatives to this expensive mainstream ...
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Looking for a Horrible-by-design chess engine

friends... I am looking for a really-bad-by-design chess engine, compatible with Arena chess GUI... Not just lowering engine power... I have tried lowering Stockfish's power, and it didn't suit my ...
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Strong chess program for GNU/Linux with a command line interface? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a strong chess program for GNU/Linux with a command line interface, or one that I can alter to make it suit my needs After a quick search, I found the question Chess program for Linux/...
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Developing a New Software Application in Chess [closed]

What software application do you think that does not exist? I'm a programmer and I would like to implement it to help the Chess world. Thanks in advance to those who give me good ideas.
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Calculate the first N unknown moves of a chess game

Greetings fellow chess friends, Here is a quick idea that came to my mind. I am interested in writing a software that is able to calculate and/or guess the first n unknown moves of a given chess ...
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Understanding magic bitboard

I have read a lot of stuff about magic bitboard but some stuff is not clear. A lot of authors say to create the move masks for the piece avoiding the border positions. So, for a bishop at D3 the move ...
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Building a chess using magic bitboard… how do I know if the movement is valid

OK I have read a lot of things on the web most of them using Java that doesn't have unsigned int. I am working on Objective-C that has unsigned int. Lets consider the following scenario. The board ...
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Play chess in Python programming language?

I am searching for a program/library in Python which will let two users or a user and an AI play chess with each other. PS: I have found python-chess. Can this be used for the above along with a ...
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Basic software for any chess enthusiast

What is the beginner's starter pack you would recommend for any chess enthusiast? I am not asking for any specific product just the general software category. For example I think everyone should ...
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An offline alternative to lichess.org's online analysis engine

Lichess.org has probably the best chess analysis interface. But, the problem it works only online. Whereas, Stockfish the engine behind the analysis is downloadable, the interface is not. I am ...
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Looking for SmallChess source code?

I'm currently looking for this chess engine: http://www.smallchess.com/ but the link to access it is dead. Can anyone help ?
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Do users of chess-db get informed when you play against their computer simulation of themselves?

If I were to play against the computer simulations of chess players that have an account on chess-db (titled or none titled I know), will they get informed that I trained or prepared against them by ...
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Is there any software that can be used for positional chess training?

I am looking for a software that would help me in improving my positional chess understanding. Is there any such software or website?
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Gull engine : Which depth value to set 6 difficulty levels?

We are installing the Gull engine for some chess enthusiasts in an organization. We would like to set 6 difficulty levels from beginner to master using depth. Is there someone who can advice us about ...
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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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Mac/iOS chess app with rates option

I am looking for a chess app that you can set an exact rate to play against the computer (same as you have in chess.com where you set it to play against others). Is there any Mac (specifically) and ...
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Chess diagram scanner

I am planning to create a chess puzzle book for beginners.Diagrams are need to be published in the book.Right now i have all the PDF materials.but i need a software to create diagrams for a ...
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Tool for solving puzzles with multiple defense lines, alternative solutions and playing wrong lines until user resigns

Looking for a tool for designing chess puzzles with an interface to test the user against all reasonable defenses (not just the single main line), to allow alternative solutions (without the usual ...
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Continuous-motion animated chess diagrams

Looking for a tool to create animated diagrams from a PGN file. The usual way that animated diagrams are created is through the animated GIF file which shows separate positions with a fixed time delay ...
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Software for online lessons

I'm interested in teaching online chess lessons to my students. But I haven't found any software plaftorm for this purpose. Are there any one? I don't mind if it's commercial or open-source.
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What is this battleship-style chess variant called?

So I've recently built and published a chess app, targeted at club chess player (like myself). The goal of the app is to educate and make chess more accessible. I'm working on an update. One of the ...
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Query for games where the difference of player ratings was big

I want to run a query on a chess games collection which would give me games played by strong players vs weak players, let's say games from the first round of Open tournaments (Swiss system) where ...
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Best programable chess game on the market

I would like to program famous chess matches into a chess program so I can watch the matches. Is there a chess program that allows this or is there already a program that has famous chess matches we ...
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What is a good opening software program?

I am trying to find a good program to help me perfect my opening play. It needs to be something simple because I am no computer expert. I don't understand the opening trees and all that high tech ...