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Compiling asmFish on macOS

I have been able to make a custom build of asmFish on Linux, however I have been unable to do so on macOS. I've seen a Mac version of the FASM compiler on the internet. However when I tried using it ...
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I need help Identifying this chess set

I need help identifying this chess set, I got it from my father and he says it is from Poland and on the broken board it says it is made of crystal bohemia.
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Does the Chronos GX have a count up setting?

I've had the Chronos GX for a while now. However, I don't use it much anymore because I need a count up setting. In other words, I'd like it to start at 0 and have it count up as time is spent. The ...
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Polyglot bin file for the closed Ruy Lopez opening

Does anyone know where I can get a polyglot bin file for the closed Ruy Lopez opening, such that I could use it with the Stockfish chess engine to learn/practice the related tabiyas?
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Are there statistics on the results of armageddon games at the GM level?

I've tried finding statistics on the results of competitive armageddon games played at a high level (say, GM level), but to no avail. Evidently, these statistics must exist, as for example FIDE ...
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Historical origin of the queen as a chess piece

As far as I know, chess was introduced at Europe from Arabia by a Spanish king: Alfonso X. I recently read an article in Spanish press saying the queen was also introduced as a piece in Spain. The ...
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Is there an online chess evaluation engine with a REST API?

Is there an online chess evaluation engine with a REST API? I'd like to be able to send a game or position (with castling ability presumably) to a simple REST API and get back the positional ...
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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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Chess database software for variants

For regular chess, I use SCID and it works well. Database searches, position searches, player stats, and a nice compact file format (i.e. not PGN, which is inefficient and big.) Is there any similar ...
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How to use masks in scid for opening training

I've been trying to understand how the "mask" feature works in scid and how to use it for training opening lines. So far I did the following: open a database of master games in scid open the tree ...
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Multi-Period Time Controls Online

All online services for playing chess that I am aware of allow the user to specify a time control with a single base time and an increment. I would like to find one that supports a multi-period ...
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Collecting principal variations during search and using them in ordering?

In an Alpha Beta search (Negamax framework), how does one collect principal variations to use in move ordering and how does one use them, without using a transposition table? And would it be different ...
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Deep Fritz 14 Show Plans

Does anyone who uses Deep Fritz 14 know how to activate "Visualize Search" aka "Show Plans"? I went to File, Options, and Engine. "Show Plans" is one of the options, but it won't let me activate it. ...
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Collusion in a simultaneous blindfold exhibition

When a blindfold expert plays several players simultaneously, there is a tacit assumption that the players will not collude. But suppose that the players are allowed to collude, and their goal is to ...
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How to slow down replay in Arena

I am using arena to play through pgn games. Unfortunately the replay feature is far to fast for me. I have tried to slow it down by changing the settings in levels but this does not work. Thank you ...
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From a full board to a pawn endgame in the shortest possible number of half-moves

Is any game known where all the pieces (except the pawns) are still on the board and where a piece (not a pawn!) is captured at each half-move leading to a pawn endgame ? In other words, is there a ...
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Does Fritz “Blunder Check” mode respect “Side to Analyze” option?

I use Fritz 13, and in Blundercheck mode on a batch of games won by White, only want it to point out alternatives for the winner, that is white (I don't expect to have very many suggestions for ...
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Draw rates in classical chess between elite players?

I'm looking for detailed statistics exhibiting draw rate for elite players. I did find this and this publications, however, they only contain aggregated data for 2600+ players, and arrive at a figure ...
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An objective measure of the difference in strength between top programs and top human players in the four most popular forms of chess?

Is there an objective measure of the superiority (or otherwise) that the strongest computer programs enjoy over the strongest human players which can be compared across the four main forms of chess, ...
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Is this a sound elephant offer?

In the following dobutsu shogi position, is Gc3xc2 a bad move? ABC +---+ 1| | g 2|lce| 3|E G| 4| L | *C +---+
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Marshall vs. Queen Endgame

In a game of "Sort of Almost Chess", the variant from Mr. Betza that replaces one of the queens with a Marshall (the Rook+Knight compound, also known as the Chancellor, or the Empress in Fairy Chess ...
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Elo rating software with automatic random matchups

This question is not about chess per se, but I am looking for a software that could generate random matchups through a list of 200ish options/people, then I could choose the winner and it would rank ...
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Stopping Fritz from throwing away my position

I have Fritz 14 SE on Windows. If I set it to analyse a game or position, when I come back it has thrown away my game/position and is analysing some other position, which I think it has got from the ...
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Chessersizes Errata

A quick search didn't turn up anything, but I have been wondering if anyone has ever published an errata sheet or some other update to Pandolfini's Chessersizes books, listing the corrections. In ...
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Windows application to view online broadcast games

Are there some windows applications that can view online games? Ideally they should allow custom moves and analysis. Something similar to Chess24 or FollowChess app on android? Only no web browser ...
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Android apps to create chess videos

Are there any free Android apps to create chess videos? They must allow us to draw arrows on the board, highlighting squares or pieces as we discuss the game.
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How to play against an engine using Babaschess

I want to play against the computer using some engine with the Babaschess program (most used interface program in FICS). I want different levels of strength if possible. In this link they talk about ...
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How to reduce number of variants in annotate in Scid vs PC

I want to speed up analysis of games and disable calulation 4 variants - how can I do in Scid vs PC with Stockfish 7?
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Adventures in the ODCL Pt. 2 - How about this endgame?

Another week, another match, and this time as Board 2 for the second team instead of bottom board for the firsts. Background: In the review my rating has gone up slightly to 142 ECF (~1765 Elo). My ...
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Blundercheck with tablebases does not work?

I tried to check games for blunder with access to the tablebase under chessbase (Engine was Houdini and in the second try Fritz8), but this did not work. In many cases mating values were shown ...
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Comfortable DTC - endgame database

The only online endgame database supporting DTC I know is http://chess.jaet.org/cgi-bin/mzugs But the positions can only be entered by FEN, it is not possible to drag pieces. Does anyone know a ...
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Checking most played move in a position in Fritz

I have a series of about 50 games in a certain position in fritz opening database 2013. I want to check the most played move, but rather than checking which move was most played by checking them ...
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How do you save the “Level” in Arena Chess?

Is it possible to save the "Level" in Arena Chess PGN files? Whenever I save a game as a .PGN file, and the level is set as "Time Per Move", Arena opens the game and sets the level to "Blitz" ...
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How to search for exact position (FEN) in CQL 5?

I am using CQL 5 port in SCIDvsPC 4.19, my basic working query in CQL search window currently looks like this: cql () initial {player white "Anand" result 1-0} How would one include FEN string ...
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How to set up Armageddon game between 2 engines in Arena or Scid?

I want to create a tournament in either Arena or Scid between engines. The tournament shall be of Armageddon games only. If it is not possible is there any other chess GUI for Linux that allows to do ...
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How do I start Chessbase Mobile from a tabiya?

It's getting annoying having to repeat the same six moves when I want to analyze 6.Bg5 in the Sicilian Najdorf.
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Recording- and displaying time usage in Chessbase

When I enter my games into Chessbase, I would like to also enter the time usage. I noticed that there is a possibility of right-clicking on the notation and choosing "move time", but this feature ...
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Longest period with each piece “hanging”

What is the longest period in a real game (can also be rapid, blitz or blindfold, but the players should both have at least 2000 ELO) with a position with all pieces "hanging". To clarify this : All ...