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Arena: How to have the engine only analyze and let me play as both White and Black

In Arena 3.5, you can hit the "Edit" button next to "Analyze", and continue doing moves. In the edit mode, it does not try to do a move automatically. If you keep the "Analyze" button as pressed, then ...
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How do I set up an engine never to resign in Arena GUI?

Is there a way to set up Stockfish in a way it never gives up? Stockfish is an engine, not a GUI. Engines never give up they just calculate the best move in any given position. GUIs can be set to ...
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How do I set up an engine never to resign in Arena GUI?

I found the following article on the topic. Engines > Manage > UCI Tab > Untick Resign box. It is to be found here.
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How do you have Arena show the second and third best move in analysis?

Right click on the analysis output window to be able to enable Multi-PV mode:
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Looking for a Horrible-by-design chess engine

You have a whole list at http://www.computerchess.org.uk/ccrl/4040/ If you're looking for a weak engine, I'd suggest: Predateur 2.2 64-bit MicroMax CupCake BikJump I know those four engines work ...
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Why can't I castle on Arena chess?

For the record (adapted from my comment above): as with other such interfaces, if you move the King to its target square, the corresponding Rook will automagically land on the right square to complete ...
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Reading UCI Engine output in Arena Chess

http://www.chessforums.org/general-chess-discussion/9079-chess-engine-output.html It’s the “search depth.” It tells you how deep the search has gone. The value is in “ply” or half-moves. The ...
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(Arena) How do I turn off highlighting of occupied squares under attack?

Under the "help" tab there is a "show attacked pieces" option which removes the color coding.
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How do you have Arena show the second and third best move in analysis?

Stop the Engine Open Configure page Set MultiPV option equal to 3
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Playing stockfish level 3000 on Arena 3.5.1

You need only one of the four engine files. The four executables are compiles of the same source code for different CPUs. They differ in speed only; sorted in descending order these are: ...
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Arena Question - How Do I Set it So Arena Has a Time Limit But I Don't?

Version 3.5: I simply use from the menu: Levels/Adjust and from the dialog box select "Time per move". Whatever time you put in limits the computer's analysis time but of course you take as much time ...
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How to switch the engine off in Arena?

Version 3.5: Under the "List of Moves" Panel/TabControl there is a toolbar. The last component on the toolbar is the "Edit" button. The tooltip tells you when this button is down, the engines do not ...
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How to show captured pieces in Arena?

There is a checkbox for it:- Options | Appearance | View tab | Material difference You may need to make the opening classification panel taller and then use the splitter on its left to see the ...
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Assigning Engines in Arena

In Arena 3.5.1, go to Engines, load the engine that is playing on engine 1 first (by selecting the engine 1 Radio button at the bottom left of the dialogue box) then load the second engine on engine 2....
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Assigning Engines in Arena

Are you looking for setting up two engines playing against each other? In that case you can use the following in Arena 3.5: Engines > Tournament.
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Arena Chess playing with the engines

Right click on the window where moves are displayed -> show/display -> click on comments. Now the engine output should be disabled.
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How to change text color in Arena Chess?

It seems that in Arena some colors are controlled by the operating system. I went to Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Personalization, clicked on Window Color and in the Window Color and ...
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Where can I download and how do I set up a 5-man tablebase in Arena GUI?

http://www.cruxis.com/chess/manual/end_game_table_base_support.htm This is from the developers of Houdini's site.
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How do I set up an engine never to resign in Arena GUI?

Go to lichess.org/editor , arrange the board as you like, press "continue from here", choose Stockfish level 8, and select what color you want to play as. Also, once you finish the game, ...
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Select and deselect piece to move mode in Arena

Although there may be a solution for your problem, I suggest you get used to it instead, as it follows the official laws of chess and deters you from doing otherwise. 4.3 Except as providedin ...
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How to add arbitrary move to analyze by chess engine in Arena

No. By definition an output window is for output from the program. You can only use input methods to input data. To do this just make the move you want on the board and see the computer analysis for ...
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How to view Arena Chess analysis in a chess program?

This is a log file and can't be parsed. You can view the results in the GUI after the analysis has finished; then you can save the game as PGN (so that it can be parsed by Arena). You can do this by ...
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Software for reading aloud the moves of a chess games in Arena or SCID vs PC

Scid vs Pc offers Speak-out-moves. Assuming Version 4.21. (latest at the time of writing) Go to Options Sounds Under Move announcement, tick from the list what you want. For eg. Announce new moves ...
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Debugging my chess engine through the Arena GUI

Did you set she compiler / linker flags correctly? (/DEBUG in the linker, /Od and /Zi in the compiler - which flags did you set?) Is the pdb-file located in the same directory as the executable? You ...
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Convert ctg to abk

I answered this question earlier on this site. Is there some way to search? The best I could say with my research is that there is a program being written to do it but it is not out yet. And ...
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Can you manually type moves into Arena? (copy pasting notation)

PGN file format is a simple text format. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_Game_Notation So ideally you should be able to save your text as pgn and import in GUI. However it depends on GUI how ...
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Where can I download and how do I set up a 5-man tablebase in Arena GUI?

https://sites.google.com/site/gaviotachessengine/Home/endgame-tablebases-1 This tablebase was installed with arena 3.5.1 http://contentdb.emule-project.net/view.php?pid=1629 has Nalimov 5-man ...
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Difference in chess engine strength for ''high end 64-bit multicore PCs'' vs. ''low end multicore 64-bit PCs''

How many games did you play? Unless your tournament had enough games, your conclusion wasn't statistically significant. It's common misconception that Stockfish would play better chess than weaker ...
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Storing tournaments for use in Arena

You don't need Arena. Simply open a new notepad window. Then proceed by opening each individual PGN file in notepad, copy its contents and paste them in the new window you opened (i.e. put the ...
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Playing stockfish level 3000 on Arena 3.5.1

Are you beating it when it says 2000? As of December 2016 Stockfish 8's Elo computer rating was 3478 as seen CCRL. This was calculated by pitting Stockfish against other Chess engines under ...
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