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PyChess has about 20 fonts and SVGs bundled in its source code:


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You might look for a chess set font. Here are several. Licensing information is included. It looks like they have been scanned from old books in some cases.


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Unicode has chess piece icons in it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_symbols_in_Unicode This means you could look for a font which includes the chess symbol unicode block and has a license which fits your purpose. Most fonts are in TrueType format which is already vector-based and can be converted to SVG with Apache SVG Font Converter. This would mean ...


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You hold yourself to a higher standard than your opponent, for politeness' sake. So you let him play an alternative move after you kindly point out that it was perhaps not the best available, but you are acquiring a habit of caution by adhering strictly to the laws of the game for your own moves. The point is to be moral, polite and extremely smug at the ...


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The only old documents I find available online from the Deutsche Schachzeitung periodical are from Volumes 20, 21, 44, 45, 56, 57, which are available at the Internet Archive. So if you really are after Pauls' exact article for historical reasons, you might have to track down a hard copy of Volume 29 at a library. On the other hand, if you are primarily ...


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I have not tried to do exactly chess set but I have some experience (really basic) with doing things from wood. I will tell what I learned from my experience, and may be someone more experienced can refine it. Crafting from wood is not really that hard (on amateur level). You need: material (basically wood and in the beginning almost any wood is acceptable,...


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This page contains a lot of information about DGT boards, including the patent, detailed description of technologies and algorithms used. Many additional references are provided, too. It is definitely an interesting read!


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I did know someone describing the same phenomenon, i.e. he had a very hard time playing on a 3D real board. He was mostly a bullet player, online, being used to premove, etc., which maybe augmented the discomfort OTB. Apart from “get used to it”, I don't know any ways to accelerate that. Make sure you really wanna get used to it, don't stay in the “I can't ...


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0x88 is just the name of the system. The actual length of the board array is 128. The name comes from the fact that a bitwise AND can be performed the index of a square (range is 0 to 127) and 0x88. If the result is non-zero, then the square is not on the board. This happens because 0x88 is 10001000 in binary and every square on the board will have the ...


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I had the same problem which (to some extent) I've managed to overcome. I didn't ever get enough chances to practice OTB games so I could never get used to it. My solution was to play online games with a real board in front of me. I made myself play out the moves on the board and used my computer only to get my opponents move and to enter mine. As long as ...


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Nothing is stopping you from playing chess in a 4x4, 6x6 or 9x9 board. In ancient times people have tried such approaches. To answer why 64 squares, I have to answer a bit mathematically. Let me start with this: [Chess, in] its early form in the 6th century was known as chaturaṅga, which translates as "four divisions (of the military)": infantry, cavalry,...


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Yes, of course it's possible. I've done it a lot professionally. However, there is no tool that just takes a PGN chess game and convert it into images. You will need to do some programming, not very hard. Here is a link on how one can generate machine learning data set on chess. You should be able to reuse the code. I highlighted the part that will relate ...


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For people stumbling on this question: volume 29 is available online though Google Books since februari 2015.


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Capablanca advocated for a 10x10 chess board. He was concerned that chess was getting played out, that there were far too many draws, so his response to that problem was to create two new pieces and play the game on a 10x10 board with ten pawns and ten pieces. Eight, being a power of two, makes for an easily drawn board: 1) Start with a big square. 2) ...


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Yes, there are boards that record moves made automatically. This link should give you ample information about so called DGT-boards. Because DGT-boards are pretty expensive, maybe you want to take a look at this discussion, in which the Novag Citrine board computer is proposed as a slightly cheaper alternative. If the Novag is still too expensive, I would ...


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You don't need to be a professional to participate in a tournament, you just have to sign up for the tournament (as long as it's not by invitation only or has minimum rating requirements). You may need to register with your national chess federation first. As for becoming a professional, I'm not one but I guess the old "practice, practice, practice!" rule ...


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The most annoying thing when you switch from online playing to OTB games is that you don't have a full vision of the board. Getting used to play 2D, you probably have developed your calculating skills with an "above vision". With this kind of vision a player can focus on lines and spots, and pieces do not interfere since they are "flat". But when you play ...


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I prefer to play OTB, even though I have played roughly 30,000 games online. I think it is easier to see the pieces, the board, where things will go. If you have issues playing OTB, then perhaps you should try to go through some "mate in x" puzzles with a real board. Other than playing with a real board though, there is nothing that is going to help. It ...


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I assume you are referring to DGT-style electronic boards. I think, the main purpose of those boards is to broadcast chessgames - e. g. on a beamer in the playing venue or on the internet. It is also useful (if it doesn't fail) for blitz games or, more generally, in any game situation where none of the players write down their moves any more if you need to ...


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To become a professional player who makes a living from tournaments, you really need a GM+ level. Even as a GM, you might find yourself struggling for your bills. Raise your FIDE to 2500, come back then we talk.


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Same here, I had trouble playing with actual wooden chess before, especially with real chess clocks. The solution is to engage yourself in chess by playing in actual chess games. Join to local chess clubs or play with your friends with actual chess boards. Soon playing with an actual chessboard and online games will have no difference. It took me 3 months ...


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The value of a set can be pretty arbitrary. Things that affect the cost of a set include: the materials from which it's made the amount of skilled hand-work the quality of the components its rarity size accessories The travel set you posted is unremarkable with respect to the attributes above: - it's plastic - none - historically low - not at all - ...


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They are still selling boards with coordinates and still using them in official competitions. With experience you will see that you will no longer need numbers and letters to help you throughout the game (just think battleship).


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After some research, as extensive as possible solely online, and aided by thefind.com, I settled on these sets (click to go to the online store): Both are magnetic, and are alleged to have strong magnets. The first is a mere 7.5" board, but it doesn't fold (which I like), and it has a drawer (meaning that I can set up and tear down without pouring pieces ...


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I know you'd prefer a non-folding board, but since you say that's not a deal-breaker, I'll point you to the ChessMate TravelMate Deluxe set. It has nice wooden pieces and quite strong magnets. If you watch the video available at that link, at about 40 seconds in the board is turned upside down and shaken pretty vigorously, and the pieces all stay in place; ...


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There's also the lichess board editor. It supports all the features you want, and will also let you get a computer analysis or play the position against the engine.


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64 is a whole square, so that it is as wide as it is long. It happens that it is also THE MOST suitable option for a chess game, because: It is big enough to allow multiple maneuvers and strategical possibilities. It is small enough to let general guidelines be formed. The back-rank pieces (2 rooks, 2 knights, 2 bishops, 1 queen, 1 king) also necessitates ...


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Is there any online service which allow to share a board in real time (I suppose to show it in a frame)? Have you tried sharing your desktop in a Skype conference call? Another alternative might be Google+.


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