So, for future reference, the option is under: Edit -> Setup Start Board..., or by pressing S.
Update: There is another way! Click on the 'menu' icon below the board (three horizontal bars), then on the what I see as a 'crop' icon (on the far right), and then following menu pops up:
Shane's Chess Information Database (SCID) is a powerful Chess Toolkit, with which one can create huge databases, run chess engines, and play casual games against the computer or online with the Free Internet Chess Server. It was originally written by Shane Hudson , and has received strong contribution from Pascal Georges and others.
Scid vs. PC began ...
The statistics show what happened in games that reached the current position.
So in your first diagram, there are 28 games that reached that position. White scored 30.3% on average in those games. In 11 of them, Nc3 was played here, and White scored 27.2% in those 11 games.
The position after Nc3 was reached 72 times. That obviously includes the 11 games ...
Thanks for your compliment about pgn-extract (I am its author). You might be able to make the task a little easier by adding --linelength 1000 to the argument list in order to get each game on a single line, then use sed to add an unknown result to the end of the game and re-process the game with pgn-extract to add an empty 7-tag roster. Finally, use sed ...
Giordano Vicoli's Chess_Studio (not to be confused with a similarly named e-reader app from Gambit Publications) seems to have many of the features you are looking for. I've only tried Chess Studio Light, but it is able to import a much wider range of PGN files than any of the PGN viewer apps. Within a PGN archive, you can view lists of games sorted by ...
I think the answer is that, although the engine has indeed calculated to depth 25, it has certainly not been able to store anywhere near the amount of the tree it examined during that search, no matter the memory allocated to the transposition table (hashtable). A lot of that tree (even of the pruned tree) is discarded as the depth-25 calculation continues, ...
I use Scid 4.2.2, which is quite old, but maybe what works there also works in Scid vs PC.
You can open the Comment Editor window, and besides editing the comment and adding things to squares, you can also click and drag over the board to create arrows.
Make sure to store the comment before you enter the next move, or it will be lost!
The closest thing I can think of to what you want, though it is still PGN file based, is ChessPad. http://www.wmlsoftware.com/chesspad.html. It's a very basic pgn file editor/viewer which maybe your friend could use standalone, or he could use it to create diagrams which he then pastes into MS Word.
In Scid vs PC got to Edit > Setup Board. Here you can setup the board with a particular position, set side to move and castling flags. Easier is if you have a FEN of the position, you could just paste this and use it directly. Click OK once you are done to get the position on the main board.
Now navigate to Play > Computer-UciEngine > Choose your stockfish ...
When you add comments, they exist on the current game only. If you want to comment on the position (independent of any individual game), you can do that by adding a mask.
The tree window shows you statistics on the current position (moves played, etc). Masks allow you to add additional information on top of that. Here is a resource to help get you started:
In the line:
name:stockfish command: stockfish directory: /home/user/Desktop/stockfish-7-linux/Linux/src/.stockfish UCI on
Are you sure your exe file is called ".stockfish" and not only just "stockfish". Seems odd that you have a hidden exe file (even that it is possible)
I'll give instructions for Scid 4.6.4. With this setup, I haven't seen any issues where it moves both sides:
Create a database of openings you want to study. Scid will select randomly from all variations of all games, so make sure you want to train on everything in that database. Open the database switcher and make sure your desired openings database is ...
You probably downloaded the Windows version.
The Mac version can be downloaded here: http://scidvspc.sourceforge.net/#toc3
The name (ScidvsMac-4.16-ElCap.dmg) probably means that you need El Capitan (the latest Mac OS X version) to run it.
I don't think SCID supports Mac OSX officially. The files you have are raw sources, which you'll need to compile with TCL. Why not try a newer (and better) SCID alternative?
Download SCID vs PC
This is a special mark meaning diagram. When you export the game into a PDF/LaTeX file positions after moves marked with D are rendered in the document.
The only documentation I've found is https://sourceforge.net/p/scid/wiki/HowToExportGames/. Scid vs PC documentation maybe is clearer http://scidvspc.sourceforge.net/doc/Export.htm. But documentation is ...
Double-click on the Stockfish executable, type "uci" (without the quotes) and hit Enter. You should get some output, near the top of which should be a line beginning with "id name", and this line gives the name of the engine, including the version number. (You may need to scroll up to see the "id name" line, if there's a lot of output.)
The same method ...
Scid vs PC requires [Black "AN Other1"] [White "AN Other2"] [Result ""].
Since this was cloned from SCID I'm pretty sure SCID will be the same. I suggest you write a simple program to add these 3 header fields with the [Result] field matching the result at the end of the game.
After greping the source code, I found them in /usr/share/scid/tcl/keyboard.tcl
in GNU/Linux (if someone knows the path for other OS please share it).
Also, a comment in that file says
> By editing this file you can customize the keyboard shortcuts,
in order to best suit your preferences.
It is not necessary to recompile scid after changing this file.
I'd want to add details to @A_passerby's answer. SmallChess does support multi-variations. It also supports game annotation. It's a very advanced software. See the screenshots below.
PS: I'm the author of the app.
Chess Position Trainer recognizes transpositions in exactly the way that you're after, as it stores its opening books in a way that's designed to address this issue. Whenever two variations (like your 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 and 1.Nc3 e5 2.e4 Nf6) that converge to the same position, it is automatically recognized that they do, so you'll never end up with two "...
In Scid vs PC, after you turn on an engine, a window with analysis opens. In that window you can see icons like Stop Engine, Add Move, Add Variation etc. (see picture below).
Among them, there is a small box with a number (marked by a red circle in the picture below), namely the number of lines suggested by the engine. Adjust that according to your ...
The Stockfish opening book works with scid, follow the directions there to use it with the engine. To use it in scid itself copy the book.bin file to the same location you have all your other scid opening books. I hope you have scidvspc and not the original...
Make sure you are pointing to the binary distribution of Stockfish and not the source. The binary distribution should be a variation of stockfish_10_x64.
Make sure this binary has execute permissions:
chmod u+x stockfish_10_x64
If you are using Android, Analyze This (Free) is the way to go, just use the 'Auto Analysis' feature.
If you are using windows, Arena Chess is the way to go (you need to install Stockfish, and load the games in a single PGN, and turn on Auto Analysis ...)
Hope this helped, ~CSS