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What's with ChessBase and WB engines?
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ChessBase products Fritz 5.32 and 6 and Junior 6 and 7 had support for Winboard engines, but not UCI. In February 2002, ChessBase announced that they were switching and would only support UCI and not ...

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Chessbase 13 for automatic game analysis
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The company ChessBase sells a series of engine GUIs (Fritz, Houdini, Komodo, Rybka) that blundercheck or do full game annotation. The ChessBase program lets you run an engine while you go through a ...

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Confused about ChessBase
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Deep Fritz 14, Houdini 4, Komodo 9 and Rybka 4 all use the same Graphic User Interface (GUI). It allows you to blundercheck, do full game analysis, calculate elo ratings for sets of games. It has a ...

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What does it mean when engine position scores change when following the "best" move
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Stockfish 9 and 10 had contempt set to 20 or so by default, so that the engine would avoid draws when playing against weaker opponents (i.e. most other engines and all humans). If you change the ...

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Difference between tactic and combination?
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Books on tactics generally cover a number of standard devices that are in the toolkit of every strong player - checkmate, discovered attack, discovered check, double attack, double check, forks, ...

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Did Bobby Fischer castle with a pawn promoted to a rook?
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I ran a search on the games in GM Robert Huebner's World Champion Fischer CD looking for a game where one side promoted a pawn to a rook. Chessbase reports 'no games found.' There were 47 games ...

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What is the best way to maintain an opening repertoire in electronic form?
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There are a couple of angles that haven't been mentioned. Chessbase's keys allows you to add comments to individual moves, and easily sort new games into the appropriate key by adding them to the ...

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Engine not necessarily playing strong but "attractive"
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If you increase Rybka 3 Dynamic's contempt setting, it sacrifices more and more material in attractive style. The Fritz GUI (sold with Rybka, Komodo, Houdini, Junior, Shredder et al) includes a King'...

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How to know how good an opening/defense scores?
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Question: "is there an online database that keeps track of all the games ever played and gives you the overall rating of an opening by calculating the average score, or do you take for granted what ...

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Are there any very lopsided scores in openings at lower levels?
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In order to answer your question, I put together a database archive of 30000+ games played in over-the-board tournaments where both players were rated less than 2000. Only one game had the Halloween, ...

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Is there a chess engine that does NOT use brute-force search?
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Claude Shannon proposed two types of algorithms for creating chess engines. A "type A" engine examines all possible moves to some finite depth, minimaxes the tree, and then plays the move with the ...

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Is there a good example of a paper chess book converted to an ebook?
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I'm unaware of any special epub books. The problem with epub is that you can't move the pieces on the boards. Most chess book publishers seem to be going with separate apps: Everyman's Chess Viewer ...

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Is there a site that provides (legal) online access to free chess books?
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The Internet Archive is probably the largest repository of free ebooks. Project Gutenberg has old classics by Staunton, Bird, Ed Lasker and Capablanca.

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Who are the seconds of famous players?
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Botvinnik advised Kasparov for quite a few years. Mikhail Tal advised Karpov during his matches with Korchnoi. Spassky got a whole slew of advice in 1972 from Botvinnik, Korchnoi et al, and this was ...

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Layering multiple chess games
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Chessbase can display piece probabilities for sets of games. http://help.chessbase.com/Reader/12/Eng/index.html?000144.htm

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Playing Styles of Fischer and Botvinnik
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Botvinnik believed in peer review. He would write up annotations for his games, and publish them hoping for feedback from other players. He also recommended to his students that they annotate their ...

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Since each engine has its own style of play… which engines are more positional/strategic and which engines are more sharp/tactical?
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Someone on Talkchess did a test getting the top engines to play against each other in an opening which required an understanding of pawn breaks, such as the King's Indian or Stonewall. Houdini, Komodo,...

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SCID (or any alternative) on iPad
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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 ...

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Is there ant database that will return the reversed position?
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Chessbase opening trees (ctg) detect white/black transpositions. My database has 59 games starting 1.e3, 9 games where black answered 1...e5, but then 28000+ games for 2.e4.

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How to use stockfish for ChessBase?
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Open a game window. On the File ribbon, look for a little UCI written in red just after where it says Remove Kibitzer. Click on that, then in the dialog that pops up click on the button with three ...

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Chessbase 13 How to install UCI Engine when menu item is missing?
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At the end of the line Remove Kibitzer, there is "UCI" written in red. Click on that.

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In an opening tree on ChessBase, how can we fix the statistics so that transpositions are not taken into account in the total number of games?
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You can also create an opening key for the games, and arrange it the way you like. If you highlight a node in the key, and press 'S', you can see the statistics.

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How do top players use computers to improve their play?
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When someone like Nakamura plays Advanced chess, he might try out different lines letting the engine play the other side, and then see whether he likes the resulting positions or not. There are some ...

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What does it mean when a position is "complicated"?
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I think strong human players find positions complicated where a lot of pieces are en prise, or one side's king is exposed, or there are a lot of possible captures. Chess engines don't provide ...

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Non chess specific game AI that learns any game and can play chess?
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Zillions of Games is a General Game Playing system that plays chess. It was perhaps designed with chess specifically in mind, but in order for the program to play a game, you must first load a zdf ...

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What would approximately be the ICCF rating of a GM with no external help and of a computer with no human judgment?
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I play on ICCF. My guess is that the engineless GM might be able to maintain a 2000 rating by beating other engineless players or players who are bad at engine use. I don't think the second player ...

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Looking for free online chess engines that have (roughly) known ratings
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Lucas Chess is a free program for Windows which includes 36 engines with ratings ranging from 600 to 3000. It also has a bunch of tactical puzzles and training features. https://www-lucaschess....

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Software for opening repertoire practice
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Chess Opening Trainer for iOS by Arnel Domingo looks a bit like what you are describing. In the video, he inputs new variations, and points to a train mode which keeps track of your hits, and retests ...

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Chess software to evaluate move and give marks
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If you leave an engine running, and step through a game, you can see what happens to the evaluation. The Fritz interface flashes a red signal light when one side has made a mistake. Most GUI's allow ...

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Is there any free software to automatically analyze and annotate games?
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Most chess programs allow you to run an engine while you go through the moves of a game, and see the engine's evaluations. This is sometimes called a Kibitzer, Infinite Analysis or just Analyze. The ...

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