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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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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 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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Javascript based Chess engine
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Stockfish has been ported to Javascript: https://github.com/exoticorn/stockfish-js

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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is an accurate way to evaluate chess positions?
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I think chess programmers tend not to rely on the knowledge of strong chess players when designing their evaluation functions, but instead try out different elements, and then test them in games ...

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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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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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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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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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How do chess engines "think"?
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Alpha-beta pruning simply means that if you find a line that turns out badly for you, you stop looking at that candidate move, and instead try others. It is a type of backward pruning meaning that ...

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Is there a free downloadable mini-chess program or 'chess engine'?
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Zillions of Games isn't free, but it plays Los Alamos chess. ChessV plays 50 chess variants. I believe Sjaak plays microchess. ChessV http://samiam.org/chessv/ Sjaak http://www.eglebbk.dds.nl/...

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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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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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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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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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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 chess software to play against that rates your skill through actual games?
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Lucas Chess is free, and gives you a choice of playing for a "Lucas Elo" starting at 0 or a "Tourney Elo" starting at 1600. The program tracks your progress based on your games. The full Shredder ...

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Chess engine with an ELO of less than 1800
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Adam Hair has a rating list for weaker engines: http://adamsccpages.blogspot.com/p/also-rans-rating-list.html Grizzly and Chenard are UCI, but a lot of the weaker engines tend to be CECP.

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Is there a software to measure a player's strength based on a game?
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Jack Welbourne created a program like this called Chess Game Report. http://rybkaforum.net/cgi-bin/rybkaforum/topic_show.pl?tid=16085

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What alternatives are there to Chess Position Trainer?
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Bookup/Chess Openings Wizard, Chess Opening Trainer (which had a PC version too) and Chess Position Trainer are some of the main options, but just for completeness sake: Chessbase lets you add '...

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Chess Software for analysis and notes
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Chessbase is top of the line, but there are a lot of alternatives: Hiarcs Chess Explorer, the Shredder GUIs, Aquarium, Chess Assistant and Chesspartner. Arena is free, but has a few of the menu items ...

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Chess engines for analysing games
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Chess engines all work in a similar way, but Graphical User Interfaces(GUIs) report this info in different ways. Chessbase produces GUIs based on Fritz which show a little engine window with a number,...

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Which is the smallest chess engine with ELO at least 2000?
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Garbochess-JS is written in javascript. It's about 75KB, 2400 or so lines of code I believe. The version written in C++ was rated around 2575 on CCRL. https://github.com/glinscott/Garbochess-JS ...

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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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