Discussion of anything and everything relating to chess playing software and machines.
Moderators: bob, hgm, Harvey Williamson
This textbox is used to restore diagrams posted with the [d] tag before the upgrade.
- Posts: 4175
- Joined: Tue Jul 03, 2007 2:30 am
Roland Chastain wrote: ↑
Thu Dec 26, 2019 8:23 am
For Shredder, it's a pity that the free version is limited in time.
Just like Chess Openings Wizard. Hehe, back when it was called Bookup I'd use a program that would change my computer's clock so it would allow me to use it for longer
Anyway, if someone is thinking about buying Shredder GUI, go for Shredder Classic 3, later versions removed the "Continuous Display" option that is one of the things that made Shredder GUI great, but I guess new generations will not enjoy it (it's a very simple concept, just don't clean the engine's output and add new things at the bottom, very useful for when you play a game automatically and want to see the PVs of all played moves, just scroll up!)
- Posts: 38
- Joined: Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:54 am
For engines vs engines matches : Cute Chess
For human games against various egines : Arena Chess Gui
Best training tool : Lukas Chess Gui
- Posts: 2554
- Joined: Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:02 pm
For engine matches:
Cutechess (concurrency is an incredible feature)
ChessGUI (for engines that don't play Chess960 under Cutechess)
Opinions expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of the CCRL Group.
- Posts: 179
- Joined: Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:20 pm
- Location: New Hampshire
I mostly use Fritz 17 for engine vs engine and tournaments, it's just more polished than the free ones. I also like Arena, especially for it's engine installation wizard which will allow you register an entire folder of *.exe's. The fact that other gui's require you to register each engine one at a time is the main reason I never use them. Even Fritz does that but I have done it over a period of years and each new version of Fritz uses the previous registrations.
- Posts: 483
- Joined: Wed Mar 15, 2006 5:13 am
- Location: Curitiba - PR - BRAZIL
I've used all of them, but my everyday GUI is Fritz(16)/Chessbase(12).
Third... Aquarium (to analyse)(but there are many bugs) . Fourth, Shredder, but I think I should use it more, it only doesn't work very well with my DGT board.
AMD Ryzen 1800x, Windows 10.
FIDE current ratings: standard 1913, rapid 1931
- Posts: 17207
- Joined: Thu Mar 09, 2006 5:40 pm
- Location: US of Europe, germany
- Full name: Thorsten Czub
I don't use chess guis for playing chess.
I have wooden boards and dedicated chess computers.
The 2d screen makes no sense. And the backlighted screen makes the eyes tired.
I prefer chess on a real chess board against humans or dedicated chess computers.
What seems like a fairy tale today may be reality tomorrow.
Here we have a fairy tale of the day after tomorrow....
- Posts: 548
- Joined: Sun Aug 04, 2013 11:19 am
1.SmallFish Chess for Stockfish GUI -> Stockfish on iPad Pro
2.SmallChess Pro GUI -> Stockfish on iPad Pro
3.Stockfish Chess GUI -> Stockfish on iPad Pro
I hope to see SmallChess Pro GUI with some improvements like:
-up to 10 cores(concurrency) support for Stockfish not only 4 (4 is only a bad joke after 5 years of hardware improvements, it‘s like buying a 64 core threadripper but using only 32 cores).
-up to 6 GB Hash Size(RAM) support and not 64 MB limit (I don’t live in stone age anymore).
-without the limit of analyzing to a maximum depth of 30 moves (biggest LOL ever).
-instead Stockfish, better take a 30% speed up with Cfish or Asmfish.
-download should have 5-men syzygy tablebases with the option to download 6-men syzygy and some 7-men syzygy and not only 4-men.
-support of second engine -> Leela on CPU, but better on GPU, but better on NPU.
- Posts: 3931
- Joined: Fri Mar 10, 2006 4:23 am
- Location: http://www.arasanchess.org
I use Fritz 16, Winboard, and Arena. They each have their plusses. Fritz supports .ctg books, which the others do not.
- Posts: 2106
- Joined: Sun Feb 07, 2016 11:43 pm
- Full name: Brendan J Norman
For analysis: I have become a big fan of the new Fritz 17 features
For quickly flipping through PGN DBs: ChessX
For Database Management: I recently bought ChessBase 15, which is expensive but awesome.
For Learning Openings: Chess Openings Wizard
For Training Tactics: ChessTempo
For Engine tournaments: Fritz 12, but I suspect within a very few releases Banksia will nudge Fritz out of the way...it is already superb!