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Re: What are your Favorite Chess GUI's And Why..

Post by Ovyron » Thu Dec 26, 2019 8:37 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 :mrgreen:

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!)

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Re: What are your Favorite Chess GUI's And Why..

Post by mesilikas » Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:27 am

For engines vs engines matches : Cute Chess
For human games against various egines : Arena Chess Gui
Best training tool : Lukas Chess Gui

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Re: What are your Favorite Chess GUI's And Why..

Post by Modern Times » Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:51 am

For Analysis:
Shredder GUI

For engine matches:
Cutechess (concurrency is an incredible feature)
ChessGUI (for engines that don't play Chess960 under Cutechess)
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Re: What are your Favorite Chess GUI's And Why..

Post by JohnW » Thu Dec 26, 2019 3:55 pm

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.

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Re: What are your Favorite Chess GUI's And Why..

Post by Ponti » Thu Dec 26, 2019 7:10 pm

I've used all of them, but my everyday GUI is Fritz(16)/Chessbase(12).

Second, Arena.

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.
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Re: What are your Favorite Chess GUI's And Why..

Post by mclane » Thu Dec 26, 2019 7:58 pm

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.
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Re: What are your Favorite Chess GUI's And Why..

Post by Hai » Thu Dec 26, 2019 8:15 pm

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.

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Re: What are your Favorite Chess GUI's And Why..

Post by jdart » Fri Dec 27, 2019 2:05 am

I use Fritz 16, Winboard, and Arena. They each have their plusses. Fritz supports .ctg books, which the others do not.

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Re: What are your Favorite Chess GUI's And Why..

Post by Norbert Raimund Leisner » Fri Dec 27, 2019 9:55 am

A survey of GUIs for Linux/MacOS/Windows etc.is vailable here: http://computer-chess.org/doku.php?id=c ... pport_list

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Re: What are your Favorite Chess GUI's And Why..

Post by BrendanJNorman » Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:24 am

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!

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