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Anonymous
March 9, 2005 3:09:25 PM

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Hi NG.
I know this question properly have been asked many times before, but anyway:
Does anyone know a good _free_ program for playing chess against the
computer?

/Hans

More about : chess program

Anonymous
March 9, 2005 3:09:26 PM

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Hans J. Jensen wrote:
> Hi NG.
> I know this question properly have been asked many times before, but anyway:
> Does anyone know a good _free_ program for playing chess against the
> computer?
>
> /Hans
>
>

http://www.rebel.nl/decrel.htm

http://www.playwitharena.com/

100s of engines on the second link, all free.

Do a search on www.google.com if you want more
Anonymous
March 9, 2005 3:09:26 PM

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Hi,

You might like to look at ChessPad too. It's a nice Windows app for
looking at PGN game collections.
Related resources
Anonymous
March 9, 2005 3:17:52 PM

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Hans J. Jensen wrote:
> Hi NG.
> I know this question properly have been asked many times before, but anyway:
> Does anyone know a good _free_ program for playing chess against the
> computer?
>
> /Hans
>
>
Hi Hans,

Free..!? Then you should get the Arena GUI with engines like Ruffian,
SOS, The Baron and more, which is of different levels.

http://www.playwitharena.com/

HD
Anonymous
March 9, 2005 5:55:11 PM

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Hans J. Jensen wrote:
> Hi NG.
> I know this question properly have been asked many times before, but anyway:
> Does anyone know a good _free_ program for playing chess against the
> computer?
>
> /Hans


Rudy has some in his Board section:
http://www.caiman.us/scripts/fw/fboard.html

Free, but I have no idea if they are any good... :-)

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Anonymous
March 9, 2005 5:55:12 PM

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See below:

"Vegard Krog Petersen" <vegard_krog_petersen@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:D 0mv80$cj4$1@news.tdcnorge.no...
> Hans J. Jensen wrote:
> > Hi NG.
> > I know this question properly have been asked many times before, but
anyway:
> > Does anyone know a good _free_ program for playing chess against the
> > computer?
> >
> > /Hans
>
>
> Rudy has some in his Board section:
> http://www.caiman.us/scripts/fw/fboard.html
>
> Free, but I have no idea if they are any good... :-)
....
> Vegard Krog Petersen, Norway
>

There are literally hundreds of programs. So many programmers developed
these with no compensation. You need two parts: the user interface and the
engine.

The interface is the part that deals with the user, i.e. I/O. In general,
there are three types of interfaces for IBM compatibles: Winboard (Xboard
for Mac), UCI, and Chessbase.

The engine is the part that calculates moves. Engines may be designed for
only one type interface, in which case it is called "native." Most engines
these days are designed for two or three types. Chessbase has made its
recent programs (I think starting with Fritz 6; I know Junior 8 and Hiarcs 8
work) suitable for UCI. Arena, mentioned in an earlier post, is UCI.

Here are some links to sites which explain this in more detail and which
provide free programs:

http://www.tim-mann.org/engines.html
http://www.aarontay.per.sg/Winboard/index.html
http://www.aarontay.per.sg/Winboard/article.html
http://www.aarontay.per.sg/Winboard/Winboard4.html#[D.4]
http://www.moq.dk/WinBoard.htm
http://wbforum.volker-pittlik.name/profile.php
http://www.winboardengines.de/html/winboard-detailpages...
http://www.chessville.com/links/links_comp_computer.htm
http://www.geocities.com/lyapko/rat30.htm

I found out about this the same way you did: by inquiring of this newsgroup.
Jonathan Beckett wrote back, suggesting:

SCID
Winboard
Arena
Crafty
Ruffian.

I'm still trying them out.

Good luck!

Dan
Anonymous
March 10, 2005 12:34:27 PM

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"Dan Kalish" wrote
[cut]
>
> There are literally hundreds of programs. So many programmers developed
> these with no compensation. You need two parts: the user interface and
the
> engine.
>
> The interface is the part that deals with the user, i.e. I/O. In general,
> there are three types of interfaces for IBM compatibles: Winboard (Xboard
> for Mac), UCI, and Chessbase.
>
> The engine is the part that calculates moves. Engines may be designed for
> only one type interface, in which case it is called "native." Most
engines
> these days are designed for two or three types. Chessbase has made its
> recent programs (I think starting with Fritz 6; I know Junior 8 and Hiarcs
8
> work) suitable for UCI. Arena, mentioned in an earlier post, is UCI.
>
> Here are some links to sites which explain this in more detail and which
> provide free programs:
>
> http://www.tim-mann.org/engines.html
> http://www.aarontay.per.sg/Winboard/index.html
> http://www.aarontay.per.sg/Winboard/article.html
> http://www.aarontay.per.sg/Winboard/Winboard4.html#[D.4]
> http://www.moq.dk/WinBoard.htm
> http://wbforum.volker-pittlik.name/profile.php
> http://www.winboardengines.de/html/winboard-detailpages...
> http://www.chessville.com/links/links_comp_computer.htm
> http://www.geocities.com/lyapko/rat30.htm
>
> I found out about this the same way you did: by inquiring of this
newsgroup.
> Jonathan Beckett wrote back, suggesting:
>
> SCID
> Winboard
> Arena
> Crafty
> Ruffian.
>
> I'm still trying them out.
>
> Good luck!
>
> Dan

Hi Dan.
Thanks for the answer anf the links. I have downloaded Arena with some
engines. But I looks quite complicated, but I will give it a try.

/Hans
Anonymous
March 10, 2005 12:34:28 PM

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"Hans J. Jensen" <jjjg3401@hotmail.spam> wrote
> Thanks for the answer anf the links. I have downloaded Arena with some
> engines. But I looks quite complicated, but I will give it a try.
>

If you want a simple free chess program that's simple to use
and can play at various levels from beginner to master, try:

Der Bringer:
http://chess.kearman.com/bringer/bringer-index.html

You just unzip the zip file to a directory/folder and then click
on the icon. It has a nice GUI interface.

Good luck
Patrick
Anonymous
March 10, 2005 4:52:40 PM

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Dan Kalish wrote:
> See below:
>
> "Vegard Krog Petersen" <vegard_krog_petersen@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:D 0mv80$cj4$1@news.tdcnorge.no...
>
>>Hans J. Jensen wrote:
>>
>>>Hi NG.
>>>I know this question properly have been asked many times before, but
>
> anyway:
>
>>>Does anyone know a good _free_ program for playing chess against the
>>>computer?
>>>
>>>/Hans
>>
>>
>>Rudy has some in his Board section:
>>http://www.caiman.us/scripts/fw/fboard.html
>>
>>Free, but I have no idea if they are any good... :-)
>
> ...
>
>>Vegard Krog Petersen, Norway
>>
>
>
> There are literally hundreds of programs. So many programmers developed
> these with no compensation. You need two parts: the user interface and the
> engine.
>
> The interface is the part that deals with the user, i.e. I/O. In general,
> there are three types of interfaces for IBM compatibles: Winboard (Xboard
> for Mac), UCI, and Chessbase.
>
> The engine is the part that calculates moves. Engines may be designed for
> only one type interface, in which case it is called "native." Most engines
> these days are designed for two or three types. Chessbase has made its
> recent programs (I think starting with Fritz 6; I know Junior 8 and Hiarcs 8
> work) suitable for UCI. Arena, mentioned in an earlier post, is UCI.
>
> Here are some links to sites which explain this in more detail and which
> provide free programs:
>
> http://www.tim-mann.org/engines.html
> http://www.aarontay.per.sg/Winboard/index.html
> http://www.aarontay.per.sg/Winboard/article.html
> http://www.aarontay.per.sg/Winboard/Winboard4.html#[D.4]
> http://www.moq.dk/WinBoard.htm
> http://wbforum.volker-pittlik.name/profile.php
> http://www.winboardengines.de/html/winboard-detailpages...
> http://www.chessville.com/links/links_comp_computer.htm
> http://www.geocities.com/lyapko/rat30.htm
>
> I found out about this the same way you did: by inquiring of this newsgroup.
> Jonathan Beckett wrote back, suggesting:
>
> SCID
> Winboard
> Arena
> Crafty
> Ruffian.

Download jose-chess from http://jose-chess.sf.net; it is a chess
database/chess interface, featuring a 3D board and great user interface;
it also comes with Crafty, as good a free engine as you will ever want.
Best of all, jose-chess is Free Software!

(Herr Schäffer, hope this is all right :D )
Anonymous
March 10, 2005 10:59:03 PM

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* Hans J. Jensen <jjjg3401@hotmail.spam> (09:34) schrieb:

> Thanks for the answer anf the links. I have downloaded Arena with some
> engines. But I looks quite complicated, but I will give it a try.

For simple Tasks it's simple. Select you engine, and drag/drop your
moves. The leftmost Button in the toolbar is for a fresh board. You can
enable tooltips in the help menu.

mfg, simon .... l
Anonymous
March 11, 2005 1:10:31 AM

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"RPM1" wrote:
[cut]
> If you want a simple free chess program that's simple to use
> and can play at various levels from beginner to master, try:
>
> Der Bringer:
> http://chess.kearman.com/bringer/bringer-index.html
>
> You just unzip the zip file to a directory/folder and then click
> on the icon. It has a nice GUI interface.
>
> Good luck
> Patrick

Thanks. I have also downloaded that program now. Maybe you know: How do I
change the strength of the program? Fx. the search depth. (I guess that I am
not looking the correct place.)

/Hans
Anonymous
March 11, 2005 1:10:32 AM

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"Hans J. Jensen" <jjjg3401@hotmail.spam> wrote...
> "RPM1" wrote:
> [cut]
> > If you want a simple free chess program that's simple to use
> > and can play at various levels from beginner to master, try:
> >
> > Der Bringer:
> > http://chess.kearman.com/bringer/bringer-index.html
> >
> > You just unzip the zip file to a directory/folder and then click
> > on the icon. It has a nice GUI interface.
> >
> > Good luck
> > Patrick
>
> Thanks. I have also downloaded that program now. Maybe you know: How do I
> change the strength of the program? Fx. the search depth. (I guess that I
am
> not looking the correct place.)

Click on the Game menu and choose Level to set the
level, (search depth).

Click on the Options menu and choose Settings to
turn "Permanent Brain" on or off. This setting allows it to
think while it's your move. You can also set the programs
approximate Elo rating from Options-->Settings and then
click the "Engine" tab. There you can lower the Elo rating.
It only goes down to 1360 so if you try to set the rating
lower it won't accept it.

If I set the Elo to 1360 and set the Level to one ply and turn
Permanent Brain off, my 7 year old son can kill the program.
If I set it to it's strongest settings it will play master level chess.

Have fun!
Patrick
Anonymous
March 11, 2005 1:14:25 AM

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"Simon Krahnke" skrev
> Hans J. Jensen (09:34) schrieb:
>
> > Thanks for the answer anf the links. I have downloaded Arena with some
> > engines. But I looks quite complicated, but I will give it a try.
>
> For simple Tasks it's simple. Select you engine, and drag/drop your
> moves. The leftmost Button in the toolbar is for a fresh board. You can
> enable tooltips in the help menu.
>
> mfg, simon .... l

Ok, so I figured out the basics. But while playing with the program I think
I changed a lot of things. But does that matter?

/Hans
Anonymous
March 11, 2005 4:26:41 PM

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Hans J. Jensen wrote:
> "Simon Krahnke" skrev
>
>>Hans J. Jensen (09:34) schrieb:
>>
>>
>>>Thanks for the answer anf the links. I have downloaded Arena with some
>>>engines. But I looks quite complicated, but I will give it a try.
>>
>>For simple Tasks it's simple. Select you engine, and drag/drop your
>>moves. The leftmost Button in the toolbar is for a fresh board. You can
>>enable tooltips in the help menu.
>>
>>mfg, simon .... l
>
>
> Ok, so I figured out the basics. But while playing with the program I think
> I changed a lot of things. But does that matter?
>
> /Hans
>
>
depends on the changes...
!