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Chess Problems Books

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Public domain texts with chess problems
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30 electronic editions of chess problems books. The author seemingly thought his work had been rendered useless by the advent of google books, I wish he would reconsider, his work was by far superior to simple scans.

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CheckerBoard

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CheckerBoard is the most fully featured free windows checkers program.

- Play against different checkers engines - Cake and KingsRow are among the best English checkers programs of the world; both are capable of running with the 8-piece endgame database if you have it. Weaker engines are also available for beginners.
- Enter and replay games. You can have the engine running in the background, giving you evaluations and suggested lines as you move through the game.
- Full game analysis: The engine will run through the entire game and give what it thinks to be the best line in every position, with evaluations.
- Full PDN support (a database with hundreds of games by Marion F Tinsley, arguably the world's best player ever, is supplied with CheckerBoard).

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A strong checkers game.

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Retro Gaming : Super Gomoku Narabe

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Super Gomoku Narabe: Renju is a Board game, developed and published by Naxat Soft, which was released in Japan in 1994.

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A nice renju game (in Japanese) for the super-nintendo. It is easy to find the rom and an emulator. It should play well on a smartphone.

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British Chess Problem Society

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The British Chess Problem Society, founded in 1918, is the world's oldest chess problem society. It exists to promote the knowledge and enjoyment of chess compositions, and membership is open to chess enthusiasts in all countries.

 

The Society produces two bi-monthly magazines, The Problemist and The Problemist Supplement (the latter catering for beginners), which are issued to all members. It organises the annual British Chess Solving Championship (sponsored by Winton Capital Management), and selects the Great Britain squad for the World Chess Solving Championship.

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All those interested in chess problems should join. Note that all the archives of the Problemist Supplement - geared towards chess problems "beginners" - have been made available for free on the site. Members of the society also gain access to the Problemist Archives.

 

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Drago

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Drago is a Windows freeware application dedicated to the game of Go. It enables to:

 

- browse and edit game files,print and export,create game databases and search for games with some pattern or some game properties (players, result, date, ...)

- replay games,solve problems,play against game engines.

 

More features:

 

- UnicodeTabbed interfaceExport games to RTF, PDF, HTML and Word

- Export figures to WMF, BMP, JPEG, GIF, PNG and ASCII

- Standard installation, complete uninstallation

- SGF compliant

- Read multi game files and folders

- Installed with a game collection (in SGF and database format) and four problem collections.... and more.

 

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Very complete Go software. Works with many Go engines.

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Play Online

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A simple and completely free interface to play online. Featured Games (among others):

 

Chess, Checkers, International Checkers, Go, Gomoku, Reversi, Backgammon, Shogi, Xiangqi.

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Bonanza

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A very strong shogi program bundled with a retro interface. Once again the site is in Japanese, the download link is the one featuring the program size (40MB at the time I write this).

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Piskvork

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A strong gomoku player. Can also accomodate other engines. Board size is customizable and many skins are available. Labeled as "piskvorky" on the linked site.

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EG Magazine

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The complete 152 issues of a defunct magazine devoted to chess endgames. Very intersting reading.

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The Art of Mate in Two

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More than 135 000 frequently updated chess problems in two moves for free. What more could one ask for?

 

Available as a PGN file or as a Chessbase one.

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Arena Chess

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Arena is a free Graphical User Interface (GUI) for chess. Arena assists you in analyzing and playing games as well as in testing chess engines. It runs on Windows XP or higher or on Linux with Wine 1.0 or higher. Arena is compatible to Winboard protocol I, II and UCI protocol I, II. Furthermore, compatible to Chess960, DGT electronic chess board & DGT clock XP, Novag Citrine, Autoplayer, ICS (chess servers) and much more.

 

Yannick Kilberger's insight:

A powerful chess interface with many features, entirely customizable. I believe this is the best free chess GUI around. A must have for any chess player.

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Qianhong Xiangqi

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"Chinese Chess for the casual and curious"

 

The name Qianhong ("chyen hOng") means "Light Red". It is a play on the name of IBM's "Deep Blue" Chess computer and refers to this program's weak computer AI.

Although the built-in AI is weak, this game allows separate AI engines to be "plugged in". This lets you combine stronger AI engines with some of this program's nicer features: stylish graphics; a simple, intuitive user interface; and standard Chinese Chess file support. Qianhong also allows you to play against other players via peer-to-peer networking.

This may not be your typical Xiangqi software; it has slowly evolved since mid 2001 (and has been a guinea pig for various programming experiments). Since other Chinese Chess programs are usually more sophisticated (and expensive), I would call this game "Chinese Chess for the casual and curious."

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A good chinese chess program for beginners.

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BCM Shogi

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A beautiful shogi interface, lots of customizable features. Comes with the Spear Shogi engine which is just as well since trying to install one on your own can result in a severe headache (that is not limited to BCM games)...

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Noesis

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Winner of 3rd place in game tournament in third Computer Renju Championship.
Plays Renju and Gomoku including new tournament gomoku rules.

Yannick Kilberger's insight:

A great gomoku / renju program. Multiple board sizes (13x13, 15x15, 17x17 and 19x19), opening book, tournament opening, twelve strength levels.

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Go Game Guru

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Go Game Guru is CRAZY about the board game Go! Learn Go, improve your game, read the latest Go news and browse the Go Game Shop.
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Doubles as a shop. Commented games, weekly problems, tournament reports. A great source of information.

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Renju Master

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Renju Master is a freeware that allows the user to play with the computer. The software is very intelligent and very fast thanks to its advanced AI arithmetic. It also supports many other playing modes such as “USER vs USER”, “PC vs PC” (demo) and Email mode. It supports advanced rules that restrict black side to make the game fairer and more challenging.

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Nice game, numerous strength levels and an interesting "challenge mode". Plays gomoku unless you chose to restrict black's moves.

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Shogi Channel on Youtube

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Hidetchi's Shogi channel on youtube. Learn to play, study openings, watch commented games. Due to the lack of books on the subject in english this is the best ressource to learn the game.

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Scid

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With Scid you can maintain a database of chess games, search games by many criteria, view graphical trends, and produce printable reports on players and openings.

 

You can also analyze games with the Xboard or UCI compatible chess program, and even use Scid to study endings with endgame tablebases.

 

There are many more features as well; the screenshots show just some of what Scid can do. With Scid you can also play against various engines, or on Internet (FICS). Scid also supports XFCC for server based Correspondence Chess at various sites.

 

Most menus and messages in Scid are available in 14 languages

 

Chess training with Scid

If you want to perform tactical training with Scid try the Find best move feature.

Yannick Kilberger's insight:

The best free chess database application, maybe even the best free or not. Lots of features, entirely customizable. A must have for chess players. I also use the android port and it is just as good.

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Shogidokoro

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Arguably the best Shogi program for Windows. Can use the GPS Shogi engine. The site is in Japanese but the game is in English. The download link is the one featuring the latest version (2.7.2 at the time I write this).

 

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Aba-Pro

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ABA-PRO 4.8 offers 10 levels and all standard features of professional chess-programs (editor's note : you wish!). The program requires Windows NT, Windows 2000 or higher.

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Strong abalone program.

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K-Shogi

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Nice Shogi program, all in Japanese so you will have to experiment on the menus. Features many strength levels. The first link on the page should be the zip of the game.

 

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Magic Reversi

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Magic Reversi was created taking into account all the modern requirements to such games. What is meant by modern requirements?

 

The answer is:

 

- Simple and intuitive user interface

- Exciting 32-bit animation graphics

- Choose the most convenient condition of the game

- Play with remote player using local network or Internet

- Save game, get advice during the game and so on...

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Nice little reversi game.

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Dragon draughts

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Dragon plays international (10x10) draughts. The program won the dutch open championship for computer-draughts in 2012 in culemborg.

Main features of dragon draughts:

 

- 15+ different playing levels, from beginner to master level

- Tutor mode, warning you when you make a mistake

- Simultaneous analyses of all moves in a position

- Automated analyses of games

- Nederlands/English/Francais/Lithuanian language interface

- Opening book (20000 positions)

- Selective search

- Optimal play endgame databases

- Native PDN support

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Not entirely free, but what is is largely enough to enjoy the game.

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8000 Shogi Problems

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A huge shogi problems database. Features 1000 mates in 1, 1900 mates in 3, 2000 mates in 5 and so on up to mate in 15! It is written in Japanese yet easy to understand.

 

- Move pieces in free mode as you like until you think you have found the solution and then click the big F in the upper right corner to display the solution.

- Piece promotion is done by dragging a piece to the purple rectangle.

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British Endgame Study News

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The 480 issues of a defunct magazine dedicated to Endgame Studies. Should keep one occupied during the long winter evenings...

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