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Abstract Board Games
Ressources for abstract games and puzzles.
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WZebra

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Playing strength ranging from beginner to strong expert.Many useful features to simplify game-play: Move takeback, move preview (see the position arising after a move has been made and what options this gives the opponent) and board rotation.Several functions useful for analyzing games: A position can be set up on the board, WZebra can analyze a game entered interactively on the board, one can switch colors at any time during a game, WZebra can solve the position for perfect play.Sixteen languages to choose from.Move lists in any reasonable text format can be imported and analyzed.Practice session mode where WZebra displays its evaluations of all available moves - great for learning and understanding openings.Help files in HTML.WZebra can learn a game played and add it to its opening book.Support for the Thor database.

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Free reversi GUI. A very, very strong reversi program. Lots of different features and playing levels.

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Chess Hero - A free chess training program

Chess Hero - A free chess training program | Abstract Board Games | Scoop.it

How does it work?

You supply a set of PGN files, the program picks random positions and challenges you to guess the best move computed by a chess engine. On every attempt you are given a penalty (the difference in score between your move and the engine best)

The nice thing about this program is that you will also get very ordinary positions where not much is going on. If you compare your move with the moves of the game or the engine, you will find subtle differences in the evaluation of the moves. In this kind of positions, if you play moves that are 0.2 pawns worse than the best move, you will eventually lose against better players. That is exactly how this program can help you a great deal: it is as if a trainer is continually watching and commenting on you.

You can configure the program to work with multiple chess engines (it supports both the XBoard and UCI engine protocols).

 

Yannick Kilberger's insight:

My favorite chess software. I use the Stockfish UCI engine coupled with Chessbase's Big Database converted to PGN in order to be quizzed on more than 4 million games!

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Komodo

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A strong UCI chess engine. Free up to version 3 on many platforms, can also be downloaded ready to play with a Graphical User Interface.

 

Developed by Don Dailey and Larry Kaufman

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GoGui

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GoGui is a graphical user interface to programs that play the board game Go and support the Go Text Protocol such as GNU Go.

GoGui has many special features for Go program developers. It supports direct communication with the Go engine over a command shell. The Go engine can be replaced while keeping the current board position. Commands can be configured to display their response graphically on the board. GoGui is avaliable under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

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A free, simple and efficient Go Graphical User Interface. Works with many Go engines.

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Windames 3D

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International Checkers interface. Also features lessons (at least in French, I have not tried the other languages available). Numerous playing strength options. Even though the name implies 3D, it also features a 2D board which I believe is the most useful.

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