Thursday, October 11, 2018

Version 11.12a: writing down moves of a game

  • Writing down moves of a game (new resource for zebras)
    • The objective is to write fluently the moves in pgn, which can be useful when you start playing long live games.
    • The process is very simple, 
      1. You choose a new game and the program selects one automatically. 
      2. Then the color is selected, in order to show the board. 
      3. Then a move is shown on the board and it is asked at the top to write the same in pgn format, pressing "intro key" continues with the next.
      4. There is no distinction between upper and lower case.
      5. The result is displayed at the end

Changes and improves:
  • Learn a game, show arrow to correct move
  • McBrain updated to version 9.9 by Michael Byrne
  • Training "opening lines" with engines:
    • added the possibility to play against external engines.
    • can be configured automatic analysis when failure.
    • can be configured different levels and books associated
  • Tournaments between engines, pgn to save includes elo information (C. Daniel)

Bugs fixed
  • Incorrect link to the web of transsiberian image in About window(Matt L)
  • Opponents for young players, don´t allow to replay (Cable Guy)

Downloads : 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Version 11.11: maintenance update


  • Opening lines, training against a bunch of engines, now number is selected by user.
  • Andscacs engine (by Daniel José Queraltó) updated to version 0.9432
  • Updated French translation by Max Aloyou

  • Director, removing "Move a piece" doesn't appear previous piece (D. Chong)

Downloads : 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Version 11.10a: Opening lines, training with engines

Opening lines
    New training against some engines, user plays games against engines with some conditions:

    • Mandatory moves: in the first part, the user and the engine must each make moves defined in the opening lines created.
    • Moves until the control: for the second part, the motor moves without restrictions and the user must select one of the lines or another movement if not provided for in one of the lines.
    • At the end, the controlling engine calculates the score of the first move out of the lines and the score of the last move, and this difference must be less than that set in "Maximum number of centipawns...", to move to the next engine.
    • There are 5 levels, each level change increases the time thought by the rival engine. (0.5, 1, 2, 4, 8 secs)
    • Bunch of engines: user select a block of 8 engines to play against in each level.

    Import of Personal Opening Guides and Export to PGN (proposed by Jonathan Cremers)

   New type of kibitzer, now is a polyglot book, an easy way to consult a book when analyzing a game.

More changes
  • Messages out of board, some messages appear now out of board. (Cottonchess)
  • Support to lost on time and rival has not enough material, then draw. (London)
Version 11.10 -> 11.10a:
  • Training positions don´t work (thanks to Antonio P. Peter B.)
Downloads : 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Version 11.09: maintenance update


  • Tournaments, additions:
    • possibility to work with minutes in decimal. (Jan Bernard)
    • possibility to manually force the end of a game. (Giovanni di Maria, Jan Bernard)
  • New color theme: wooden by Ale
  • Opening lines: 
    • has been added the option to organize the openings in folders
    • new tab: tree of moves.
  • Colors, label changed: from "By default" to "Reset to default" (CottonEaster)


  • Playing like a GrandMaster/Woman GrandMaster 
    • when pawn promotion crashs (Eren Külpınar)
    • doesn`t work in Linux (fixed by kupad/github)

Downloads : 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Version 11.08a: Turn on lights in one line and statistics by player in databases

Turn on lights in one line:
  • useful for daily training.
  • it can be configured a number of trainings from 6 to 54.
  • it allows to select any training file.
  • can be configured to automatically select another sample each day.

Databases, statistics by player (proposed by Lee Simbeye)

Tournaments between engines, added reason of endding (suggested by Gabriel Paunica)

Engines updates:
  • Acqua, version 2.0 (author Giovanni di Maria)
  • Godel, version 4.0.7 (author Juan Manuel Vázquez)
  • McBrain, version 9.1 (author Michael Byrne, based in stockfish, this engine is the standard tutor of lucaschess)
Fixed bugs:
  • Training positions, doesn't save the position (communicated by Eren Külpinar)
  • Kibitzers added to write "quit" to the engine at end to terminate, problem with some engines like ProDeo that remains in memory (communicated by lucabunns)
  • Database, export to pgn not save result (communicated by Marc).
  • Several bugs in training elos, LiChess-elo doesn´t works (communicated by Reinhard)
  • Fixed some bugs
  • Updated translations (French-Polish-Russian)
Downloads : 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Version 11.07a: Shortcuts

  • They are activated pressing right mouse button on main toolbar.
  • The options that can have ashortcut is extended to menus Play, Train, Compete, Tools.
  • ALT <number> keys can be used.
  • Label showed can be edited (double click over field).
  • Endings are again not guided if they have 4 pieces or less (uses syzygy tablebases-pychess library).
  • Now when changing level save current level state.

New trainings positions: 
  • Singular moves to equalize.
  • Singular moves to win.

  • Kibitzers, when add a new kibitzer, all others reset their results (Jan Bernard)
  • Database order by plies (Antonio G)

11.07 -> 11.07a:
  • Bug, creating new external engine (S Weber)
  • Opening lines, sequential/static training added information about which lines are training on (Lee Simbeye).
  • Tournament between engines, Pause option (Max Aloyau)

Downloads : 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Version 11.06c: Opening lines

  • To activate/deactivate Graphics-Director, CTRL+right button, also to activate F1 to F10
  • Engines:
    • Updated McBrain to version 9
    • Updated Stockfish to version 9
  • Linux, new installation and some fixes in code by Costor

Bugs fixed:
  • Tournaments, some fixes (Bernard)
  • Playing like a GM, time of engine is not saved from one time to another. (Eren Kulpimar)
  • Analysing a game, the graphics window always opens with white at the bottom (emeikei)

  • Opening Lines that allows you to create a repertoire of openings, and with tools to help to study, graphics-Director save the graphics in the same file, then it is all-in-one, providing the possibility of sharing easily. It also includes three simple ways of training:
    • First, sequential mode, the user must select all moves of a line and one side, must repeat until there are no errors. Then based on the number of times with no errors, it will be repeated.
    • Second, static, all the lines to study appear in a window, and the user can select any of them. The repetitions without errors are highlighted with mtereological symbols.
    • Third, positions, all the different positions can be trained in the same way as in the first training.

Version 11.06 -> 11.06a:
  • Bug: massive analysis, where book is not selected (Antonio)
  • Bug: mcbrain analysing with multipv at maximum.
  • Bug: kibitzers don´t work.
  • Change: importing polyglot books in Opening lines.
  • New: double click in a move, does an analysis (Lee Simbeye)
  • New: option in database filter standard, to save filters.

Version 11.06a -> 11.06b:
  • Change: Updated technique positions by Michele Tumbarello.
  • Bug: At start position window , the En "Passant Box" doesn't work. (aaa1395).
  • Bug: Poliglot books from pgn doesn´t work (Michele Tumbarello).
Version 11.06b -> 11.06c:

  • It only includes a minimal change due to the fact that in the analysis, part of the test code was not deleted by mistake, and the effect is that two calculations of elo are shown, in this update the test code is deleted.

    Downloads : 
    • To update (from v11.05/11.06/11.06a/11.06b), Information-Search from updates