Friday, December 26, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

Version 8.10: bug fixed + translation to Slovene

Bug fixed: Mate training, working with levels greater than 10 (Myles T).


Translation to Slovene thanks to Matjaž Seničar.

To update:

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Version 9 step 5: Africa map


  • Pieces:
    • New set to children, Qwertyxp2000 from
    • Added Condal by Marroquin.
    • Set of pieces NikNak, now named Cburnett.

  • Maps:
    • Added Africa.

    • Added STS positions.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Version 9 step 4: source to linux

These are the sources to Linux. 
Destination are developpers as I don´t know enough Linux to help.
It includes linux-engines, it is the main variation in relation to Windows version.


  • python 2.7
  • pyqt 4
  • pygal
  • pyaudio
  • psutil
  • chardet
  • suds
  • lxml
  • .....

Also it is necessary to give extra permissions to engines.

Link: LucasChess.7z

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Version 9 step 4: chess positions on a world map.

New training option, externally a little different from the others.
It works with a world map divided into countries, where each country is associated with a chess position, the goal is to solve all the positions of all countries. You get a country when you win its position. Then you can select a border-country and so on.

Maybe in the future I will add more restrictive maps (Africa, America,....), extend the selection of positions, ....

Download portable: LucasChessPortable9step4.exe

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Version 9 step 3

Not many news:

  • Analisys of a game:
    • Option to indicate format points/depth/time (Johannes Reimers)

  • Tournaments between engines:
    • Added option to set initial position from Norman Pollock openings-database (40H-Openings)

  • Playing against any engine:
    • Thougth of engine, more information. (Michele)
Info: Score | depth/sel. depth | time | nodes/nodes per second

  • And some bugs fixed, thanks to Stolcius, Phillip Watts, ...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Version 8.09: bugs fixed

Bugs fixed:

  • Fics-elo & Fide-elo, don´t change color. (Stolcius Von Stolcenbergjayriginal)
  • Russian translation finnished, thanks to Reinhard work.
  • Also Português (BR), thanks to Laudecir Daniel.
  • Updated database positions used in some trainings (???)

To update:

Remember that all user data is in the UsrData subfolder of LucasChess folder.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Version 9 step 2b

New step and some changes:

  • Analyzing a game, new option to show graphics at end (ADT).

  • Tournaments, show on live results (Urban Gustavsson, Di Maria Giovanni)

  • Create your own game, open with reopen option.

Update to 2a:
  • Correspondence-chess, added remove link (Reinhard)
  • Fics/Fide-elo "New analysis" button works now.
  • Fics/Fide-elo the color change of each new game don´t works.(Stolcius, jairiginal)
  • Reading pgn files, take into account original codec (Reinhard)
  • STS-test, now works to hide/show board (Stolcius)

    Update to 2b:
    • Tools-PGN reader, creation of polyglot books, don't works
    • Playing against any engne, assign an empty book (.bin) works. (stolcius)

    Link : LucasChessPortableStep2b.exe

    Monday, August 25, 2014

    Version 9 step 1c

    The next version will be the 9, I have no date for its publication, the most likely to take at least one year, in the meantime I will publish the development version from time to time.


    • Playing in general:
      • Tutor opinion saved (when option marked in configuration), even when it is the same as user move. (ADT)
      • When playing opponent then changed cursor (and doesn´t show a message) (?)
      • Keyboard changed to support indicating moves by keyboard (Robert Anderson), now f=flip, c=save pgn, i=save png img, d=director, needs Alt.
      • Can be stablished main window as top window in relation other programs. (Red Hood)
      • Analysis of a game-> option to show histogram. (ADT)
    • Lucas elo:
      • It is possible to play against all better engines, even from beginning. (?+++)
    • Playing against any engine:
      • Tutor used and tutor general are now the same. (ADT)
      • Shows arrows with the thought of opponent. (Michele)
      • Opening selection, can be selected by mouse, and with the depth the user wants, allowing non standard.
      • Option to select a poliglot book and that their moves are mandatory.
      • Added second chance option, then when move is not the better, program shows the number of better moves and user can select to rethink. (Remes)
      • Warm when zeitnot can be set (bbbaro25us,Rui Grafino), and the sound associated.
    • Playing like a GM:
      • Internally changed, it is incompatible with previous versions.
      • Can be selected the opening. (Adrijan)
      • Bypass moves in a book. (Jeremy Bernstein)
    • Database:
      • Databases can be placed in any folder. (?)
    • Tools-Engines:
      • Support to STS: Strategic Test Suite, More info Authors: Dan Corbit & Swaminathan
    • Director:
      • Added square markers
    • Training openings:
      • Changed interface to select opening
    • Engines:
      • Stockfish 5
      • Tarrasch Toy 0.905 (0.906 creates log)
    • Fide-elo,Fics-elo:
      • Always use tutor engine.
      • Enhanced analysis, now can be asked for new current analysis as engine is working in background. (Nils Andersson)
    • Determine your calculating power:
      • Added possibility to repeat a training (Swaminathan)
    • Kibitzers:
      • Option to enable or disable as top window(always visible or not) (thetasquared)

    Download: LucasChessPortable9step1c.exe

    1a: 26/8/2014: fixed two bugs (Comment #1)
    1b: 28/8/2014: fixed bug in "Play like a GM" when importing games. (Ramesh P.)
    1c: 31/8/2014: Playing against any engine, tutor analysis is always added. (ADT)

    Friday, May 30, 2014

    Version 8.08: mainly some internal changes

    Bugs fixed:
    • Paste PGN, with data invalid crashes the program. (?)
    • New Komodo don´t works (getzero)
    • Disabled python garbage collector. (the intention is to reduce the possibility of crashes).
    • Python 2.7.6
    • PyQt 4.10.4

    To update:

    Remember that all user data is in the UsrData subfolder of LucasChess folder.

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

    Version 8.07e: more bugs

    Bugs fixed:
    • Reading a pgn with 0 instead O (Brian S).
    • Resizing tutor board from menu Options (ADT)
    • Databases-Removing one database (Nils Andersson)
    • Playing against any engine, selection of opening, some deep openings aren't showed. (Nils Andersson)
    • Tournaments between engines with "initial position" LC doesn't insert FEN in the pgn (Stolcius Von Stolcenberg)
    • Some labels in English corrected (Nils Andersson)
    (Edited 19/2/2014)
    • Tournaments between engines, don´t add engines with spaces in its path (Cristel C, Di Maria G.)
    (Edited 14/3/2014)
    • Find Best Move, more height to solutions (tewald)
    • PGN reader-Utilities-List of FENs (david)
    • ESC in comments go out the app (MeWannaTakeYouHome)
    (Edited 27/4/2014)
    • Show candidates option when in check.
    • Analysis window, save to FEN.(Matt L)
    • Some translations of mate in (Marco T)
    (Edited 01/05/2014)
    • Learn a game, don´t works saved games. (Lady K)
    And some news:
    • New translation, Suomi by Heikki J.
    • More games to FideElo.
    (Edited 09/05/2014)
    • New translation, Brazilian by Laudecir Daniel
    • New translation, Indonesian by Heri Darmanto
    • Python 2.7.3
    • PyQt 4.9.6

    To update:

    Remember that all user data is in the UsrData subfolder of LucasChess folder.

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

    Version 8.06: two bugs fixed

    1. Learn a game (Training-Resources for zebras), don´t work promotion (Mariusz)
    2. Stockfish DD has a wrong message (mate 0) that affects analysis results, changed to Stockfish 4 (Pavel)

    Sunday, January 26, 2014

    Version 8.05: more bugs fixed

    Bugs fixed:
    • Sound of 9 removed (Indy)
    • Creating a training playing like a GM, (Adrijan)
    • Capture window inactive in Tourney between engines (Urban G)
    • Analysing sometimes only shows a few moves (Pavel+Michele)

    To update:

    Remember that all user data is in the UsrData subfolder of LucasChess folder.

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

    Version 8.04: some bugs fixed

    Bugs fixed:
    • Saving PGN files, bad encoding type, now UTF-8 is used (chessfollower).
    • Play like a grandmaster, don´t work (Lolou).
    • Director, don´t work (Michele).
    • Database-Summary results are reversed when black move (xpdnc).

    Friday, January 17, 2014

    Version 8.03: some bugs fixed and Greko engine in competition

    Bugs fixed:
    • When resigning, label is in some cases wrong (Pavel).
    • Stockfish info message mate 0 not handled properly (Pavel)
    • Fifty move rule, program used a fifty halfmove rule (Chris Ratt)
    • Resistance test and playing against Tarrasch, program hangs(Коробкoв)

    • Greko engine (Vladimir Medvedev) included in Competition.
    • New color-theme by Dan.

    Monday, January 13, 2014

    Version 8.02: more bugs fixed and new index

    Bugs fixed:

    • Reading PGN files with latin-1 characters (Marcus).
    • Analyzing with option to detect blunders, first time use (claes)
    • Reading PGN files with character - in moves (like 1. e2-e4...) (Marcus)
    • Kibitzers using Wine (katka)
    • Greko, not included in about (Vladimir)


    • New index "Material asymmetry" by Michele
    • Opening label when is too long then now is wrapped (Michele)
    • ESC key to go out in analysis of variants window (Pavel)