Sunday, December 2, 2018

Version 11.14d: some engines updated

Engines updated:

  • Moves can be added via english pgn (proposed by Tobias)
    • when in case O-O and O-O-O both are possible, O-O and a . means short castle. 
    • alternative: o2 = O-O and o3 = O-O-O
  • New games in Play like a GM/Play like a WGM

Bugs fixed:
  • Bad sound messages when check, mate or captures (thanks to Tobias)
  • Evandro Borracini has fixed the next bugs:
    • Issue #1: Training positions and Tactics, the PGN initial comment (i.e. the comment before the first move) is never shown.
    • Issue #2: Training positions and Tactics, , the PGN last comment (i.e. the comment after the last move) is never shown.
    • Issue #3 - Error message showed in case the engine is not found.
  •  Remaching when playing a game against an "opponent for young players" (thanks to Cable Guy)
From 11.14 to 11.14a
  • New: to bind the "backspace" key to "take back move" by default. (Tobias idea)
  • Fix: kibitzer "Stockfish evaluation" doesn´t works with 10 version (thanks to Juan José Valera)
From 11.14a to 11.14b
  • Fix: some training positions don't work (thanks to Andreas W.)
  • Fix: tactics created from pgns with variants don´t work (thanks to Rodrigo Z.)
From 11.14b to 11.14c
  • Fix: kibitzer in one line doesn't work when black (thanks to Vitaliy K.)
  • Creating FNS/tactics from a pgn file, added information from labels Task and Source, to be showed when training (thanks to Vitaliy K.)
From 11.14c to 11.14d
  • Opening lines, memory problems:
    • Fix: importing poliglot books (thanks to Jonathan C) 
    • Fix: exporting to PGN  (thanks to Jonathan C)
Downloads : 
  • Update, from Information menu, Search for updates

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Version 11.13d: finally graphics created directly on the board

Graphics created directly on the board

This is a long-demanded option, the list of people who have requested it from me is too large to include here.
The working mode is similar to that of Lichess, if it is a square selected a circle is shown, if they are several squares an arrow is shown, by default. 
It can be customized from the Director option, each element of the band is associated to a key (None, Alt, Shift, Ctrl) pressed at same time right mouse.

Elements associated can be changed  from Director

The deletion of elements is done by creating an equal element. The keys Ctrl-F1 to delete the last created element and Ctrl-F2 to delete all of them also work.

When Director mode (activated by pressing F1,...F10), Shift+Alt+Right Mouse allows user to choose a piece to add.

As a facility, when working in Opening Lines, with the right button you can create graphic elements that are associated with the position directly.

This behaviour can be disabled from Options-Configuration-Boards:

Also when playing, from Utilities menu can be disabled/enabled.

Other new

  • When playing against an engine from Playing against any engine option, all moves from rival are cached, then if Reinit, allways plays same moves to same positions.

Bugs fixed
  • Exporting database to PGN, some labels fixed (thanks to Marc)
  • Tournaments between engines, memory leaks (thanks to Paul T.).
  • Everest training does not work when the use of the tutor engine in the background is deactivated, (thanks to Duntoria).
From 11.13 to 11.13a
  • Bug: playing against any engine, without time limit (thanks to Batu 64)

From 11.13a to 11.13b
  • Bug: opening lines, to play against engines, it only allows to play against the last one.
  • Bug: tournaments, when creating a new group of games does not show any game.
From 11.13b to 11.13c
  • Bug: training tactics by repetition, when manual configuration (thanks to Bernd H).
From 11.13c to 11.13c
  • Changed all the windows/dialogs to set the hint for close buttons to Linux64 support (coded by Lelanthran Manickum)
  • Bug: Opening lines, blocking when analyzing with the engine (thanks to Eren K).
  • Bug: Tournaments between engines, visualizing games window doesn´t works first time (thanks to Giovanni and  Paul T)
    Downloads : 

    • Update, from Information menu, Search for updates

    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 

        Monday, January 15, 2018

        Version 11.05b: first draft of "Opening lines"

        • New themes like diagrams of old books, adaptation of pieces included by Ben Citak.

        • Lichess-Elo
        • New engine, Cdrill 1800 by Ferdinand Mosca
        • Play like a Woman Grandmaster

        • Always autopromote to queen as an option, if ALT key is pressed, then allows to select other piece.

        • Playing against any engine: new option to show arrows with the best moves (parszab)

        • Tournaments between engines, added maxdepth of book. (Gabriel P)
        • Tools-PGN reader-Miniature of the day
        • Opening lines, only to test. It is an alternative way of creating a repertoire of openings, is a work not finished. There are a lot of work planned, by example, in the future will include trainings (one static and other continuous). 

        • Director, to activate and deactivate, right button over the board. To add pieces if needed ALT-right button
        • McBrain new version 4.0
        • Transsiberian, endings, now all are guided (Craig H.)
        • Analisis, ending phase to calculate elo is considered when material < 15 or less than 3 pieces in each side (Eren Külpinar)
        • Blindfold training positions, shows until mouse is pressed (Rieks T)
        • Databases, now located in DatabasesGames/DatabasesPositions because the need to rationalize the UsrData folder (Max Aloyau)
        • Hannibal changed from 1.7 to 1.4b, because v1.7 is not valid to 32 bits old-processors.
        • Personal tactics, now in the UsrData/Personal training/Tactics, can be used subfolders to group user tactics (Lee Simbeye)

        • Tactics, draws not end (Ben Citak)
        • Several bugs in Databases (parszab ideas)
        • Launching the program with a PGN as argument, when the filter window is launched, it crashes when finished.
        • From 11.05 to 11.05a
          • Problem downloading more Women Grandmasters (detected by Max Aloyau)
        • From 11.05a to 11.05b
          • Miniature of the day doesn´t work (detected by Eren Külpınar)
        • To update, from Information-Search from updates 

        Downloads :