Friday, January 11, 2019

Version 11.15b: minimal fixes, minimal news

News:

  • When analyzing without redoing, it is possible to recalculate all blunders again. (idea of Mattew A.)
  • Database of games: added possibility of set Opening, ECO, PlyCount as tags of games in a database which it has effect when export to pgn, option in Utilities-Massive change of tags.(idea of Marc)
  • Fide/LiChess/Fics elo, eliminated messages when user and player have done the same move.(idea of Andreas W)
Fix:
  • Erroneous elo showed in LiChess-elo menu (Andreas W)
  • Games database, problem open some games. (Mattew A)
  • Import pgn in Opening Lines doesn't work. (Jonathan C)
From 11.15 to 11.15a
  • Marc: Fix, saving board to an image in clippboard/file. AltK shows the new keys to be used.
  • Andreas W: Fix, engine label when training Find best move.
  • Andreas W: Fix, find best move, changed size of buttons that shows the moves.
  • Andreas W: Fix, find best move, bad window size when resizing board.
  • Stochastic13: Playing against any engine, with tutor, when move is a draw and there is a lot of moves better.
  • Paul T: Fix, STS test, frozen when a engine thinks a lot of seconds, also added Run with board option.

From 11.15a to 11.15b
  • Andreas W: Fix, find best move, added info about castle and enpassant.
  • Becoming a knight tamer, some of the options don't work.


Downloads : 
  • Update, from Information menu, Search for updates

82 comments:

  1. Hello,
    I don't get automatic updates when issued , even when I click search for updates.

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    1. There are some versions that there is no option to update, in this case it is necessary to reinstall.

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  2. Buen trabajo , gracias por compartir

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  3. hello, can't use live graphics while the opponent is playing. Is this something to fix?

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    1. I understand, but I can´t work on this now, I take note about it.

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  4. Hey, could "Train > Openings > Training with a book" be made to allow using different books for white/black? Say you wanna learn with book but you wanna learn against most common moves not the best, but obviously for yourself you'd want the best moves. (example usage), Thanks

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    1. You have a lot of more control, in Tools-Openings-Opening lines, you can create one, then import a bin book, then remove lines you don´t want, and at end training with that opening.

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  5. Hi Lucas friend please help me i'm banned immortalchess.net. please say immortalchess admins please friend my nikname husniddin, please friend please help me unbanned immortalchess. I'm love immortalchess forum

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    1. Hi Husninddin, lukasmonk in gmail is better to communicate this.
      Yesterday, I sent a message to an administrator, I have not received any response so far.

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    2. Hi Lucas. please help me unbanned immortalchess.net. please say admin unbanned me

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  6. Lucas, can you suggest a setting for tutor sensitivity (either in centipawns or percent) so that I only see tutor for important differences in moves? Hard to set by trial and error. Thank you.

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    1. I believe that 90 centipawns is enough important, almost a lost pawn.

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  7. Hello,

    Very good software, but :

    - Need arrow keys (keyboard) to navigate into games or opening trees

    - Need a way to keep L.C. opened in one sole window (better than multiple ones)

    - How to donate to you, Lucas ?

    Gesbor

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    1. If focus is in the table pgn or the board, arrow keys work.

      >>>- Need a way to keep L.C. opened in one sole window (better than multiple ones)
      No way, now, I don´t believe what in future, but probably not, because is more easy to me, that's the only reason,

      >>> - How to donate to you, Lucas ?
      Thank you very much for your offer, but this is a project for fun, I use free resources and my time, I am happy that it has no relation with money at all and in any sense, and in the other hand I am free to follow my criteria all the time.

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    2. O.K., arrow keys work in PGN viewer, but not in-e.g. Personal Opening Guide...

      I understand your point of view for the sole window and the denied donations...

      ...So, i will only say : thank you for the job !

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    3. Personal Opening will dissapear in future in the next version (in one year I believe), I will give support only Opening lines.

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    4. ">>>- Need a way to keep L.C. opened in one sole window (better than multiple ones)
      No way, now, I don´t believe what in future, but probably not, because is more easy to me, that's the only reason,"

      I think it is horrible to have more than one window open. Sorry. you can't look at two boards at once anyway. It is better to be able to have realtime variations and realtime computer evaluations of the best moves showing for only the top 3 variations in realtime.

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  8. Hi Lucas,
    The software freezes when I try to make STS testing using max time with ProDeo 1.6, which is one of my favorite engines. This is something that has worked in the past, though I cannot say for certain which version of Lucas Chess. Other Engines, such as Pawny 0.3.1 still works without issue.

    I also can't seem to find a way to show the board any longer.

    Thanks for all your hard work.

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    1. What does it means max time ?
      I removed the board some time ago, it seemed like a waste of time in the tests I've been doing.

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    2. Maximum seconds to think. Using max depth still works.
      Oh, that's unfortunate, I liked that feature. I made my own STS table and it was nice to see how the engine were thinking. Which Lucas version still has that feature?

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    3. Time=0 and depth=0 means the time engine consider, perhaps this is the maximum you are talking.

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    4. Yes that would be the same thing. Sorry if I'm not clear enough, I'm just referring to what the software calls it: https://pasteboard.co/I0eJNta.png
      So, the issue is that the software freezes if I type anything into the Time field. Using Depth still works. I've now tested with later versions of ProDeo (1.87 and 1.88) resulting in the same problem. ProDeo is available from http://rebel13.nl/windows/prodeo.html. Note that they have worked in the past for me.

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    5. If you remove all numbers in that field, then write a number.
      I have no problem in my PC.
      I need to replicate to solve.

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    6. Yes, I've done that obviously.
      Alright, then it's probably just on my end. I'll reinstall the software and hopefully that helps.

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  9. hello
    whow can I load my own games in the section compete against?
    so I can compete against my self from my games?
    is it possible?

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    1. The option is: Train-Resources for zebras-Learn a game-Playing against

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  10. Thanks for the great software.

    Is there a possibility of an "infinite analysis" function in the future? As other GUIS do: you move the pieces and the engine calculates, live, the best positions

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    1. This function is provided by kibitzers (from Utilities).

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  11. Hi! Could we add Leelafish to the list of engines included?

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    1. If you have the binar, you can add it as an External engine, by example from Tools-Engines, External engines.

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  12. Very nice engine...ths so much for your hard work

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  13. Hello Lucas. congratulations for the great job with this software!!! I´d like to know if you have a how to configurate a training using italian openning with some variations at option personnal opennings... thank you so much for any response....

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    1. From Tools-Openings-Openings lines, you could create a new line = Italian opening, then add all variations, at end you have Train-Configuration-Create trainings.

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  14. Hello, the software updated a couple times, then failed at 15a: "An error has occurred during the upgrade to version 11.15a"

    Do I have other options besides uninstalling and downloading the current version?

    Lucas Chess is amazing...

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    1. There is no need to uninstall.
      But, the updates are:
      http://lucaschess.pythonanywhere.com/static/updates11/update1115b.zip

      http://lucaschess.pythonanywhere.com/static/updates11/update1115c.zip

      Needs double unzip and copy in the root folder of Lucas Chess.

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    2. Thank you Lucas, that worked :)

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  15. Hi Lucas,

    A question: I have a position on a board to analyze...
    If I use option Utilities/play instead of me the engine do your move
    If I use option utilities/moves tree (with same time of thinking) the program tell me the best move, but this move is different to move of the prev option!
    What is the difference ? I would have same move, I think...

    thx

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    1. You could activate logs (Options-Configuration), then in UsrData/EngineLogs, you can compare.

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  16. When analyzing without redoing, it is possible to recalculate all blunders again. (idea of Mattew A.)

    I have tried analyze without redoing but doesn't seem to do anything. Blunders are not recalculated. How does it work?

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    1. If there is one analisis done (by example in Tools-Create your own game, or in databases), user can analyse again, but configuring not redoing, and blunders could be detected also from previous analysis.

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  17. Hi,

    Would it be possible, under Analysis, if we could assign different engines for different phases of the game? (Stockfish for moves 1-20, Komodo for moves 21-40, etc)

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    1. Not now, I have an idea in mind to create an engine that works with a group of engines, each one working in a phase of game.

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  18. Just downloaded "InsLucasChess1115b.exe" Installable from https://lucaschess.pythonanywhere.com/. Windows 10 Windows Defender Smartscreen gives message - Windows protected your PC
    Windows Defender SmartScreen prevented an unrecognized app from starting. Running this app might put your PC at risk.

    App:
    InsLucasChess1115b.exe
    Publisher:
    Unknown publisher

    Whats going on? I don't want a virus. I want Lucas Chess. Please help. Thank you.

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    1. I know there is no virus. Windows Defender only says that it is an unrecognized app. You can test it via url in a web like https://www.virustotal.com/es/

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    2. Lucas didn't pick his parents correctly.

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    3. Someone at PC Windows Defender SmartScreen claims your chess program is malware. It's not. If you were friends with the elite people, who are often related to each other, I doubt this would have happened. That's what I meant when I said you didn't pick your parents carefully. It was also a joke since you can't go back in time and do that.

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    4. Thank you for the clarification.

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  19. Great software. I love it...can you support the connection to a Millennium Chessgenius Exclusive via Chess Link Bluetooth...please! That would be awesome!

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  20. Can one follow any of the lines the MV analyses of a Kibitzer on a variation board? Thanks!

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    1. Not now, I am thinking to link any board with kibitzers, it could be a way to solve it.

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  21. can you add some more blindfold trainings?

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  22. Dear Lucas,Could you please add the possibility to Tune a Polyglot opening book while analyzing the game in the upcoming updates

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  23. Is it possible to include an overview function that shows a grid of snapshots of board positions taken at a fixed number of moves during a pgn file viewing? To be clearer, suppose that one is viewing a pgn file of a game that lasted 28 ply then a 3-by-4 grid can popup up showing every third-ply-move's board position (28/12 rounded up to an integer and the remainders as empty or final position boards). Explicitly for the example above there would be a grid of 12 board positions with board number one showing the game after 3 ply moves, board number two showing the game after 6 ply moves, ..., board number nine showing 27 ply, board 10 showing 28 ply, and boards 11 and 12 showing either 28 ply or else empty. The grid dimensions could either be fixed or controlled by the viewer.

    Thank you for your marvelous program.

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    1. Sounds like a good idea, another way to view/analyze the game.
      I'm currently in a process of internal transition of the program and I'm not adding new features, until I finish in a few months. I add your idea to think about the future, thank you very much.

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    2. Thank you for your reply.

      I have a question on a different aspect of your program:
      I don't know if I am making a mistake but I am having a problem.
      Using Tactical Training and playing through a file with comments, when I right click on the panel that displays the moves the program will display another panel to its right with comments. My problem is that when the position is moved by Previous/Next the comments area doesn't update but stays fixed at a previous comment. At other times no comments at all will appear even the file has one included for each position. Any help would be appreciated.

      Thank you.

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    3. It's not easy to replicate.
      It's best if you send me files and the exact position where the error occurs to the program's email.

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  24. Lucas,
    I think that I have it now. Take a position file with comments for some of the positions. Assume that you are at a position number with a comment. In order to see the comment associated with that particular position, you must make a valid move that will appear in the
    N White Black
    panel. Once the move appears (for example)
    N White Black
    1 Be4 Qf6
    then by clicking on the blue 1 in the N column, the appropriate comment will appear in the right-most panel if the move panel is right-clicked.

    The bottom line ...
    The comments will update to the next position after a move has been registered for that position and the blue 1 in the N column is clicked while the comment pane is open.

    Please advise me if an easier method is available or if the comment can be automatically updated when Previous or Next is clicked.

    Thanks again for all that you put into the software and your advice.

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    1. The comments that are shown or not (depending on the option chosen) are the global of the position, if you divide a line of the fns file(a position) in which each tactic is based on |, the second part corresponds to the comment to show.

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  25. hi lucas great game, I don't don't if its me but when I load a game from the openings database and click replay game, to things moving I need to scroll to first move then click on the first 2 moves and click on pause then continue to start the autoplay. is there a shorter way to do this? thx steve

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    1. What specific option do you mean by "openings database"?

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    2. TOOLS>DATABASE>COMPLETE GAMES CLICK ON A GAME THEN UTILITIES > REPLAY GAME

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    3. Sorry, I can´t replicate the problem, all my tests are correct.

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    4. thx...might be my database since reading pgn's works fine

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  26. Lucas chess needs, by default, to act more like lichess. In lichess, you can load a pgn of your game and step through it, with graphical best moves showing by arrow sizes. There's a graph of evaluation(move #) on the bottom. Then if you are looking at a move, you can actually do a different move and a new evaluation of that position with arrow sizes automatically shows up. Right now in this Lucaschess you need to do a new evaluation for each variation. Rather useless and super clumsy.

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  27. For analysis of one's games, the approach of the program is horrible. The idea is to have the engine compute the best moves for each move and color the ones to review, and save all the computer computations in case the player wants to review it for blunders.

    Correct way: compute evaluation(move#), but don't save anything. When a player goes to a position, allow the board to be moved as desired, and keep the engine one with arrows showing best moves, with arrow size indicating how good the moves are. No need to save anything. Why is this better? Computer moves can be calculated quickly now, so it's better to recompute each situation in real time. Currently the program doesn't do what lichess does. See my other comments.

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    1. My idea is to increase the possibilities of kibitzers in the future to allow for example that movements can be made in the same windows of the kibitzers, which may improve the analysis.

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    2. Thanks for responding Lucas. Please direct me to the documentation about kibitzers. I went there in the program and don't understand it.

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    3. https://lucaschess.blogspot.com/search?q=kibitzers

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    4. Lucas there was no explanation in that of what kibitzers is, however I figured it out. The problem is same as I said before. Specifically, the analysis screen disappears if kibitzers is on. But, having three screens visible SIS NOT how you want to fix the problem. Let's review the problem: you can't see where a blunder is and move correctly to see why it's better than what was played. You can do an analysis. It will tell you where the blunders were. Only if you memorize them can you go to biblitzers and notice why a move is better or worse. You need to open a pgn of your last chess game. Then go to lichess.org/paste Then see how it is done there. You should see only one screen. The evaluation plot is visible while you do various moves away from what you played. You can turn on the arrows to top 3 best moves which will change as you experiment with the moves. That's a better way since you don't need to memorize anything. Delete kibitzers. It is bad. Only have one screen visible. Not two. Integrate kibitzers as an option on the main screen.

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    5. And that option should always be on so it should not be an option, except to disable realtime computer evaluation as one computer option of many like stockfish etc.

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    6. Kibitzers are useful to me, I use them a lot of. In the next version I will add more options, like to do moves on the kibitzer board. Kibitzers offers the possibility to know the evaluation of more than one engine.

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