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My list and reasons
# 1--BabasChess as my first choice best interface for the Free Internet Chess Server (FICS).
#2-- Arena to play chess engines and Free Internet Chess Server (FICS).
#3--Dasher only to the pre program chess personallities (engines)
Opinions ... Everyone has one.
So here are mine.
Arena is really good for almost everything, but its file management system is a nightmare to figure out. I have lost many games to inadvertent overwrites, and the user has to figure out when to ignore "Save Game?" messages, and when not. Maddeningly confusing.
Babas Chess has a pretty GUI, but its file management is no better than Arena, from what my scant experience can tell. I just don't spend much time with it, as Arena does what I need and Babas doesn't solve the file management problem.
I own a copy of Fritz 8, and I hate it. No PGN support, or if it has it, it is deeply hidden. Turned me off of paying for chess software forever.
SCID - I have been using it for about a month, and I love it. Crude in places, but very powerful and the learning curve is not steep.
Lucas Chess is an excellent tool for playing handicapped computer opponents. I have not used its PGN reader function. The GUI is nice and it has a lot of different features for help in improving play.
Those using SCID should take a look at SCIDvsPC, which is a fork of SCID that is more actively developed and improved in several areas.
It's not close yet, but there is a really promising project called scidb that is not related to the SCID projects (except being inspired by them). It is gorgeous and supports SCID format databases *and chessbase format databses*
It is so far only previewed for linux, but a windows version is planned for the future. Here is a video I did quickly to show what it looks like. It was a bear to get installed, but I think some of that was my fault.
I don't know about Fritz 8 but Fritz 12/13 supports PGN and of course Chessbase formats. I would be surprised if all version do not. RTFM.
Scid vs Pc! A great database and analysis tool for free.
I don't know why everyone loves Tarrasch so much ..
what do you think of Kvekta ?
now houdini 3 is best.
I use Kvetka. Cute little programm runs both under Windows and under Linux with Wine. Not sure if it is BEST chess software, but I am OK with it.
I recommend ChessPad 2 for someone who has never used a chess DB and would like to start using one (or trying one out for starters). It's free, it's user-friendly, and I used it for yrs before upgrading to ChessBase so I can recommend it based on personal experience. http://www.wmlsoftware.com/chesspad.html
I've also checked out Arena and would recommend it to anyone who wants to start using chess engines with a free, user-friendly interface.
Here's some links for info and downloads for great free engines. BTW I've run the same engines in a 32 bit OS (XP) with a dual core CPU and in a 64 bit OS (W7) with a quadcore CPU, and they (32-bit engines only of course) work just fine in the older, "rinky dink" 32 bit OS even with a lousy 2 GB RAM, of course 4 GB is preferable
hi Everyone i wanna know how to download free houdini engine nd how to install it in arena please guide me
If you start a new thread for your problem, you might stand a better chance of getting help. It's not nice to hijack threads.
I like chess king
DroidChess for Android.
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