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Software chess board to follow along with books


  • 3 years ago · Quote · #1

    ysiadf

    Hi, I'm looking for a software chess board I can use to follow games in chess books and work on tactics problems.

    I've looked at pychess and arena chess.

    Pychess looks good, but I don't see a way to enter an arbitrary board position - only pgn, which would require figuring out how to get all the pieces to the position I want to practice (kind of a distraction).

    Arena chess looks fine, but I don't see a way to put it in a player vs player mode so I can enter moves for both sides.

    What do you use?

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #2

    philidor_position

    Try ChessDB and SCID. Also, I'm pretty sure Arena has that feature, you need to look around more.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #3

    uri65

    ysiadf wrote:

    Hi, I'm looking for a software chess board I can use to follow games in chess books and work on tactics problems.

    I've looked at pychess and arena chess.

    Pychess looks good, but I don't see a way to enter an arbitrary board position - only pgn, which would require figuring out how to get all the pieces to the position I want to practice (kind of a distraction).

    Arena chess looks fine, but I don't see a way to put it in a player vs player mode so I can enter moves for both sides.

    What do you use?


    In Arena just press the Edit button and then you can enter moves for both sides. I  have been using Arena for years and won't change for anything else. It has few bugs but you learn the ways around them. Please don't hesitate if you have more questions.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #4

    stwils

    Try Smart chess
  • 3 years ago · Quote · #5

    stwils

    It's a new app for iPad and, I think, iPhone.

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