How to use a chess engine?

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #1


    I want to use houdini 1.5 engine for analyzing some things, but i don't know how to use it. I heard that i need to have some kind of a proggram to run it, like arena, but the site is not available for some reason.

    Is there any other proggram that i can use? How to install the engine on the proggram?

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #2


    I don't have the slightest clue but I thought I would bump this for you. There are so many silly threads that get attention, I feel like this one deserves at least some...

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #3


    Barely able to find the power switch, so no expert here, just an old patzer trying to help.  What you need in addition to the engine is a GUI, graphic user interface.  Arena is a good free one, so is SCID v. PC or so I've read.  You can download them from this site (last item under "more").

    I say why bother.  Fritz comes out with a new version every year or so and the old ones are available cheap.  I did a quick Amazon search and found Fritz 12 available for $10.  Yes Fritz is a pain to use but there's a steep learning curve for virtually any sophisticated program.  And yes Fritz 12 will run Houdini 1.5a; it's one of the many programs I've tried.  Good luck!

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #4


    you need chess monitor , I have Arena, it's pretty good one, you can load any chess engine using it like , DeepRybka . Fritz. STockfish .. etc, and you also can use it to play online and to analyze game of specific position . good luck .

  • 19 months ago · Quote · #5


    I used Arena a few years ago and switched to SCID, because it seemed like a leaner, more intuitive program. I upgraded SCID a few weeks ago and my computer locks up when running houdini now (and I don't have a shitty PC exactly, core i7 processor, 8 gb ram, not top of the line, but it can handle a chess engine). Im switching back to Arena.

  • 19 months ago · Quote · #6


    winboard is another good is also free.

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