22243 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Backgammon, Yatzy, and more!
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
Looks like my search for chess software is over for now. ARENA 3.0 is all I really need right now and it was free! Awesome.
can you elaborate on this? I was looking into buying Chessbase AND either/or Hiarcs/Fritz and seeing what local liquor store I could hit right before closing so as to get the cash to fund the purchase. Instead I saw that Hiarchs has what looks like a product that integrates their engine with a db. I'm now supposing Fritz might too. I'm also wondering if they play well with like the downloads from chesspublishing.com and such. I'm raising a lot of questions that are off topic for this thread, but I'm hopefully hinting at ways you could tell us more about why you've found love at first sight with Arena 3.0.
Being a 700 - 800 rated beginner, I was just looking for a program to play against and a program that would analyze my games played over-the-board, etc.
All the questions you have, musicalhair, are far above my ability to answer at this time and I apologize for that.
@muscicalhair : all these GUI read .pgn so they can read chesspublishing stuff.
Arena's a good, general purpose program. The area where it shines is engine tournaments. (Hence the name Arena, get it?) It does a good job of letting you play against engines. Its game annotating ability is OK, but its database capabilities are very limited. If you like to heavily massage game databases, this ain't the program for you. Instead, try Scid vs. PC, or one of the commercial programs.
A couple of glitches I've noticed with Arena is that a small number of engines seem to sometimes lose games by time forfeit. Also, while Arena can play Chess960, it doesn't handle the castling notation perfectly. (It doesn't use or accept the Shredder FEN notation for castling.) This usually isn't a problem, but some other programs might balk at reading a Chess960 game played in Arena. And Arena can't read Chess960 games played on other programs using the Shredder FEN format.
thanks for the answers everyone!
"Spicy Chess! with GM Simon Williams"
Proof I'm not fake!!
by BlargDragon a few minutes ago
The biggest hurdle to chess improvement are books
by Ziryab 3 minutes ago
Mental Checklist for Tactics Trainer?
by 0110001101101000 7 minutes ago
SER.. White to move and mate in 3...
by mitsakos33 8 minutes ago
Experience Chess Teacher
by thegreat_patzer 9 minutes ago
is it really playing drunk a good option?
by BlargDragon 21 minutes ago
by DjonniDerevnja 24 minutes ago
Play the Clinton Gambit
by BlargDragon 25 minutes ago
Reproduction and Real Jaques of London Chess Set
by Melanoxylon 26 minutes ago
The Noj Dubrovniks, Which One Do You Like More?
by rcmacmillan 27 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2016 Chess.com
• Chess - English
Try the new Chess.com!
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!