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I need a chess engine I can run to evaluate my games and improve my gameplay. I can't afford Houdini so what other options are there that are free with a high analysis strength?
Houdini 1.5 is excellent and free. You also need a GUI (graphic user interface). I've heard Stockfish is a great engine too. 2 popular GUI's are Arena and Scid v. PC. All can be downloaded from chess.com right here:
I use an older version of Fritz (cheap) loaded up with Houdin 1.5a and HIARCS ($50) so I can't say anything from personal experience about what's the best free stuff but try a "search forums" and you'll find lots of previous threads. Have fun!
Try Stockfish DD:
It's stronger then Houdini 3 and almost equall to Houdini 4.
Yes Stockfish DD can also utilize eight cores (4 physical 4 virtual). Beware since your mouse cursor will slow down if on at all cores so maybe 7 is best. I have a Haswell i7 so it's the best current and reasonably priced processor. It still doesn't find Staunton's objectively best Nh1!! unless I scroll past the move however.
Stockfish 5 is way better than Stockfish DD. Strongest engine of 2013.
Oh and for your GUI I suggest that you get Lucas chess, but it's buggy. Winboard's way too confusing.
So many posters at chess.com won't take yes for an answer.
dude, you don't need to be rich to have a chess engine
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