Blog "Chess Engines Diary" - needs a new laptop for chess engine tests

♔ We use for testing only 2 old laptops:
1. Acer - Intel Core i3-3217U ( 5 years old)
2. Lenovo - Intel Core i7-4710MQ is over 3 years old (He works 24 hours a day)

♕♞ A modern laptop that will be designed only for chess engine tests costs (with software) about $ 1000-1200 (4200-4500 PLN). We will no longer invest private money, and chess engine testing costs are big. That is why we are starting the collection for the purchase of a laptop for testing.

♕ Our blog "Chess Engines Diary" is visited by around 2,000-3.000 users daily. If only everyone paid 1 dollar - we will pay the required amount in one day!


Friday, October 28, 2016

Scid vs PC - chess database application. New version 4.17

SCID - "Shane's Chess Information Database" is a huge chess toolkit with extensive database analysis and chess-playing features.

Scid vs. PC is a usability and bug-fix fork of Scid. It has extensive interface fixes and improvements, and is fully compatible with Scid's .si4 databases.
It's new features include a totally rewitten Gamelist, a Computer Tournament, and FICS, Tree and Book improvements.

New and Improved Features
  • Overhauled and customizable interface. 
  • Engine versus engine computer tournaments. 
  • Extra search features, including move, end-of-game, and stalemate/checkmate searches. 
  • Drag+Drop file opens for Windows and Linux. 
  • Rewritten Gamelist widget with convenient context menus and buttons, and integrated Database Switcher. 
  • Improved Computer Game and FICS features, including premove, and simultaneous observed games. 
  • Many chess engine improvements, including max-ply option, an unlimited number of engines running, and the function hot-keys can be explicitly set.. 
  • Tri-coloured Tree bar-graphs, and options for more or less statistics. 
  •  Ratings Graph can show multiple players, and Score graph is an attractive bar graph. 
  •  Improved Book windows, including book compare, and remove move features. 
  • Redone Button and Tool bars. 
  •  The Chessboard/Pieces config widget has been overhauled, and includes support for custom tilesand pieces. 
  • Clickable Tablebase moves. 
  • Recent Game and Player-info histories 
  • Bug tested Undo and Redo features. 
  • The Help index is meaningful to new users, with links to the game's main features. 
  • Clickable Variation Arrows, and Paste Variation feature. 
  • A user friendly Annotation feature, with search-to-depth feature. 
  • Better support for UTF and Latin character sets in PGN export/imports. 
  •  Improved and more powerful Tree Mask feature.

Scid vs PC 4.16.1 download

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