ZBoard FEN setup options (and screen capture)

ZBoard download: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4CTS_ohHuAoUGJpNFQzUFRNRDQ Tk, and Tkinter, have a little used feature on windows which is actually very useful, i.e. the menu tear-off feature. It’s a carry-over from Unix, but is almost always turned off on Windows (and now often on Unix, looping back). But ZBoard’s offers a wide, wide, array of piece styles, square textures/colors, and…

Alternative FEN setups

Here’s just a couple of alternative systems used to setup FEN which I believe are worth mentioning, especially in comparison to ZBoard FEN setup:   Shredder online (e.g. endgame setup ) The ability to reposition a piece placed on the FEN board is noteworthy, although somewhat encumbered by the need to explicitly select a reposition mode.…

ZBoard screenshots

Someone on the Bistro asked about software for making chess diagrams. I hadn’t thought about adding screen captures to the programs I’ve been writing – assuming I could add it in afterwards. An assumption which was fortunately correct, and luckily was easy to implement. I followed the code suggestion here (I’ll have to research it…

ZBoard – FEN setup dialogue

Download:   ZBoard v0.1 (google drive)    (board flip problem fixed – good to go) I’m not sure if I want to release the source code (if only because it’s still only half-baked), but I’m happy to release the byte-complied module for any use that people might wish to use it for. It’s fairly compete, but…

Q-side vs. K-side Descriptive Notation (R2)

As mentioned before, not knowing which piece is which can led to confusion when trying to play a move like 28.QRxQ See  this comment noting such an error in an actual game: Blackburne – Golmayo (1891), Havana CUB, rd 3, Feb-18 (kibitz #4) and the explanation in kibitz#6 just below. Here’s a screenshot from Steinitz’s…

Q-side vs K-side Descriptive Notation

For those of us who have ventured into old chess magazines that use the now obsolete English Descriptive notation , nothing quite strikes fear into our hearts like the use of QB vs KB, or even more horrifying, the use of QN vs KN or the equally terrifying QR vs KR. This notation is far…

EDO rating graphs in SCID (hooray!)

You see it exactly as I saw it for the first time just a few moments ago: (Click to enlarge) I think Blackburne was a good first choice. This is a very simple idea, to graph Rod Edwards’ EDO historical ratings for players in Z-base. But one which involved some fairly involved hacking to do…