GUI for Big Chess


GUI for Big Chess?

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Ilmars Cirulis    (2023-06-03)
GUI for Big Chess?

The title.

Ilmars Cirulis    (2023-06-03 02:14:47)
GUI for Big Chess?

I tried the winboard for that purpose but Winboard has extremely weird/annoying way of adding variations to the game file.

Ilmars Cirulis    (2023-06-03 02:21:04)
GUI for Big Chess?

Also, Winboard is not going to accept Big Chess games copied from FICGS because it only knows stadard notation (for example, Nj4 etc.).

When I tried doing some analysis, I just copied FEN of Big Chess starting position (but FEN of some other position also works) and then I was free to move pieces around.

Yeturu Aahlad    (2023-06-03 02:28:23)
GUI for Big Chess?

Can you provide the complete file for the starting position?

Ilmars Cirulis    (2023-06-03 02:36:50)
GUI for Big Chess?

1) File... -> New Variant
here I choose "standard" and specify "Board size" 16 ranks and 16 files.

2) The FEN for Big Chess starting position is rnb1rbnqknbr1bnr/pppppppnnppppppp/7pp7/16/16/16/16/16/16/16/16/16/16/7PP7/PPPPPPPNNPPPPPPP/RNB1RBNQKNBR1BNR w - - 0 1 (if I haven't made any mistake) - copy it into clipboard

3) Edit -> Paste Position From Clipboard
(or Ctrl+Shift+V)

Ilmars Cirulis    (2023-06-03 02:37:55)
GUI for Big Chess?

And now you can move pieces around. But don't ask me about making variations, because Winboard's idea of that is awful. :(

Yeturu Aahlad    (2023-06-03 21:23:49)
GUI for Big Chess?

Ilmars, which version of winboard are you using? In 4.8.0, "standard" is "normal". With that, I have reproduced your instructions - Thanks!

File->save game and save position are useful, but the saved files can't just be reopened with a double-click. The board size is not represented in the files. Repeating Ilmars' first step, then file->load game or load position works.

Ilmars Cirulis    (2023-06-04 00:14:46)
GUI for Big Chess?

I have the same version. It shows "normal", yes, and i wrote "standard" because of some brain fart, probably.

Ilmars Cirulis    (2023-06-18 18:59:07)
GUI for Big Chess?

One idea: maybe it is possible to automatically generate FEN for Big Chess game's current position?

It's would make analyzing ongoing games much easier. What do you think?

Thibault de Vassal    (2023-07-05 03:11:05)
GUI for Big Chess?

I guess it must be possible... Actually this may be a good idea for regular chess games as well.

Ilmars Cirulis    (2023-07-05 22:51:32)
GUI for Big Chess?

Thank you!