Chess notes

From raju

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xboard command to analyze a chess game

rajulocal@hogwarts:~$ cd ~/chess; rm game.00* log.00* -f; xboard -fcp crafty -initialMode Analysis -lgf `ls -rt | tail -n1`

rajulocal@hogwarts:~/chess$ xboard --version
xboard version 4.7.3

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To login into FICS using xboard

Create a ~/.icsrc file with first two lines being username and password. Set the permissions so others won't be able to take a peak at your credentials.

$ chmod 600 .icsrc

Having this file automates the login process. Otherwise, you will have to enter the username and password manually everytime.

$ rlwrap xboard -ics -icshost freechess.org

rlwrap is used to get the command line history when working on the FICS. You can also use the ICS Input Box (under the view menu of xboard).

Ref:-

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FICS and xboard

To play a game

getgame f

To check if you are watching any games

getgame ?

To remove all your ads

unseek

Ref:-

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Sample ~/.icsrc file

rajulocal@hogwarts ~ % cat -n ~/.icsrc | tail -n +3
     3
     4  # default formula
     5  # set formula (blitz || standard) && !abuser
     6
     7  set f1 (blitz) && (!abuser && !computer && registered) && (rated)  # type of game and opponent
     8  set f2 (ratingdiff < 200) && (ratingdiff > -200)                   # opponent rating
     9  set f3 (rating < 1400)                                             # opponent rating
    10  set f4 (time == 10 && inc == 0)                                    # time and increment
    11
    12  set formula f1 && f3 && f4
    13
    14  # to automatically store the game in pgn format and have it emailed
    15  set pgn 1
    16  set automail 1
    17
    18  # turn off any sounds
    19  set bell 0
    20
    21  set notakeback 1

The first two lines contain username, password to login into FICS. So I am not showing them.

rajulocal@hogwarts ~ % ls -al ~/.icsrc; md5sum ~/.icsrc
-rwx------ 1 rajulocal rajulocal 608 Nov  8  2015 /home/rajulocal/.icsrc*
3c7cbd28e945b0f6c6ee7dd08a46e0fe  /home/rajulocal/.icsrc

rajulocal@hogwarts:~$ xboard --version
xboard version 4.8.0

  configure options: prefix=/usr; datarootdir=/usr/share; datadir=/usr/share; gamedatadir=/usr/share/games/xboard; 
 desktopdir=/usr/share/applications; mimedir=/usr/share/mime/packages; iconsdir=/usr/share/icons/hicolor/48x48/apps;
 svgiconsdir=/usr/share/icons/hicolor/scalable/apps; infodir=/usr/share/info; sysconfigdir=; update_mimedb=yes;
 NLS=yes; GKT=no; Xaw3d=no; Xaw=yes; ptys=pipes; zippy=yes; sigint=yes

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Read about "Fishing Pole" opening, Budapest Defense.