A powerful chess playing and
|How to let the
computer make move?
White or Computer Black button at
the right side of the toolbar, then the
computer will make move for White or
the computer makes out a move, it will be
in thinking with the Stop / Move Now button (looks
like a red light) lightened.
time will be taken by the computer if you
increase the level.
can click Stop / Move
Now to let the computer
move immediately if you have no patience
to wait for thinking.
starting a new game, the computer will
choose white or black according to Computer's Role choice in Preferences dialog.
board will be rotated automatically for
you when the computer chooses white.
you do not like to rotate the board
automatically, you can remove Auto Rotate check box
in Preferences dialog.
can press down Show Analysis button to
show the computer's thinking details,
including Depth, Score and Principal Variation.
the right several buttons are disabled (in
gray), which means the engine is not
loaded, you can click Load Engine in Computer menu, then
choose STOCKFISH.EXE in Chess Wizard
folder to load the default engine.
|How to change the
level of computer?
Level button in
the toolbar, then you can choose the
recommended levels (from Peabrain to Overwhelming), or
Control or Limited Depth mode.
- Time Control mode is
usually used to practise a real official
game, where Chess Wizard will time for
both human and computer. The human side
can continue to move after time over,
which is different from the official game.
- Overwhelming is
equivalent to a limited depth with 24
plies, while Peabrain is only
equivalent to 2 plies. If Peabrain is still
too difficult to you, you can choose Limited Depth with just
|What does 'Score'
stand for in Show Analysis window?
score is generally estimated by the
material balance from the computer's
point of view in centipawns, which means
a positive value for the computer's
advantage and a negative value for
disadvantage. For example, +100 means the
computer makes a pawn's advantage than
value near 10000 means a checkmate
detected. For example, +9998 means the
computer is to win in 2 moves, while -9998
means human can win in 2 moves.
|What is 'Ponder'?
playing with computer, you can check Ponder in Computer menu, then
the computer will think in your turn,
which can save the computer's time and
slightly strengthen the level.
you always like to turn on ponder, you
can check Ponder Next box in Preferences dialog.
Then the Ponder menu will
automatically checked once starting a new
is the ponder approach for the computer:
the computer makes a move, it will guess
a move for you and think the response to
the guessed move in your turn. If you
really makes the guessed move, called 'Ponder
Hit', the computer then saves time.
Otherwise, the computer must think again,
just like no ponder happens.
guessed move is displayed in brackets in Show Analysis window and
in the status bar.
- Ponder is
unavailable when both Computer White and Computer Black are
|How to analyze a position in
Analysis button without
White or Computer Black pressed
down, then the computer will think for
the current position and pop up thinking
can also press Analyse in New
Window button to open a
new Chess Wizard window, and get the
thinking details for positions in
|How to obtain other
Wizard uses Stockfish as its default
engine. More engines can be found here.
must click Load Engine in Computer menu to
load a downloaded engine. Chess Wizard
will automatically load that engine when
started next time. (But slave engine will
not be loaded automatically.)
|How to let two
different engines play against each other?
can click Load Slave button in Engine Settings dialog to
load another engine, called 'Slave Engine'.
two engines will play against each other
when both Computer
White and Computer Black pressed
down. White or black depends on whether Slave White box is
checked in Engine
|How to design an
a chess engine with strong AI looks like
an arduous task. If you are interested in
it, you can find resources from Chess Programming
|How to debug an
engine in Chess Wizard?
- If Log File box is
checked in Engine
Settings dialog, the
communication between Chess Wizard and
engine will be written in log file in
can click View button to
open the log file in your browser, and
refresh the browser to get the latest
the HTML log file, requests (commands
that Chess Wizard sends to the engine)
are displayed in red and responses (information
that Chess Wizard receives from the
engine) are in blue. When a slave engine
loaded, requests to the
slave are displayed in magenta and responses from the
slave are in teal.
can find Send button in Engine Settings dialog to
send UCI requests to the engine directly,
and responses are listed below.
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