Monday, April 14, 2014

Fruit Reloaded avaiable for Android

The chess engine Fruit reloaded (an fork of Fruit by Fabien Letouzey, Daniel Mehrmann, and Ryan Benitez) now also includes Android builds. I have just tested this in Chess for Android, and it works great. Nice to see a still increasing popularity of Android as chess platform!

Monday, December 23, 2013

USB Chessboards

Bryan Whitby features a nice USB Chess Board website with a lot of information and links on USB chess boards. On this site, you can find details on hardware and software for connecting a chess board to a tablet or computer. A must read for anyone who enjoys playing computers but prefers playing on a real board.

I, obviously, especially liked the video of Frank Walls Android USB board that features Chess for Android. I have embedded the video below.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Chess OCR

Gerhard Roth wrote various very interesting chess OCR applications that enable you to scan chess positions from books and open these directly in your favorite chess application for further analysis. Much faster than manually entering these positions through a position setup editor.

The application supports the Android sharing mechanism I blogged about a while back. For example, as illustrated below, first open a chess book at an interesting position, then invoke Gerhard's OCR application to scan the position, and finally select sharing to open, for instance, Chess for Android for further analysis with your favorite UCI or XBoard engine.

Chess for Android version 4.5 also introduced a fast way to invoke Gerhard's application. Long press the notation window, and the select Retrieve Position. This will bring you back in the OCR application again (or give you a choice if several such applications exist) to scan the next position. Great job Gerhard writing this nice Android application!