Can we have a variation board in Winboard?

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Can we have a variation board in Winboard?

Postby DrummerBoy25 » 01 Jun 2014, 19:53

Hello, I figure that this will be a long shot, but why should I not try? In both Fritz GUI and in TCEC Unofficial World Computer Chess Championship the spectators are always able to see a chess engines' PV on a small board. Winboard has a great engine output function /window; nevertheless, would it be possible to code a variation board into Winboard? This way a viewer can see both actual gameplay and the engines' PV simultaneously. Of course PV notation is great too. However, seeing an engines' PV displayed on a small variation board would help the user to better see its plans, ideas and "thoughts".

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Re: Can we have a variation board in Winboard?

Postby H.G.Muller » 02 Jun 2014, 14:20

WinBoard already uses the main board as variation board, to display the engine PVs. This gives an economy of space that I rather like. Otherwise you would need three boards when playing engines against each other. And looking at the PV usually requires some interaction with the computer anyway; displaying only the final position of the PV is not very satisfactory, as it is usually non-sensical. So you would want to walk along the PV in a controlled way.
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