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Old January 3rd 04, 06:32 PM
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hi , ok i posted this a few days ago , but noone answered , i really
need help with crafty 19.08

does anyone know if it works under winboard ?? and how to extract it
so you get a crafty.exe ?? someone talked about visual++ or so in
another post about crafty 19.06 , does that work and where can i find
that visual thing and how to make it work ??


i also have some other engines that don't seem to work with winboard
although they say they do : ktulu and phalanx , both the latest
versions , does anyone know how to put them in the ini file so they
work ?? i get an error every time that winboard can't find the engines
although the path is correct ??

well any help would be appreciated and does anyone know if there is a
winboard forum or so where you can post these kind of questions ??
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Old January 4th 04, 11:18 AM
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"kristof" wrote in message
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hi , ok i posted this a few days ago , but noone answered , i really
need help with crafty 19.08

does anyone know if it works under winboard ?? and how to extract it
so you get a crafty.exe ?? someone talked about visual++ or so in
another post about crafty 19.06 , does that work and where can i find
that visual thing and how to make it work ??


i also have some other engines that don't seem to work with winboard
although they say they do : ktulu and phalanx , both the latest
versions , does anyone know how to put them in the ini file so they
work ?? i get an error every time that winboard can't find the engines
although the path is correct ??

well any help would be appreciated and does anyone know if there is a
winboard forum or so where you can post these kind of questions ??


Hi Kristof,

OK, I'll take a shot at answering your questions.

Crafty does work under Winboard, and Xboard for Linux. There are a few
ways of running it, one by typing the command on a command line, batch file
(.bat), or installing the engine into the Winboard.ini file.

The general syntax for starting a session with Crafty.x under Winboard goes
something like this:

WinBoard /cp /fcp="crafty-1908.exe" /fd="C:\Program Files\Crafty"
/scp="gnuchess.exe" /sd="C:\Program Files\Crafty"

(This is from the Winboard.hlp file, which contains additional parameters
which are useful. It is in your Winboard directory, and would be a good
start for you)

This starts Winboard as a chess program ( /cp). The First Chess Program
/fcp is crafty-1908.exe, or whatever version you have built or downloaded.

The /fd parameter, specifies where the Crafty program is stored on your
drive, in this case c:\program files\crafty (with quotes).

The second lot refers to a second program, which you can then use to play
two engines off against each other. ie, /scp Second Chess Program, in this
case, Gnuchess.exe, and assumes Gnuchess is in c:\program files\crafty.

The easiest way, to get a ready built executable for Crafty is to navigate
your browser to Dan Corbitts FTP site @

ftp://cap.connx.com/pub/chess-engines/new-approach/

Grab crafty-1908.exe, and place it in your Crafty directory.

Build a simple crafty.rc file with notepad or wordpad, which may include
lines such as:

hash 48M (Create a 48Mb Hash Table)
cache 4M (Create a 4Mb Cache)
resign 9 (Resign at 9 pawns difference)
log off (turn off all crafty logs)
hashp 9M (Create a 9Mb Pawn hash table)
ponder on (Turn on Pondering, remove this for two engine games on the same
PC)
exit

(Of course, do not include the info above in brackets.)

Save the crafty.rc file into the same directory as the crafty-1909.exe file.

Next, obtain some opening books from Bob Hyatts site @

ftp://ftp.cis.uab.edu/pub/hyatt/common/

The files a book.bin, books.bin bookc.bin

The book.bin is quite large, about 12Mb, but not a problem if you are on
cable or ADSL, even modem really.

Save these files into your Crafty directory as well.

Now, at this stage, you should be able to run the command line I gave you
above to start Crafty under winboard. Or copy the commands into a
notepad/wordpad session, and save it as a batch file in the crafty
directory, such as cstart.bat, then to run it, run explorer and double click
on the batch file name.

Should you wish to take the compilation path, then you need to be sure you
are comfortable with using program compilers such as Visual C++ or Bloodshed
Dev-C++. Visual C++ is not free, and must be purchased, Bloodshed Dev-C++
is free, and earlier last month, a posting was made to this group outlining
what needs to be done to compile Crafty using this compiler. Here is the
URL:

http://www.xs4all.nl/~mlngveld/crafty/

I think if you follow these instructions, you should get a working
Winboard/Crafty combination. Just make sure your paths are correct in the
call to Winboard, and use the latest version (I think it's 4.2.7)

All the best

Simon

PS. There may be mistakes in this, typed in a hurry. So feel free to add
or change..

PPS. I have built Crafty with both compilers, and it works. Use google to
search for clues on how to compile crafty under windoze.


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Old January 4th 04, 11:49 AM
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Hi Kristof,

The Winboard startup line should read:


WinBoard /cp /fcp="crafty-1908.exe xboard" /fd="C:\Program Files\Crafty"
/scp="gnuchess.exe" /sd="C:\Program Files\Crafty"


That'll teach me to type in a hurry.

Simon


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