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- - By Eran Karu (*) Date 2008-08-26 00:13 Edited 2008-08-26 01:05
Hello everyone,

I have created and am proud to present you beautiful pictures of chess pieces called "Free Staunton" in scalable vector graphics format; they are for Rybka 3 Aquarium. Also, 3 nice bitmap pictures of green and white colored chess board made of vinyl commonly used in tournaments are available.

Please see a screenshot below.

License: Free

Please click, then click the attached file "" at the bottom of the site.

Enjoy ;-)

Eran Karu
Parent - By Banned for Life (Gold) Date 2008-08-26 00:27
Very nice and the imitation vinyl is something that Andy Warhol would be proud of!

Parent - - By Sandalls (**) Date 2008-08-26 01:05
Very nicely-designed pieces!  Board is also nice. 

As for uploading them - you already know how.  It is same procedure you used to upload the pictures except instead of using the "img" button, you use the "url" button.  Post it, then go back in and 'edit' the message via the ATTACH function - just like the picture.  When you edit the message and upload the zip, just copy the resulting url to the zip file (including .zip name) and paste it in between the url brackets of your message.  
Parent - By Sandalls (**) Date 2008-08-26 01:08 Edited 2008-08-26 01:15
Sorry - see you found another way to do this.  Got the zip file via link just fine. They work great. Thank you very much.
Parent - By buffos (Silver) Date 2008-08-26 04:42
Very very very nice indeed.
Parent - By ubersoldat1952 (*) Date 2008-08-26 04:54
saludos desde mexico:

very, very nice , thanks!!
Parent - - By Dadi Jonsson (Silver) Date 2008-08-26 07:48
Thanks. Which tools did you use to create the pieces?

Sandalls also posted several board themes recently.

It looks like we will have quite a collection of themes if users keep posting them at this rate :)
Parent - By Eran Karu (*) Date 2008-08-26 08:53
I use inkscape.

Eran Karu
Parent - - By Zruty (*****) Date 2008-08-26 09:05
I could upload your board theme to Chess Resources server so thay can be installed automatically in Aquarium using Downloader. If you don't mind, that is.

The resource will be something like /Aquarium/User Art/Pieces/Eran Karu/Free Staunton

The same also applies to Sandalls' board themes.
Parent - - By Eran Karu (*) Date 2008-08-26 09:13
Hi Zruty,

Thank you for your interest in Free Staunton. :-)

Yes, you can upload my board and chess pieces themes to Chess Resources server now. No problem. Go ahead and do it; I am happy! ;-)

Thanks again,
Eran Karu
Parent - By Zruty (*****) Date 2008-08-26 09:21
OK, when I have time :) I'll report here.
Parent - By buffos (Silver) Date 2008-08-27 12:09
The Free Staunton pieces are not just good. They are extremely eye pleasing (at least to my eyes).
I like very much the simple line - cartoonish concept a lot
Parent - - By Sandalls (**) Date 2008-08-26 15:36
My simple board themes (color patches) are for any Aquarium users who want them.  :-)
Parent - By Zruty (*****) Date 2008-08-26 16:06
Oops, it's already 20:00 here and I didn't have time for it today. Well, tomorrow I'll do it :)
Parent - By BenVanVlierden (***) Date 2008-08-26 19:25
Very pretty indeed! Great job!
Parent - - By Zruty (*****) Date 2008-08-27 12:01
These pieces and board, and also Sandalls' board themes are avaliable via Downloader at /Aquarium/User Art .

Installation instructions:
Download, Install.

Parent - By Zruty (*****) Date 2008-08-27 12:02
If you want your own pieces / board themes to be accessible there, express your wish and it will come true :)

-- Zruty the Good Wizard :)
Parent - - By Eran Karu (*) Date 2008-08-27 13:58
Hi chess lovers,

Humbly thank all of you for your wonderful compliments.

I worked very hard by creating fine chess piece pics in Inkscape, an open source vector graphics editor. It was a painstaking job and it made me very exhausted and I slept more than 20 hours!!

I repetitively drew the outline of chess pieces so that they looked as close as to Staunton chess piece shapes like ones played in real tournaments. In addition, I carefully pick up right colors for the chess pieces and the board. That means, the colors of the chess pieces and the board must be different but in good harmony pleasing to the eyes. Also, this helps the chess pieces to look salient and thus it likely makes a chess player to overlook less in games.

Take care,
Eran Karu
Parent - - By Sandalls (**) Date 2008-08-27 16:37
Inspired by your work, I downloaded inkscape and looked at your pieces in it.  Then I tried learning inkscape.  After a few hours, and acquiring some basic appreciation for the program's features, I can much better appreciate how painstaking your effort was. It had to be a LOT of work. This is something I am unlikely ever to have the patience and skill to do.  You did a fantastic job, not only in inkscaping the pieces, but with the design job itself. 

Your comments about piece-design are right-on.  Not all piece sets are well-designed.  The contrast of the pieces against the board have to make them stand out, and their design must be so you can tell them apart using peripheral vision (you can tell a pawn from a bishop or a king from a queen without looking directly at it).  Pieces shouldn't be 'too busy' looking (not always the case).  Black and white pieces must be clearly distinguishable (some of the more decorative designs make this difficult, such as lots of brickwork in rooks).   

In short, your pieces, in particular are well thought-out and superbly engineered.  They are a very nice addition to Aquarium.  And your board design was really nice too.  They go well together.

Hopefully at some point in time you will be rested and eventually, in the middle of some night, become blindingly struck with the overwhelming desire to design another Aquarium meisterwerk piece set! 

Best regards.
Parent - - By Dadi Jonsson (Silver) Date 2008-08-27 17:08
The attached document describes how I converted the Merida piece set to SVG. There are many other free fonts available (see links in the document). If anyone is interested in adding new piece sets to Aquarium it shouldn't be too hard using these instructions.
Parent - By Sandalls (**) Date 2008-08-27 22:21
Thanks very much for the fine PDF instructions.  I'm sure they will help a great deal (I might actually try this someday, sometime :-) ).  Regards.
Parent - - By Eran Karu (*) Date 2008-08-27 17:27
Glad to hear that you are enthusiastic to learn how to use inkscape and study my pieces as well. It is fun! ;-)  Inkscape is powerful but it takes time to learn.

The size of each picture of one square for each chess piece is 353.63 X 353.63 pixels. Using File|Document Properties... menu, define 80 x 80 grids on each square. Just divide 353.63 by 80 equals 4.4204 pixels for both of Spacing X and Y each. In addition, drag 2 vertical and 2 horizontal guides from the ruler bars as follows below.

Left vertical guide = 30.943 pixels from left edge of square
Right vertical guide = 322.689 pixels
Top horizontal guide = 322.689 pixels from bottom edge of square
Bottom horizontal guide = 30.943 pixels
(At the bottom left corner of the picture is X = 0 and Y = 0)

That would look like four margins around the square. This enable you to draw a piece shape not further than the margin. Make sure you enable "snap" both to grids and guides.

When I draw pieces I mostly use Path. When working with Path, it is like you manage with elastic ropes on surface. It takes time to learn how to use Path. I fill up colors in pieces by managing with Object|Fill and Stroke... menu.

Now, as to picture of chess board, you need 3 items: white.bmp, black.bmp and panel.bmp. They are bitmap and not scalable vectore graphics. I googled any colored vinyl in any commercial sites. Then after downloaded some, I modified color, etc of each bitmap pictures to make the best one of it by using IrfanView.

Lastly, inkscape is somewhat buggy. Each time I saved a document, inkscape crashed. So, it is better to save a new document in the beginning to avoid future crashes. Also, if you are gentle to inkscape, inkscape less likely would crash. LOL

Have fun.

Eran Karu
Parent - By Sandalls (**) Date 2008-08-27 22:37
Thanks for all the useful details.  I think you have great patience and tenacity.  I may give this a try sometime just to see if I can do it, but I will not be holding my breath.  Thanks for taking the time.  Regards!
Parent - - By ozziejoe (**) Date 2008-08-27 22:28 Edited 2008-08-27 23:10
these are nice. thanks Eran,

and now a decent 3-d set? (of course, i understand that aquairium needs to be designed to handle 3-d, before you can design a set)

Parent - By Eran Karu (*) Date 2008-08-28 08:48
Okay, but 3-d set is not popular for serious chess players.

Eran Karu
Parent - - By ozziejoe (**) Date 2008-08-27 22:34
eran, I like your theme colour with the stanuntan, but i can't quite replicate it on my computer. What theme are you using?

Parent - - By Eran Karu (*) Date 2008-08-28 08:46
Of course, I use my own themes, Free Staunton and Tournament, in Rybka 3 Aquarium, for they are my favorite ones.

Why can you not replicate it on your computer? Is your screen's resolution low?

Take care,
Eran Karu
Parent - - By Zruty (*****) Date 2008-08-28 10:17
By the way, the Free Stauntone pieces were downloaded via downloader 34 times already.

And some of our programmers decided to switch to it, too :) Nice work!
Parent - By Eran Karu (*) Date 2008-08-28 10:41
Wow! That's amazing! That makes me feel great! LOL :-) :-) :-)

Eran Karu
Parent - By Wheelman Date 2020-09-04 05:57
If anybody wants this set with the board and you can't figure out how to get it, reply to me, or send me a message.
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