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- - By ssace (**) Date 2009-10-31 01:18
Anyone using Deep Rypka 3 in Arena GUI.  I am mostly looking for some comments on pros & cons of using the Arena gui.  It looks pretty robust from
what I've read.  I'm running Windows 7 64 bit.  Any info will help.  thx.
Parent - By Trahald (**) Date 2009-10-31 04:38
Arena is an outstanding GUI IMO. What I like about it is it's native support for both of the main protocols, although other interfaces can handle both WB and UCI engines as well, many support one of them via an adapter or can only support one or the other. Also Arena is the most configurable interface I have seen, which I love.

I have 3 complaints about it.
1. Support for Chess960 is broken.
2. Options are scattered all over the place. I would hardly call it intuitive.
3. Lack of regular updates. I'm not sure when the last version came out, but it was a while ago now. When will the next version be? Your guess is as good as mine.

To be fair though the last 2 are only minor issues, and probably to be expected from a free program, which is probably nothing more than a hobby for it's programmer.

I do not use Arena much, but that is because I am primarily interested in Chess960. If that is not important to you then I would highly recommend it.

Although as always it really depends on what you want out of an interface. My interests are in engine matches and Chess960 as I have already mentioned. If you are looking to improve your chess through tutorials then probably Chessmaster or maybe Fritz would be better. For analysing your games Arena is probably OK but perhaps not as good as Aquarium or Fritz.
Parent - - By Felix Kling (Gold) Date 2009-10-31 07:21
It depends on what you want to do. Arena is excellent for computer - computer matches and offers basic fuctionality. But if you want to analyse or use databases regulary, you need a different GUI like Aquarium (you can get a demo: ) or Fritz (that comes with Rybka distributed by chessbase e.g.).
Parent - - By Uly (Gold) Date 2009-10-31 14:56
Or Shredder Classic, best user-friendly GUI out there if you're not interested in advanced features.
Parent - - By Felix Kling (Gold) Date 2009-10-31 15:01
Or Tarrasch, extremely easy to use :)
Parent - By brunjes (**) Date 2009-10-31 15:21
Parent - - By Permanent Brain (*****) Date 2009-10-31 16:02
But Shredder Classic has advanced features (just to avoid a misunderstanding :lol: ).
Parent - - By Felix Kling (Gold) Date 2009-10-31 16:03
Just not that many :)
Parent - By Permanent Brain (*****) Date 2009-10-31 16:09 Edited 2009-10-31 16:13
Shredder Classic feature list

(after about 5 attempts to make the URL appear like this :roll: )
Parent - By Uly (Gold) Date 2009-10-31 17:55
Shredder Classic mainly lacks:

A DPA/IDEA like mode. This can be replaced by similar user interaction that can be done better by a human anyway, the main advantage of such methods is that the engine can be left analyzing overnight and have output in the morning that is way more useful that IA output.

Database handling. For people crazy for games.

So, if you start looking from the other side SC doesn't seem that bad :)
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