Scid – manage databases with millions of chess games

Shane’s Chess Information Database (SCID) is a chess database application with a graphical user interface. It can also be used for playing on internet chess servers, or playing against a chess program.

With Scid you can maintain a database of chess games, search games by many criteria, view graphical trends, and produce printable reports on players and openings. Scidlet or any other WinBoard-compatible chess engine, and even use Scid to study endings with endgame tablebases.

There are three main programs that make up Scid:

  • scid is the main application, with a graphical user interface.
  • scidlet is a chess engine which can be used in Scid to analyze chess positions.
  • pgnscid is a command-line (console) program that converts PGN files into scid format.

Scid supports portable game notation and its own compact and fast Scid database format. It can be used with chess engines such as Crafty and GNU chess, and with UCI such as Toga II, Fruit, Rybka and Shredder to play chess against or to analyse games. Scid can use up to five piece endgame tablebases. Photographs of players may be stored in the database, so they are shown when a game is played.

Features include:

  • Scid analysis window provides a way to have a chess engine such as Crafty analyse the current position, automatically restarting the analysis whenever the position changes.
  • Search games by exact position, material, player names, and many other criteria.
  • Export games in PGN, HTML, or LaTeX formats.
  • Save opening reports in HTML, LaTeX, or plain text format.
  • Built-in chess program called Scidlet.
  • UCI and xboard engines are supported.
  • Play by correspondence.
  • View graphical trends.
  • Piece tracker.
  • Tournament finder.
  • ECO browser.
  • Repertoire editor.
  • Crosstable.
  • Study Variations.
  • Docked windows.
  • Produce printable reports on players and openings.
  • Multi-language support.

Website: scid.sourceforge.net
Support: Documentation
Developer: Shane Hudson
License: GNU GPL

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