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Tarrasch V2 Beta Available Now

August 18, 2011

The Tarrasch V2 public Beta is available for immediate download;

click here

It’s been a long stressful day. Releasing software is nerve wracking – the tradeoff is always  between the allure of making more improvements and the safety of not changing too much. I hope I got the balance right today. If not no doubt there will be a new Beta version sooner than I’d like! Please download this and give it a try. Compared to the Alpha version I am hoping for much better stability, and a few decent functionality enhancements as well. I will update http://www.triplehappy.com with a Beta release announcement later.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Chad Bam permalink
    August 19, 2011 1:46 am

    We’re here, and waiting🙂

    • August 19, 2011 11:50 pm

      Just to explain this comment, this post used to say “Tarrasch V2 Beta coming in a few hours..”, Chad left the comment, and later I renamed and rewrote the post.

  2. Chad permalink
    August 19, 2011 7:57 pm

    So far, it looks and seems to work great! Thanks! Couple questions (not sure if I’m missing it):
    1. Is there a way to see the opening name and ECO when playing a game? Or can that be a future add at some point. So just below the board, it automatically tells the opening name and the eco code.
    2. Is there any way to paste a PGN game into Tarrasch? (Right now I think I have to save the pgn to my hard drive, then open it form Tarrasch.

    That’s all for now, please keep up the great work! 🙂

    Chad

    • August 20, 2011 12:02 am

      Thanks Chad.
      1) No I am afraid that Tarrasch’s support for the ECO field in the .pgn header is limited. It will let you put a code in there, but it doesn’t have any smarts to generate the code itself. This is one of the holes I haven’t got around to filling in. I have thought about it; Basically I need a list of characteristic positions for each ECO code. If anyone who sees this is willing to create this for me I’d be grateful! I imagine the algorithm would be simple enough, just look through a game and match positions to the list. If a multiple positions match, then a position that matches latest in the game trumps earlier matches. For example a Symmetrical English will often transpose later to a Maroczy Accelerated Dragon, and in that case I imagine you’d use the Maroczy designation rather than the English one. Hmmmm maybe you’d need more than one position for each ECO code…
      2) Well you can paste the game text into the game score window, at which point it has the status of a comment. Then Edit->Promote Comment to Variation. For an example of this principle, start Tarrasch and then start typing text as follows; “1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5”. That gives you a comment. Promote it to a variation and it changes to moves you can step through.

  3. August 20, 2011 2:53 pm

    awesome … can’t wait to try this out … it’s gonna be a good weekend🙂 thanks for all your hard work on this fine chess prog🙂

  4. Running on Ubuntu with WINE, It works! permalink
    August 24, 2011 10:49 pm

    It works perfectly on Ubuntu and with WINE. I have only 1 question, are you going to release the source code for this version? I would really appreciate it!

    • Lloyd permalink
      August 27, 2011 3:59 am

      I installed on Debian Linux via WINE, and I can confirm it runs great!

      • August 28, 2011 10:56 pm

        Thanks Lloyd. If you get an opportunity, please provide some installation instructions so I can provide them to others who ask (I’ve also asked the OP). Cheers, Bill.

    • August 28, 2011 10:54 pm

      Thank you Mr RoUwWiw! Sorry to have taken so long to reply, I hope you see this. Yes, I will release the source code of this version, shortly after I release V2 (i.e. pretty darn soon I hope). If you could be so kind, please provide some instructions for running Tarrasch under Ubuntu, so I can make them available to other people.

      • Lloyd permalink
        August 28, 2011 11:28 pm

        Here are instructions to install and run Tarrasch with WINE in Debian 6, aka “Squeeze”. I think it is pretty much the same for Debian derivatives such as Ubuntu.

        First make sure WINE is installed. Do that with your favorite package manager program. (I use Synaptic).

        Then download the Tarrasch setup executable. In the Linux file manager of your choice, you can try just double-clicking the setup file. That will probably cause it to be opened with WINE, which will start the installation.

        If that doesn’t work it means that .exe extension files are not associated with WINE in your file manager. In that case, you will have to right-click the setup file and choose “Open With…” and then either choose Wine from the list of applications, or browse to it (/usr/bin/wine).

        If you let the Tarrasch installer place the files in their default locations, after installation you will find Tarrasch at “~/drive_c/Program Files”. Linux users should know that ‘~’ stands for your “home directory.”

        Once you get your file manager to associate the “.exe” extension with WINE, you can double-click Tarrasch.exe to run the program from your file manager.

        If you make a menu entry or a desktop shortcut, you will specify the command to execute as ‘wine “/home/lloyd/drive_c/Program Files/Tarrasch.exe”‘. Replace ‘lloyd’ with your username. Quotes around the pathname will be necessary due to the embedded space in the pathname.

      • August 29, 2011 12:05 am

        (WordPress isn’t letting me reply to Lloyd properly, so I’ll do it here). Thanks Lloyd, that’s awesome, exactly what was needed. When I release V2 I plan to revamp triplehappy.com and I will definitely put this into an updated “FAQ” section.

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