WinChloe is a software devoted to the chess problems written, by Christian Poisson. The program supports fairy pieces, conditions, shows themes, has a large database of more than 400 thousands problems which is permanently updated. It is really very powerful! Also, I’d like to add a comment that Mr. Poisson replies to the emails very promptly! The interface is in French or in English.
- support of fairy stipulations
- support of fairy pieces
- support of fairy conditions and combinations of them
- searches and shows themes
- has graphical interface
- has a database of more than 400 thousands problems
- has options for filtering problems and adding queries
- has diagram images in graphics and RTF(for publishing)
|Problems, the users might experience:
- not very friedly user interface (without a good help)
- at one time can be used on one computer only (unless you buy the 2nd,…etc license to use it simultaneously)
- in case of a crash of the program or your Windows, the program in some cases currupts the database currently opened (do make backups often!!)
How WinChloe looks?
WinChloe has an interface in 2 languages: English or French. I’ll write about the English version. The program has 4 main screens (or parts):
- Diagram and solution
и верхнее меню: File, Edition, Filters & Queries, Problems, Auxiliary Tables, Solution, Solving, ?.
1. Diagram and solution
Here you can see the ready problem:
- – the diagram
- – the author, source, stipulation, twins, condition, fairy pieces
- – the solution
- – the themes found by the program
- – and some settings on the right part
The SOLVE button at the right part is for solving. The program write the solution in the central part of this screen, and the themes found – at the bottom part. You can leave the solution like it was written by the program or edit it. The solution can be saved after editing, so you see it when you open the problem again. Whatever you write in the central part – in the solution part – can be saved. Originally, the solution will be written in the French notation, but you can use the Up menu Solution->Translation to translate it into English, FEN, or some other notations.
This is the informative screen for the problem. You can see the diagram on the left part, and the fields to be filled in – at the central part.
The most of the fields are optional, however you might like to fill in the Author name to see it under the diagram or the Tourney etc.
You should enter values for the fields: Stipulation, number of moves, Twins (if you have them), and also Conditions & Fairy pieces (if you have them).
Almost all these fields have a lists of values to choose from.
You should save your Infos before switching to the Diagram screen for solving your problem.
This is the screen for composing or editing your problem. The diagram is empty in the case if you create a new problem or it can have some position if it was created before. You can use all the pieces you see in the 3 boxes to put on the diagram.
Don’t forget to Save the position before you switch to another screen!
For the fairy pieces you can use any figures you like, but than you’ll have to assign the name of the fairy piece to each fairy figure on your board using the Infos screen – Fairy pieces field.
This is a list of problems you currently have in the opened database. You can choose any of the problems from the list, and after that switch to some other screen – then you’ll see that problem on the screen – either Chessboard, or Infos, or Diagram & Solution. On the example picture is shown the list of all the problems in the Echecs DataBase – the database, which goes together with WinChloe, and which is updated all the time. You can see the last number of the lines – 422418 – this is a number of problems in the Echecs database as of Apr-2012.
It is suggested to have your own database (or many of them) for composing your problems. But Echecs database – for making queries – for the searches of some specific problems.
You can buy WinChloe directly from its author Christian Poisson. Actually, what you get is registration name, which you can use to start the program, and the link to use for downloading the program.
So, you have to buy the registration name, to download the program, and to install it (by default it will be installed in C:\Program Files\WinChloe).
After installation you’ll have a WinChloe icon at your Desktop and in the Start menu.
When the first time started, the program will ask you for a Registration name:
In the first line – “User name” – you have to enter the Registration name you’ve gotten from Mr.Poisson.
After verification of your registration name (Internet access in needed at this time!!), the program will be started. The first thing you’ll be asked to do is to either create a new database (where you’ll keep your problems) or to open an existing one. Right after installation the only database you have is Echecs database which goes together with the program and is permanently updated.
It is not recommended to compose your problems in the Echecs database. Use this database for searching of published problems by the given theme, author, scheme etc. The Echecs database of May-2012 contains more than 422 thousands problems you can see using WinChloe. In WinChloe program you have a menu option “Download and install the new Echecs database” – you can use this option periodically to get the updated database. Before downloading the database the program will tell you the date of the last update, so you’ll know either you need that updated version or already have it.
Use the option Create database for composing your own problems.
The both, Echecs database and your own created databases will be stored in the folder \Program Files\WinChloe\Base Chloe. When you open a database or create a new one, the program will automatically show the contain of this folder.
After you’ve made your choice with the database the program will open either the existing database of your choice or just created.
New database and composing a problem
Queries on Echecs database example
Some useful actions with WinChloe
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