Engine Preferences

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The Engines tab of the Preferences dialog handles  adding, configuring and removal of chess engines.

As part of the HIARCS Chess Explorer package you will have the HIARCS 14 World Chess Software Champion engine(s) available automatically installed and added. You can also add any other UCI compatible engine.


Clicking the Apply button will apply the current settings but keeps the dialog open. Clicking the Cancel button will cancel any changes since the last apply and exit the dialog. Finally click the OK button to apply the current settings and exit the dialog back to the main display.


At the bottom of the dialog are the common settings applied to each engine for:


The Nalimov tablebase path can be set by clicking on the ... button when you will be given a Choose directories dialog:



you can then browse to the folder(s) where you have the tablebases stored and you can Add each folder that contains tablebase files. You can also edit and remove folder paths and change the order of them.


Add an engine

To add a new engine (only UCI chess engines are supported) you simply click the Add... button and you will be given a Select engine executable dialog to browse and find the engine to add. Please see the Add an engine section for details.


Configure an engine

To configure an engine's options have the engine highlighted in the engine list of the preferences dialog and select the Configure... button. You will then be presented with an engine configuration dialog:


Remove an engine

To remove an engine highlight the engine you want to remove in the engine list by clicking on it. Then click on the Remove button and the engine will be removed from the engine list. Once the engine is removed it will no longer be available for selection in Analysis Explorer or in Play game mode.


Clicking the Apply button will apply the current settings but keeps the dialog open. Clicking the Cancel button will cancel any changes since the last apply and exit the dialog. Finally click the OK button to apply the current settings and exit the dialog back to the main display.