Shane's Chess Information Database
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (January 2008)|
|Stable release||4.4 / March 2013|
|Operating system||Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris, FreeBSD, NetBSD and probably other UNIX-like variants|
There are multiple projects related to Scid, all using the si4 database format. ChessDB was the first Scid fork, but had little longevity or technical novelty. Scid vs. PC has been in development for four years to 2013, and has an overhauled interface. Its major new feature is a Computer Tournament mode and also includes rewritten Gamelist, FICS and Analysis widgets. It maintains 100% database compatibility with Scid. Scid on the go is a browser for Scid database files for Android.
Scid supports portable game notation and its own database format. It can interface with XBoard engines (such as Crafty and GNU Chess), and UCI engines (such as Fruit, Rybka, Stockfish and Shredder) to perform position analysis or play computer-human games. Scid can be used as a graphical interface to connect to and play games on the Free Internet Chess Server, FICS. It can use up to five piece endgame tablebases, includes a move tree with statistics, and display photographs and information of players in the database.
Scid can classify games using the standard ECO code, as well as its own extensions to the ECO system. One can search for specific endings, such as pawn vs. rook or rook vs. queen. Scid's search allows filtering by player, color, year, result, and ECO code.
Scid has a maintenance window where, for example, one can delete twin games. (It is frequent to have the same game in a database twice if the games are downloaded from multiple sources.) Scid can plot graphs of ratings vs. time.
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