WinChloe & WinChloe light

Tutorials - Tutoriels


"If you are using BDE on Windows Vista, you need to reconfigure BDE so that it does not attempt to write files to the C:\<root> directory. To do this, log on as an administrator and run BDEAdmin.exe, located at Program Files\Common Files\Borland Shared\BDE. Under Native, click PARADOX, and change NET DIR to point to a location other than the root directory. A suggested target is C:\Users\Public."

Q : How and where do I set up the problem and how do I record fairy pieces and conditions ?
A :
1 - you must always work in an opened table, but not in the table "Echecs". So if you have not yet created another one, do the following :
  a) in the menu "Fichier"|"File", click on "Ouvrir/Créer"|"Open/Create".
  b) give a name to the table and click on OK : the new table is automatically opened.
2 - To add a new problem, click on the "+" in the navigation bar, or use the shortcut "Ctrl + N" : you are automatically in the page "Echiquier" and the database is in "Edit" mode, with an empty board.
3 - To put the pieces on the board, "drag and drop" with the mouse.
4 - When it is done, click on the 2nd button in the navigation bar (with the hint "Poster les modifications"|"Post the modifications") or use the shortcut "F11".
5 - click on the page "Infos".
6 - click on the zone just beside "Pieces...:".
7 - enter the name (or at least the first letters of the name) of the piece corresponding to the figurine in the next zone (of course if there are fairy pieces on the board) and press the "enter" key when the wanted name is selected.
8 - use the "left" key to pass to the next fairy piece ...etc.
9 - to insert a condition, select the zone beside "Conditions" and enter the name (or at least the first letters of the name) of the condition and press the "enter" key when the wanted name is selected.

Q : How do I record stipulations and aims ?
A : Select the stipulation in the zone beside "Enoncé"|"Stipulation" (you can enter the name or use the "up" and "down" key), the aim in the next zone (idem, use the "up" and "down" key and enter the number of moves in the next zone. For instance, for h=3, select "Aidé" in the stipulation zone, "=" in the aim zone ("But") and enter 3 in the number of moves zone ("Nombre de coups").

Q : How to interrupt a solving process ?
A : Press the "Escape" key.

Q : How to delete a condition ?
A : Select the condition to delete and press "Del".

Q : How to print a solved problem with solution ?
A : Menu "Edition", "Copier L'ensemble (RTF)" : you can then paste in any RTF editor (such as "Word").

Q : When there is a frame around a piece, both "empty frame" and "piece+frame" appear in the list of figurines. Is it normal ?
A : Yes. In most of the cases, only the empty frame has to be defined : all "pieces+frame" must then be deleted (press "Del" when they are selected). But in some case (for Chameleons for instance) it is "pieces+frame" which must be defined and the empty frame which must be deleted.
Note that while the text "n pièce(s) non définies" is blinking, there are still pieces to define or to delete.

Q : Trying to solve a problem, I have the message "Une pièce féerique n'est pas définie".
A : this message may occur for two reasons :
1) WinChloe is not able to test problems having one of the pieces : such pieces are written in blue instead of red in the pieces zone. this is normal!
2) A text of the style "n pièce(s) non définies" is blinking under the first "pieces" zone, indicating the number of pieces in the list of pieces for which a name has not been given.

Q : How to insert "Strict Circe" in the condition field ?
A : "Circé" + "Renaissances Circé strict". This to avoid the multiplication of Circé conditions. It is the same for "Renaissances Circé Rex Inclusiv", "Renaissances Circé assassin", "Renaissances Circé volcanique" and "Renaissances Circé parachuté". In this way, "Circé diagramme volcanique Rex Inclusiv" is "Circé diagramme" + "Renaissances Circé volcanique" + "Renaissances Circé Rex Inclusiv".

Q : How to insert "Anticircé type Calvet"  or "Anticircé type Cheylan" in the condition field ?
A : In WinChloe, "Anticircé" is type Cheylan by default, i.e. captures on rebirth square are not allowed. If they are allowed (type Calvet), the condition "Captures sur case de renaissance autorisées" must be added.
To summarize :
   Anticircé type Cheylan = "Anticircé"
   Anticircé type Calvet = "Anticircé" + "Captures sur case de renaissance autorisées"

Q : If one makes a mistake in putting a piece in the board, what is the easy way to eliminate a wrongly placed piece without having to start again ?
A : The simplest way is to double-click the piece (in the page "Echiquier").
There is another possibility, only interesting with great boards : click with the right button anywhere on the board, then click on "Supprimer une pièce" (last item of the popup menu), and indicate the square of the piece to remove.

Q : How to select length records problems ?
A : For length records in a specific genre, create a filter/query to search only these kind of problem, then click on Statistics in the menu 'Problems', and click on 'Number of moves'.
For instance, if you look for orthodox series-selfmates, create the filter:

and the query:

Then click on 'Statistics' in the menu 'Problems', or on the corresponding button in the buttons bar , and click on the tab 'Number of moves'.

then on the header 'Number of moves', to sort according to this number of moves.

The record seems to be in 191 moves. As there are few problems with more than 100 moves, you can, for instance, complete the filter to consider only problems with more than 100 moves. Close the statistics page, reopen the filter page and add a line:

Browsing the problems, you see that 191 is the record with promoted pieces and 131 without promoted pieces.

Q : How to select problems with at least 4 black promotions on the same square ?
A : Create the query:

In WinChloe, direct promotions are always preceded by "=". Note that for the squares, you must use 'ç' and 'é' instead of 'c' and 'e'.

Q : How to select problems with AUW and at least 1 extra-promotion ?
A : Create the query (click on the corresponding square to add a parenthesis):