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How To Construct Chess Variant Diagrams?
« on: March 23, 2018, 01:30:55 pm »
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Besides the Musketeer chess tool I've noticed that so many of you have various ways of procuring chess diagrams for explanations and such. How do you make them?

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Re: How To Construct Chess Variant Diagrams?
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2018, 02:40:05 pm »
Set up the position in WinBoard / XBoard, selecting board textures and piece graphics that seem suitable, and then hit 'Save as Diagram' (or make a screen shot).

Ebinola seems to make screen shots of a self-made web page containing an 'Interactive Diagram', configured to use the Alfaerie piece graphics from As I mentioned, we could arrange it so that such interactive diagrams can be put directly into forum postings here. (I.e. without the need to prepare anything at home, make a screenshot of it, upload it to some free web space, and then link to it as an image in the posting.)


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Re: How To Construct Chess Variant Diagrams?
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2018, 11:47:42 pm »
I usually just use Microsoft Paint. Edit the picture manually with copy/paste. It doesn't take a lot of time to edit the picture to move pieces when your used to it, although I don't bother with making sure the pieces are centered in the middle of a square and whatnot. It's not ideal to have to do this, but it works.

I'm sure there are better tools out there. A graphic editor where the board can be on one layer and the pieces on another is one example. And of course using a diagram tool would be even better. I just like the simplicity with paint  :-X
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