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(1) Posted by shankar ram [Friday, Aug 28, 2015 16:01]; edited by shankar ram [15-08-28]

It's a colourful life!

For those who are bored (like me!) with the black and white diagrams seen in most places, here's something different...

Arthur Kalverboer ( has these:

1. Chess Diagram Maker ( which helps in preparing diagrams for orthodox chess problems

2. Chess Board Image ( - same as above but you get finer control over the colours and other features

And.. after my request, He has now created:

3. Fairy Chess Diagram Maker ( - where you get the normal pieces in all rotations, plus a few other symbols, plus board sizes(square only) up to 20x20!

In all of the above, there are almost 30 different piece styles to choose from. And of course, you can tweak the board colours to your heart's content, as also diagram border size and diagram image size. There's more! You can also type in text to appear above and below the diagram. The final output can be saved as a .png image - for using in a web page or book or pdf. The first two use FEN, while the last uses FFEN notation.

Great Stuff!

Here's one of Milan's famous 3-movers (Lacny/Tura/Double Half Pin complex) in a colourful dress!
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(2) Posted by shankar ram [Friday, Aug 28, 2015 16:22]

I should also mention Peter Wong's

Many of the best piece figurines used by Arthur have been created by Peter.

In addition, on his site, there are also:

º More than 100 chess icons for Windows and Mac.
º Kits for creating high-quality chess diagrams.
º High-definition chess wallpapers and graphics.
º All downloads are freeware for personal use.

Here too, Peter recently extended his Diagramkit packages to include rotated pieces for Fairy Chess.

Peter is also the maintainer of - with highly interesting material on chess problems and composers down under.

Both Peter and Arthur have done a wonderful job. Give their creations a try! They're free!
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(3) Posted by Torsten Linß [Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 12:04]

Wow, there are some really aweful chess fonts around...
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(4) Posted by shankar ram [Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 16:56]

Ah... I assume "awesome" was meant.. ;-)
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(5) Posted by Hauke Reddmann [Tuesday, Sep 1, 2015 11:48]

Same with "terrible" and "terrific" - now go and confuse
the two on a funeral...English sooooo sucks :-)
(For non-native speakers, of course.)
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(6) Posted by seetharaman kalyan [Tuesday, Sep 1, 2015 19:34]

:) :)
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(7) Posted by Torsten Linß [Wednesday, Sep 2, 2015 16:07]; edited by Torsten Linß [15-09-02]

But I meant what I said. ;)
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(8) Posted by Andrew Buchanan [Thursday, Sep 3, 2015 10:17]
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(9) Posted by shankar ram [Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 07:25]; edited by shankar ram [15-09-05]

Arthur Kalverboer has further enhanced his "Fairy Chess Diagram Maker"!

New are:
- Easier way to handle rotated pieces. Instead of showing all the rotated pieces, there are now 4 radio buttons to indicate the degree of rotation: 0, 90, 180 and 270.
- Neutral Pieces! All the piece themes now have two-toned versions for use as neutral pieces!
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(10) Posted by Joost de Heer [Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 09:35]

I made a fairy diagram maker in 2002, enhanced by Otto Janko a few years later:
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(11) Posted by shankar ram [Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 11:46]

Arthur has based his diagram maker's extension to fairy chess on Joost's FFEN.. which is acknowledged in the help page. There is also a link to the website page.

There seems to be a restriction that boards need to be square.. i.e no 7x8, 8x9, etc. Any way around this?
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(12) Posted by shankar ram [Wednesday, Sep 9, 2015 07:04]; edited by shankar ram [15-09-09]

Further improvements(8-Sep-15):

1. Non-Square Boards are now possible! from 1x1 to 20x20. The number of squares indicated in the first part of the FFEN will be taken as the number of columns and the number of slashes plus 1 will be taken as the number of rows. For example, 1N3/4/3 will be translated as a 5x3 board with a WS on b3. Any mismatching rows will be matched to the 1st mentioned row, with extra columns added or subtracted as required.
Also, For sizes greater than 9, the columns in the FFEN has to be shown as a sequence of 9s plus a number from 1 to 9. For example, a 20x3 board is written as 992/992/992, or even simply as 992//, since, as explained above, the remaining rows are matched to the 1st mentioned row. A 15x4 board translates as: 96///

2. The "non-piece" figures: circle, square, triangle, cross now also have neutral variants.

Great work by Arthur!
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(13) Posted by shankar ram [Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 16:31]; edited by shankar ram [15-09-14]

More improvements by Arthur! (9-Sep-15)

1. The FFEN logic has been made more natural - just enter the actual number of empty squares in each row!
2. The "non-piece" images are now neatly lined up in the same rows as their regular piece brothers.
3. Rotation now also possible for the "non-piece" images (though this affects only the triangle image! Edit-14-09: and also the neutral versions!). Maybe Arthur could be persuaded to add a few more images. ;-)
4. The "Good Companion" piece image set by David Brown is added to the piece themes.

A clear and easy way to generate orthodox and fairy chess diagrams on the fly online!
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(14) Posted by shankar ram [Wednesday, Sep 23, 2015 18:12]

Additions (20-Sep):
1. New fairy piece rose (or "snowflake")
2. New fairy piece equihopper
3. 2 New piece themes

Diagram me coloured!
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