Beast: Strong chess engine for the ChessBase GUI

WorkFiles: Beast.eng and Beast.dll
Note: .exe is .eng in the ChessBase GUI
Path: C:\ChessBase\Engines\


File 1: 2.86 Mb: (copy link to browser)

File 2: 2.80 Mb: (copy link to browser)

To unzip these files Power Archiver is recommended:
With Power Archiver open and extract to C:\ Then open C:\Beast\ and extract to C:\

Bugs: In the ChessBase GUI click: Tools > Engine > Beast: the engine cannot be loaded by the GUI.

There may be API calls to Chess32.dll that is part of the GUI but SoftIce may catch more API calls.

Todo : Catch all API calls between Beast.eng and Beast.dll and the GUI and debug so that my engine can be loaded into the GUI. Breakpoints: import LibraryA
Engine matches or tournaments against other engines in the ChessBase GUI will be possible in the future
(Running an engine against other engines is the best method to discover its weaknesses)

Let me know if someone succeeds to debug Beast :
Posted on 2001-09-04 10:26:23 by CccT
Did you coded Beast 2.2 yourself... ?

If Not...Hacking and Cracking will not be allowed on this forum ..
Posted on 2001-09-04 16:38:24 by BogdanOntanu
Of course I coded it myself.
It creates or should create an .ini file in C:\ChessBase\Engines Cb.ini
Try it out and you'll see.
Posted on 2001-09-05 06:21:40 by CccT
Afternoon, CccT.

Over 5.6 *megs* for a chess proggy? That's almost as large as the *whole* Win32ASM package from Hutch!:tongue:

Seriously, though. Is there *any* assembly used in your proggy?

I'm going to need a lot more info on what the program is about, before I download anything. Have you got a website which details the programs attributes, or what the user-interface looks like?:confused:

Posted on 2001-09-05 07:21:13 by Scronty
Isn't ChessBase a comercial program? You can download a demo, but from what I gathered from the website - you can't add your own engines to the demo version.
Posted on 2001-09-05 08:38:52 by bitRAKE
If you take a deeper look into the ChessBase site, you'll see that they have freeware versions like this one with a plain and simple GUI but fully functional, shareware versions like the popular Fritz 6 light demo, and commercial versions with all bells and whistles that are available only on CD.
Of course it is possible to build your own engine in .eng format especially for the ChessBase GUI
Several chess programmers have done before that for their programs like Phalanx , King of Kings, ...
If your chess program is compatible with the WinBoard GUI it is even possible to use an adapter file and your WinBoard engine will be compatible with the ChessBase GUI as well.

Posted on 2001-09-05 12:16:50 by CccT
Nice site you have there.

My download comes with a freeware GUI that is fully functional and looks much like:
You can change the background, colours and layout with a few mouseclicks.
My engine's workfiles both decompile with W32ASM
(and SoftIce as well)
They're only 400 Kb but you can not run them without the GUI.
But the Yahoo briefcase usually has a fast connection.
I can download them in a few minutes.

Posted on 2001-09-05 12:35:30 by CccT
CccT, I can't get the files to uncompress with WinRAR? I will take a closer look. :)
Posted on 2001-09-05 19:05:54 by bitRAKE
I made a better download of my program :
(Copy link to browser)

Maximal compression : only 2211 Kb
Downloads in less than a minute.
No CRC errors
You can unzip it with any WinZip
I wish you success.
Let me know :
Posted on 2001-09-06 02:21:07 by CccT