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I'm using TexLive under Windows 8 & TexMaker, when I tried to run this code snippet,


It didn't produce any result, instead a warning said \usepgfmodule{shapes} is obsolete. Any idea?

This package is obsolete. Use \usepgfmodule{shapes} instead

Is there any package for chessboard available in TikZ?

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My compilation produces output. However, this should be submitted as a bug report to Ulrike (IMO). –  Werner Feb 2 '13 at 20:52
@Werner: Thanks. So is there any alternative for drawing chessboard that I'm not aware of? –  Chan Feb 2 '13 at 20:55
In the style you're after (different from 8x8), there's not much. See Game packages on CTAN. Ulrike is around here... somewhere... –  Werner Feb 2 '13 at 20:57
@Werner: Got it, thanks again. –  Chan Feb 2 '13 at 21:19
@Chan: The example works fine for me on a current miktex 2.9. Also the warning is (currently) harmless. Add \listfiles at the start of your example. Then compile with pdflatex and put the log-file somewhere for inspection. –  Ulrike Fischer Feb 3 '13 at 10:46

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

Alternatively, you can use skak package. Here is a sample:



\mainline{1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5}
\[ \showboard \]
\mainline{3...a6} Rarely used these days,
\variation{3...Nf6} is more in fashion since blah blah... \\
\[ \showboard \]


enter image description here

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So how about a 4x4 style chessboard? –  Werner Feb 2 '13 at 20:59
@Werner, well, my bad. I didn't notice the 4x4 part in the code of the question and I'm not sure if skak or xskak support that. Should I remove the answer? –  Pouya Feb 2 '13 at 21:11

You can try the "diagram" package:


\pieces{wDa1, wDd2} 
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