# How to use chessboard package?

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

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{chessboard}
\storechessboardstyle{4x4}{maxfield=d4}
\begin{document}
\chessboard[style=4x4,setwhite={Qa1,Qd2},showmover=false]
\end{document}


It didn't produce any result, instead a warning said \usepgfmodule{shapes} is obsolete.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This package is obsolete.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

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

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{skak}

\begin{document}
\section*{Chess}

\newgame
\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... \\
\mainline{4.Ba4}
$\showboard$

\end{document}


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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:

\documentclass{scrartcl}
\usepackage{diagram}
\usepackage{hyperref}

\begin{document}
\begin{diagram}[4x4]
\pieces{wDa1, wDd2}
\end{diagram}
\end{document}

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