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(1) I am using MikTeX 2.9 and am generally a very happy user of skak - barely two hours seperated the moment I wanted to typeset a chess problem and knowing absolutely nothing about what support there might be in LaTeX and having skak up and running and producing. However, I have just hit a hurdle: any attempt to invoke \styleC (which prints moves as a vertical array of 2 half moves per line) results in compilation errors, while \styleA and \styleB produce the intended results. What puzzles me even more is the fact that I have no problem compiling the skakdoc.tex file supplied in the distribution and I am using exactly the same list of \usepackage instructions in my document as skakdoc does. What the heck?

(2) While on the subject of styles, wouldn't it be nice to have a style that will represent chess pieces with their letters (e.g. R for rook, N for knight etc.) in place of showing their symbols. I find that invoking skak with the 'small' parameter makes reading text somewhat marginal, particularly the bishops are hard to spot. I find modern chess literature supports both styles so I imagine such a letter-style would not go astray with users of skak.

Apologies for starting a goose chase with this one. My original code used the \mainline{} instruction followed by a linefeed, which is OK for styles A and B. When switching to \styleC this linefeed caused a compiler error; unfortunately my error messages after compilation have never worked properly, so I never got the explicit message "no line to end here".

\mainline{1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3} \\
\mainline{1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3} \\
Note: while linefeeds may follow the mainline command for style A and B, a linefeed following the mainline command when styleC is set causes compiler error "there is no line to end here".\\
\mainline{1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3}%\\ 
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A minimal working example (MWE) is needed! – egreg Feb 15 '13 at 16:30
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Regarding your second question. skak uses internally the chessfss package which offers an option to switch to letters:



\mainline{1. Nf3 Nf6 2. Rg1 Rg8}


(I would naturally use xskak instead of skak).

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Thanks Ulrike, that worked. And what is the switch back to using symbols? – Reinhard Neuwirth Feb 20 '13 at 11:36
\usesymfig. See 4.4 Commands that can switch between text and symbols of the chessfss documentation. – Ulrike Fischer Feb 20 '13 at 11:38
... and thanks again, that's what I call prompt service! On the subject of \styleC: still will not compile if used in my document, and yet, it will correctly compile in the skakdoc.tex document which I pulled off the archive. The workaround is using individual \mainline instructions separted by linefeeds \\, which of course is becoming a nuisance. – Reinhard Neuwirth Feb 20 '13 at 11:50
As egreg has already told you: make a minimal example that demonstrates the problem. – Ulrike Fischer Feb 20 '13 at 12:43
... I will as soon as I have recovered the skill of putting code into my submission. – Reinhard Neuwirth Feb 20 '13 at 12:48

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