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I teach after school chess, and installed LaTeX on my computer just to make chess worksheets. I'm using skak.

My documents start:

\documentclass[12pt]{article}
\usepackage{chess-workshop-symbols}
\usepackage{skak}
\usepackage[margin=0.2in]{geometry}
\begin{document}

and then have the problems I want to give the kids, like so:

% one solution, three checks
\fenboard{5rk1/pp3N1p/4P3/2P5/3Q1PK1/P7/1Pr3pq/R3R3 w - - 0 0}
\showboard

I would love to have the worksheets show whether it is black's move or white, but I haven't been able to get the command \showmoverOn to work (nor \showmover or \moverOn or \mover). Any idea what I'm doing wrong?

When I try it, the console output says something like:

! Undefined control sequence.
\ShowMoverBlackNormal ->\pscustom 
                                  [fillstyle=solid,fillcolor=gray]{\skak@tra...
l.23 \showboard

? 
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As kahen wrote, skak relies on pstricks for some of the "decoration". I suggest to use chessboard instead:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{chessboard}

\begin{document}
\chessboard[setfen=5rk1/pp3N1p/4P3/2P5/3Q1PK1/P7/1Pr3pq/R3R3 w - - 0 0,
            showmover]
\end{document}

If you want to print/parse moves you can use either skak or xskak, both will work together with chessboard. You don't need chess-workshop-symbols: the symbols it defines are nowadays defined by the chessfss package used internally from all the three packages.

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My psychic debugging powers tell me that you're trying to compile your document with pdflatex. skak makes use of pstricks for drawing things, so you'll either need auto-pst-pdf or just compile with latex.

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  • Could also use xskak, which should support PDF natively. May 3 '12 at 4:20
  • You need to load skak with the option ps (\usepackage[ps]{skak}) in order for this to work properly.
    – Werner
    May 3 '12 at 4:23
  • When using xskak, the mover command does not work. When compiling via latexila, the error: Undefined control sequence is shown.
    – Sudheer
    Oct 30 '14 at 16:48

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