Jacobi is a program to solve fairy chess proof game problems. Here's an example:
The solution is 1.g3 d5 2.Bg2 d4 3.Bc6+ Kd7 4.Sf3 d3 5.O-O dxe2 6.d3 exf1=R [+wRh1] 7.Sbd2 Rxg1 [+wKe1]+ 8.Sf1 Rxg3 [+wPg2] 9.Se3 e5 10.O-O.
Jacobi solves this in a few minutes:
Jacobi can also solve some ordinary help stipulations but there is very little reason to do that because Jacobi is on average 5x slower than Popeye for this type of problem. In addition, Popeye and WinChloe support more stipulations, fairy conditions, and fairy pieces. One reason, though, would be for conditions exclusive to Jacobi.
Jacobi can also solve orthodox proof games, but there is very little reason to do that because Jacobi should be slower than Natch or Euclide which are optimized for the orthodox case.
It cannot solve stipulations containing defensive moves, like directmates or selfmate, which is why the subtitle calls it a "helpgame solver". As an exception, Jacobi will accept one defensive halfmove at the very end of the problem.
See the separate documentation page.
Feel free to experiment by modifying the "Text representation" box, but keep in mind that each time you change something, you have to click on "Set problem from text" and then "Start".
Just bookmark the latest version page so you can get to it directly. This page contains a WebWorker (and an AppCache manifest as fallback) which tells your browser to store every file needed by Jacobi on your computer/device so that the page still "loads" when offline in that particular browser. Some browsers even offer the option "Add to homescreen", which will turn Jacobi into a Web App that you can launch by clicking on an icon (as long as the browser remains installed and its application cache is not cleared).
Zip archives of Jacobi are available. Updated irregularly.
Here are the features I'm planning to add soon, so don't bother suggesting them! Jacobi will reach v1.0 when they are all implemented.
Jacobi is freeware, which means that you are free to use it and make a copy for personal use, but not to redistribute copies as I retain the Copyright on it.
Here I keep links to future, current, and old versions. Old versions are useful to you if I break something with an update. Future versions are not recommended unless you want to test upcoming features.
Page created: October 16, 2017
Page last updated: January 20, 2020
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