Dec 17, 2013

[Info] Mediocre in ChessGUI

Since Jim Ablett closed down his site there've been quite a few mails from people unable to run Mediocre. Again, I'm not planning on doing executables of Mediocre, it's a Java engine.

But here is a repost of a comment just posted by Norbert Leisner regarding running Mediocre in ChessGUI:
Mediocre Chess Java from

can be easily embedded into ChessGUI / BigLion-Interface

Engines/Install Engine > select UCI1 + Java > and under "browse for engine file"= location where executable .jar file (660 KB) exists after extraction of .zip-folder - confirm the entry with "save engine option"

No extra batch-file is required, but the menu item UCI 1 + Java must be clicked simultaneously to recognize the .jar-file!
There are also plenty more GUIs out there that can handle Java. It's both a bit sad and surprising that some of the major ones still doesn't...

Sep 6, 2013

[Info] Jim Ablett's page is gone

Sadly Jim Ablett has decided to stop his excellent work with compiling various chess engines. This of course includes Mediocre.

I've never spent much time generating native exceutables of Mediocre and I'm quite sure I won't start now. Mediocre is a Java engine after all, and should probably be run as a Java application. I'm quite aware of the limitations on some UIs (like Chessbase, atleast in the past), but I still see it as a limitation on their side and not mine.

Feel free to ask if you need help getting Mediocre to run as a Java application in whatever UI you use, I'm still around and answering questions. :)