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Many common questions about the fonts
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Chess Fonts

Alpine Electronics sells a variety of TrueType and PostScript chess fonts for both Windows or Macintosh computers. They can be used to create chess diagrams with six different borders and algebraic figurine notation with the complete set of Informant and New-In-Chess annotation symbols. There are three main styles or font families -- Linares, Hastings and Zurich. Each font family also includes rotated pieces for chess variants and one style of checker pieces.

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Each chess font family (Linares, Hastings or Zurich) includes many different keymap versions (over one megabyte of chess fonts) in both TrueType and PostScript formats and a nice 14 page downloadable User's Guide. The cost for one font family is $49, two font families cost $79 and all three are $99. All of the fonts have a 30-day unconditional money back guarantee.

Linares is an American style chess font. Many chess books have been published with the Linares fonts. The American Chess Journal, Chess Mail, International Chess Calendar, Empire Chess, Chess Horizons, En Passant, Texas Knights, Rocky Mountain Chess and other chess magazines use the Linares fonts for their diagrams and/or figurine notation.

Hastings is a font based on an older ornate chess font. Several chess books have been published with the Hastings fonts. The Virginia Newsletter and the International Chess Calendar uses the Hastings fonts.

Zurich is European style chess font similar to the font used by New-In-Chess or the British Chess Magazine.

The Windows fonts include keymap versions that are directly compatible with Chess Assistant, ChessBase for Windows, BOOKUP for Windows, Clubmate, Zarkov, Chess Diagram Editor and other programs. The Macintosh fonts include keymap versions that are directly compatible with ExaChess, BOOKUP, ChessBase for the Macintosh, Chess Reader and other programs.



Other Game Diagram Fonts

Alpine Electronics sells a variety of game diagram fonts for both Windows or Macintosh computers. Each font family includes both TrueType and PostScript formats and a nice User's Guide. The cost for one font family is $49 or any three for $129. All of the fonts have a 30-day unconditional money back guarantee.

 

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The Beijing font family for XiangQi or Chinese Chess includes seven different fonts. Each font has a different piece style and there are three different border styles.

 

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The Bermuda font family for playing cards/bridge includes ten different card fonts and two bridge diagram fonts. Each card font has all 52 cards plus jokers and several card backs. The various card fonts include full card, left, top, upper left and several different styles of card.

 

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The Canton font family for Mah Jong includes 3 different fonts. Each font has 43 different Mah Jong tiles

 

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The Copenhagen font for Othello allows you to number the disks and provides two different types of borders.

 

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The Edinburgh font for checkers/draughts has five different checker styles, allows checkers on either white or dark squares, has several border styles and allows numbering of squares

 

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The Las Vegas font family for dice and dominoes includes four different fonts. All possible versions of two or three dimensional dice are included. Any domino diagram can be created. Chinese dice and dominoes are included.

 

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The Monte Carlo font for backgammon allows the creation of any backgammon diagram with dice and doubling cube.

 

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The Tendo font family for shogi or Japanese chess includes six different fonts. Each font has a different piece style and there are three different border styles.

 

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The Tokyo font family for go includes two fonts. Any go board can be created, the stones may be numbered and two different borders are possible.

 

The cost for one font family is $49 or any three for $129. All of the fonts have a 30-day unconditional money back guarantee.

 

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