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a sophisticated, commercial Windows GUI by ChessOK, supporting UCI and WinBoard engines, developed by Victor Zakharov and Vladimir Makhnychev [1]. Aquarium is based on the fluent design as introduced by Microsoft Office 2007, featuring a ribbon [2], which is a set of toolbars placed on tabs [3] [4]. Beside the ribbon, the main window is tiled by a navigation window with multiple panes to switch modes and documents, and a bigger working area with various views on that documents, that is game databases, generated game lists and move variation trees as result of database queries, and a single chess game, optional with variation trees and notations. In game playing or analyzing mode, the working area is dominated by a board view associated with dockable and stackable notation-, multiple column tree-, header-, analysis- and information windows. First released as aquarium for the fish dubbed Rybka, the Aquarium GUI is also bundled with Houdini [5].
Aquarium with plants and tropical fish [6]


Aquarium has its own proprietary database format, and further supports the format of its stable mate Chess Assistant, Portable Game Notation and Extended Position Description. It can read, query and import ChessBase CBH-Format.


Deep Rybka 4 Aquarium by ChessOK [7]

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  1. ^ Lomonosov Endgame Tablebases - History Note - ChessOK
  2. ^ MSDN - Ribbon Designer (MFC)
  3. ^ Final Review: The Lowdown on Office 2007 by Richard Ericson, Computerworld, October 11, 2006
  4. ^ Excel 2007's Ribbon Hurts Productivity, Survey Shows by Charley Kyd, Excel User--Reports, analyses, charts, & formulas for business, May, 2009
  5. ^ ChessOK.com: Chess shop from the developers of Rybka 4 Aquarium
  6. ^ Aquarium from Wikipedia
  7. ^ ChessOK, Chess Shop from the Developers of Rybka 3 Aquarium
  8. ^ IDeA : ChessOK Aquarium Tiki

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