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The Chess Query Language (CQL) is a structured query language to search for games, problems, and studies that match specific themes from a collection in Portable Game Notation. CQL was developed by Gady Costeff and Lewis Stiller. It is Copyright (c) 2003-2018 and is free. The CQL Manual is hosted by the Internet Archive [1] [2] .

The current version is 5.1 and the documentation and download of the executable can be found on the website of Gady Costeff [3].

Sample query

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;; look for positions where a rook circles in a 4x3 rectangle
;; we use the rectangle g2, d2, d6, g6 together with shift and flip
;;
(match :pgn input.pgn
       :output output.pgn
       :forany piece [Rr]
       (position
        $piece[g2]
        :and (
              (position :gappedsequence ((position :movefrom $piece[g6,d2] :moveto ?g2)))
              (position :gappedsequence ((position :movefrom $piece[d6,g2] :moveto ?d2)))
              (position :gappedsequence ((position :movefrom $piece[d6,g2] :moveto ?g6)))
              (position :gappedsequence ((position :movefrom $piece[g6,d2] :moveto ?d6)))
             )
        :shift
        :flip
       )
)

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