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   kb2ct has kibitzed 10496 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-17-17 Stefansson vs Carlsen, 2007 (replies)
kb2ct: remarkable :0)
   Mar-10-17 E Tate vs R Mandl, 1987 (replies)
kb2ct: The puzzle turned into a very nice conversation :0)
   Feb-26-17 Shabalov vs Aronian, 2004 (replies)
kb2ct: While impossible to predict the final skewer, it was not difficult to forsee the lack of control over the queening sqare. :0)
   Feb-12-17 E Tate vs Yudasin, 1997 (replies)
kb2ct: Is this book or preparation?? :0)
   Feb-10-17 Spielmann vs B Hoenlinger, 1929 (replies)
kb2ct: <al Wazir:> My thought process was identical until I realized that ChessGames had made the mistake of having virtually the same puzzle twice in the same month. :0)
   Feb-09-17 Sahovic vs Korchnoi, 1979 (replies)
kb2ct: Wonderful 0:)
   Feb-04-17 Spassky vs Averkin, 1973 (replies)
kb2ct: 26. Bc7 wins thee exchange, but the whole combo is difficult to see. :0)
   Jan-26-17 B Lalith vs Kuzubov, 2015 (replies)
kb2ct: Not s easy as at first sight. There are two ways for black to try to avoid the loss of a piece Both however fail, but both must to worked out in advance. :0)
   Jan-25-17 A L'Ami vs A Merry, 2015 (replies)
kb2ct: Treat every move of every game as if it is a Chessgames puzzle. :0)
   Jan-23-17 K Pan vs I Mjatezs, 2016 (replies)
kb2ct: Just because today's problem is cooked with two different mates in two does not mean that it is usless. If the position arose in a team game, I suspect a team would overwhrlimgly vote for 30. Qxh7+ over 30. Rh5 on the basis of aesthetics since 20. Q h7+ is more forcing, prettier and ...
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Oct-18-13  Abdel Irada: Still rarer are 21-bishop endings. ;-)

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  cormier: 63 BC
Fall of Jerusalem
consulship of Cicero; Catiline conspiracies

60/54 BC An informal coalition is formed by Gius Jlius Caesar, Pompey and Marcus Licinius Crassus to govern the Roman republic. This coalition is often referred to as the First triumvirate, even though it did not have the official sanction of law required for a legal triumvirate.

58/50 BC Caesar fights the Gallic Wars, acquiring the province of Gallia Comata

54/53 BC First campaign against the Parthian Empire; Crassus utterly defeated and killed

49 BC Caesar crosses the Rubicon (alea iacta est) and begins the Second Roman civil war against the Optimates, the conservative faction of the Senate, led by Pompey

48/45 BC Caesar pursues and defeats the Optimates in Greece and Africa 44 BC Caesar is assassinated on the Ides of March

44/42 BC Third Roman civil war, between the assassins of Caesar (led by Cassius and Brutus) and Caesar's heirs, Octavian and Mark Antony

43 BC Octavian, Antony and Lepidus form the second triumvirate

36 BC Antony's Parthian campaign ends in failure

32 BC End of peaceful relations between Octavian and Antony

31 BC In the battle of Actium, Octavian decisively defeats Antony and Cleopatra

30 BC Antony and Cleopatra commit suicide; Egypt becomes a Roman province


27 BC End of the Republic, beginning of the Roman Empire: Octavian is now called Augustus Caesar and becomes the sole ruler of Rome

28/24 BC Augustus' campaigns against the Cantabrians in Hispania Tarraconensis (see Cantabrian Wars)

16/15 BC Augustus' campaigns against the Alpine tribes

12/7 BC Tiberius and Drusus conquer Pannonia and campaign against the Germanic tribes

7/3 BC- Jesus of Nazareth born.
1st century AD[edit]5 Tiberius conquers Middle East

6 Judaea becomes a Roman province

Feb-17-14  DcGentle: <4 bishop endings are rare.
There are no majorities and a draw is likely>

Well, White has a surplus pawn in this ending.

See here for more:

DcGentle chessforum

This ending helps me a lot with my new paradigm engine.

We'll see.

All the best,

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  perfidious: With equal material and no majorities, I found a way to lose the four-bishop ending to a future grandmaster in A Shaw vs E Perelshteyn, 1996.
Feb-18-14  DcGentle: <perfidious>: Very nice endgame, and I know that these 4 bishop endgames are among the hardest.

It's not easy to see by any means, that <47. Bd2> could have hold the draw, apparently.

Thanks for the link, quite useful.


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  cormier: Oct-06-14
cro777: <iatelier> At the Lomonosov, the 7-piece tablebases have been developed. Currently, ICCF has free access to 6-piece positions. Access to 7-piece tablebases at the moment is not free.
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  cormier: Nov-23-14
Premium Chessgames Member AylerKupp: <<cphoenix> Do the downloaded tablebases need to be placed in a special location?> No. I have a folder called, naturally, Tablebases, with subfolders called Tablebases\Nalimov, Tablebases\Gaviota, and Tablebases\Syzygy, but that is arbitrary. It's better to keep the tablebases separate from the engine because multiple engines use the same tablebases so it's easier to reference them if they are in their own folders. For example, Critter, Houdini, and Minko use Gaviota tablebases; Hiarcs, Protector, Rybka, and Spike use Nalimov tablebases; and Houdini, Komodo, and enhanced versions of Stockfish use Syzygy. Yes, Houdini can use all 3, but only one at a time.

Depending on your GUI (I use Arena but others are similar), you can specify the tablebases folder either in the GUI (for historical reasons) or in the specific engine UCI parameters section. Because the Nalimov tablebases were the first widely available tablebases, the folder for these are typically specified in the GUI. But you then specify other tablebase folders in the UCI parameters for each engine. For instance, Houdini can use all 3 tablebases so its UCI parameter section gives you the option to specify the folders for each of the 3 tablebases.

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  cormier: 7-piece Lomonosov Tablebases.
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