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4 bishop endings are rare.

There are no majorities and a draw is likely


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  Abdel Irada: Still rarer are 21-bishop endings. ;-)

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Jan-18-14  cormier: Campaign history of the Roman military - Wikipedia, the free a...En cache
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Jan-19-14  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

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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.


Jun-17-14  cormier: Chessgames Challenge: The World vs Naiditsch, 2014
Jul-18-14  cormier: bright shine ... like a diamond .... we need u in the world team ..... ths
Oct-06-14  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.
Oct-06-14  cormier: AylerKupp chessforum
Nov-24-14  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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