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 Forum: All the Rest   Topic: recommendations for good chess biographies

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 2:48 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 4386

I would highly recommend Genna Sosonko's "The reliable past" and "Russian silhuettes" , which I regard as well-written and highly interesting. These are basically compendiums of biographies. Of course there are Kasparov's "My great predecessors"-series or Frank Brady's ...

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: Glee over 50% -- Brainwashed

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:22 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 6068

Hello and wellcome to the forum Sassa!
You will find a lot of interesting reading here. Remembering You as an avid problem friend from CW-forum 8) , I point out that all my problems on the 'All the rest' subforum are required reading and solving .... :knowall:

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: Can anyone recommend a multi-boot program?

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2008 7:35 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 1679

Alistair, you may do well to study this "How-to" article:

Hope this helps.

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: Retrograde Analysis

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:42 pm 

Replies: 2
Views: 2543

Sherlock talks about the LAST move done by black. It could not be e6,e5 or fxg6 for the reasons given. But obviously the LAST move could not be b4xa3, because currently there is a white knight on b4. If black did the b4xa3 earlier,then one of the other moves e5,e6,fxg6 or king or rook move was last....

 Forum: Improvement and Instruction   Topic: How do I improve?

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 12:17 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 5686

Since you both live in the same city go baldly ( :roll: ) to Jeroen's club!
As I recall from a picture they have beer on offer, too.

 Forum: Chess Playing Software   Topic: how to get rid of "%emt ..."

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 7:25 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 1135

Go to Tools>Options.

(1) Select Clock+Notation Tab. Remove Checkmarks from 'Save Evaluations'

(2) Select Clipboard. Change the PGN to Old Notation.

This worked for me - No more %-notations. :love:

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: Happy new Year guys

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 3:26 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 2377

Don't you just love these new smilies? :eyeshock:
:toohot: Nice New Year to Everybody...


 Forum: All the Rest   Topic: SPOILER to Santa's second sizzler.

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 1:44 pm 

Replies: 0
Views: 1708

Well, the time is up my friends. Like snow that did not come for Christmas this year, no answers emerged for Santa's second sizzler. I will reproduce the diagram below: =============== Rudolph ============== ================ Santa =============== ...

 Forum: Chess Playing Software   Topic: fritz 11 blunder check scoring

Posted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 7:35 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 1449

Actually you define what is a blunder yourself by giving the Threshold value in Blunder check. If the engine then during the analysis finds a move, which gives the evaluation that differs more than threshold-value from the evaluation of the actually played move, the actual move is regarded as a blun...

 Forum: All the Rest   Topic: Santa's second Sizzler

Posted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 12:45 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 1935

Ho, ho, hoo! Nearly a 100 views and no answers! Remember that Black is always forced to make the longest legal move. In case of several longest moves, he can freely choose one. if we call horizontal and vertical move 'lin' and diagonal 'dia' the list of moves in ascending length is as follows: 1 lin...

 Forum: All the Rest   Topic: Santa's second Sizzler

 Post subject: Santa's second Sizzler
Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 5:47 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 1935

This is my traditional Xmas Puzzle. (Well, I did one last year,didn't I?) Santa and Rudolph the Rednose were playing their chessmatch before their annual trip. Rudolph, who was always in hurry to get where he was needed as fast as possible, had a peculiar habit: He always made the the longest possib...

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: Which chess piece is the Vicar ?

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 4:58 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 3233

Concerning the vizier, I think the answer to "What chess piece is vizier?" depends on the frame of reference - either as an ancient piece or as a fairy piece (which may or may not be the same thing). If we are talking about an ancient piece the answer must be sought from chess history. A r...

 Forum: Improvement and Instruction   Topic: shredder 11/Rybka interface

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:58 am 

Replies: 1
Views: 1339

Well, here are pretty setailed instructions on how to add Rybka (which is a UCI engine ) to Fritz, Junior, Shredder etc. interface.

It really is relatively easy. You can use the same installation with any UCI engine.

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: Which chess piece is the Vicar ?

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 12:53 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 3233

Although I largely agree on the typology of your post, I must make an exception in the case of an Elephant. This piece in my typology corresponds to a Bishop. See the early part of the message:


 Forum: Queen's Pawn (1.d4)   Topic: Sharp option for Black against d4?

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:07 pm 

Replies: 63
Views: 39524

I would strongly suggest Gallagher's book. Given your situation, it is an ideal choice. In fact I find the whole Starting out: -series excellent. I have about 25 books on King's Indian alone. Many of the great players want to have their 'say' on the subject. These include: Kasparov, Bronstein, Gligo...
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