Archive for December, 2013

19th December

December 19th, 2013 8 comments

With so little time remaining until the holidays (and all those big events coming up), it is time to take the training seriously. From here on, it will only get harder.

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18th December

December 18th, 2013 3 comments
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17th December

December 17th, 2013 3 comments

I do not want to give anything away too soon; but the theme is the same all the way to Christmas Day!

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16th December

December 16th, 2013 10 comments

I know the weekend is over, but the level has not significantly dropped. Forgive me, please, I am trying to take your mind of the forthcoming disaster!

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15th December

December 15th, 2013 4 comments

If you are like me, you will be following the London Chess Classic finale from the front row. If not, please do watch it online.

In this position, find the strongest move and not just a way to an advantage…

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14th December

December 14th, 2013 5 comments

So, it is the weekend again; but this exercise is fun. Black wins quickly in a very surprising way. Not easy at all!

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13th December

December 13th, 2013 6 comments

Even though we are just talking candidate exercises this week, we are now heading into the non-trivial territory of the weekend,

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Q&A with Larry Kaufman

December 12th, 2013 51 comments

We have the pleasure to host a Q&A with Larry Kaufman, famous for his great contributions to the development of first Rybka and recently Komodo. Please be free to ask him any polite question you feel like. The best question will be awarded with a copy of Komodo TCEC, the newest version (Larry will choose).

Komodo recently won the World Championship in front of Stockfish and Houdini, so this is quite a catch for us to get this audience driven interview.

The rules are the same as always: all questions provided before the 11th of December will be read, though I cannot promise that Larry will answer them all. He will answer when he has the time, but before the end of the 15th December.

To kick this off, I will start with a few questions of my own (very eager for the free-bee!):

• What are the main reasons Komodo was able to edge out the competition in the World Championship?
• What are the different properties of Komodo, Stockfish, Houdini, Rybka and Fritz and how would the person who wants to improve their chess use these differences to his advantage?
• Is a person better off using one engine or several engines when analysing?

I hope this is a good start. Please provide your questions and make Larry feel welcome here!

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