Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Komodo 9.2 Stongest Chess-Engine

At this moment Komodo 9.2 is the best chess engine. Its No 1 in at CCRL, IPON and CEGT.
The good thing about strong engines is: you need less time to analyse a game or a position with the same quality. Komodo 9.2 is about 30 Elopoints stronger than my Komodo 9.0, how much quicker could i get using the new engine?

To use twice as much time is about the same as using twice as much engines. CEGT provides Ratings of the engines with different numbers of CPU:

Seemingly there is some problem running multithread engines with only 1 CPU. Here the same plot without 1 CPU


 Twice as much calculation of an engine is equivalent to a rating gain of ~34.4 Elo-points.

So using the new engine could save me ~~ 50% of my computer time for chess analysis.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Memorizing Chess Games, new methods

I did start memorizing chess games  here. To memorize a chess game is not an easy task, it takes time and is quite some work. First i try to find  a game where i have plenty of annotations and/or videos about it. Now i found the free program "Chess Trainer 1.5.1" , this is a program to improve in visualization developed by Dietrich Kappe. One exercise can help to memorize a game too, its called "Blindfold". You insert the pgn of a game and the program will display moves and will ask questions about the position like : "where are the queens", "what are the capturing moves", "what are the moves to b3" and so on.

To play and analyse a game blindfold does help a lot to get the game into the memory. The other program for learning chess games is of course the brilliant free "Chess Hero" 
Chess Hero is "guess the move" program with engine support.

The combination of different methods to look at the same game should help to get it deeper into my memory, at least: this mix of methods makes the job less boring

Here are the hints on "How to memorize chess games" from Chess Coach  IM David Pruess

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Free chess videos

There are unbelievable many excellent chess video channels at youtube. Many websites did try to earn some money with online chess videos but with the huge quantity of free brilliant videos i doubt that this business plan has any future..

Here just a few of them, more or less in the order of my sympathy

  1. https://www.youtube.com/user/STLChessClub
  2. https://www.youtube.com/user/GMIgorSmirnov
  3. https://www.youtube.com/user/TigerLilov
  4. https://www.youtube.com/user/chessvideos1
  5. https://www.youtube.com/user/Majnu2006
  6. https://www.youtube.com/user/MatoJelic
  7. https://www.youtube.com/user/OnlineChessLessons
  8. https://www.youtube.com/user/KebuChess
  9. https://www.youtube.com/user/2600ben 
Today i found a channel with very instructive videos


Some videos about the KIA against the french:

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Visualization Training Exercise No 5

Find all squares ( without a board ) where black OR white can go to give a check

You will get new exercises when ever you will get back to this page.

Fold here