Has the hobby now degenerated into an addictive drug rush of acquiring chess engine updates of the strongest chess engines -and then what?
Will Correspondence chess answer the need of the greater chess forum?
> Has the hobby now degenerated into an addictive drug rush of acquiring chess engine updates of the strongest chess engines -and then what?
Huh, for the people that play engines against each other, hasn't it always been the case? What has changed?
(note those people may not have special interest in the "strongest engines", but have a special interest in "recently released engines")
>Will Correspondence chess answer the need of the greater chess forum?
Yes, I think that and Freestyle chess is the future of computer chess, you can only play so many games between engines before better accuracy of their true ELO becomes irrelevant.
I agree with you both,advanced or centaur chess is the way forward.
> Freestyle chess is the future of computer chess
When Freestyle and Correspondence chess pays more attention to the novice you may be able to make that claim.
I really miss the tournaments between all the top engines and their huge hardware.
I miss the huge freestyle tournies as well.
I miss the days when Vas posted regularly here. Most of the other engine authors have lousy personalities in my opinion.
I definitely feel like things have taken a nose dive.
> I really miss the tournaments between all the top engines and their huge hardware.
So do I. The ICGA killed that off.
If we look at the general situation of software availability, especially the freeware where we find amazing strength and quality too, hardware where constantly more and more computational power is provided and AFAIK with prices not being significantly raised (in total)... Then, new ideas or improvements are coming up and will most probably be optimized - I am thinking about Chiron's blockade detection (I did not test it), or about the new idea of reducing the internal 50 move distance for better draw detection, or adjustable permanent position learning features - not really new but improved I think - and probably more things which I'm not even aware of.
In the sector of commercial interfaces, Fritz 13 has introduced Let's Check which was both praised but also "sceptically" critizised on message boards, but anyway it is a new way to provide chess analysis information (in both directions), enjoyment and even thrill, maybe. That's just the most recent example. Not too long ago, Shredder Classic introduced online access from within the interface, to large endgame tablebases and opening data. A very comfortable and useful feature. Sometimes it seems, such innovations go rather unnoticed.
I would even include chess tools like "chess games viewer" for Chrome, related to pgn4web, into my list of very positive elements of current computer chess. Or "Chess Hero", the great free chess training tool.
I have Deep Shreeder but don't have the endgame and opening options you mentioned.
>I have Deep Shreeder but don't have the endgame and opening options you mentioned
are you running DeepShredder under Shredder Classed GUI,or under another GUI like Chessbase or Arena?
edit:from what are you saying,i suposse you are running under Chessbase GUI or Arena or Aquarium,not Shredder Clasic GUI,right?
(and the opening database as well)
An endgame tablebases lookup is also being offered here in the forum directly, from the diagrams.
The "Lookup" button transmits the position to the ChessOK tablebases applet. I have just noticed that this works for opening positions, too!
Shredder online acces to openings and endgames is a feature that Shredder Clasic GUI has and it allows to the user to acces to:
1)online servers of Shredder to endgame databases when 6 or less pices positions are reached (or you setup a position),and you will have the score if the position is won,draw or lost...is nearly the same than if you have installe the 6 man Nalimov tablebases at your computer (you must have acces to internet to acces the servers)
2)acces the servers of Shredder to acces to an opening database
about 'Chess Game Viewer' of Chrome,i havent installed that,so i cant explain you,but it must be a viewer for a chess format file (like pgn),but im really unsure about that point
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