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Dadi Jonsson’s article on CT-ART: Mating Combinations
CT-ART: Mating Combinations is a new training course. The “CT-ART” label indicates that it is a tactics training course, but more importantly that it is of the same quality class as the original and popular CT-ART. The author of this new training course is Victor Khenkin, an experienced and respected chess coach.
As all new training courses, Mating Combinations runs in the Peshka interface as shown in the following graphic.
Aquarium 4.0.6 Released
The long-awaited Aquarium 4.0.6 patch was finally released at the end of December. This is a huge update, involving more than one thousand changes, some of them major.
There is plenty of information available on the Internet about the new version, including several of my columns from last year. I think it’s time to give a high-level overview of this new version based on what has been written about it since the first hints of expected improvements appeared more than six months ago. The changes in the new version fall into these major categories:
Rybka Aquarium: Using IDeA in correspondence chess
I recently completed an informal experiment that lasted eleven months. During that time I participated in three correspondence chess tournaments. My goal was to evaluate IDeA as an analysis tool for correspondence play and see how it performed in a variety of positions that arise in real games, especially middlegame and endgame positions. I made limited use of various resources normally used by correspondence players, since I wanted the results to depend as much as possible on IDeA itself. Those self-imposed restrictions affected the results, but I think they made the experiment more interesting for users who are considering IDeA for correspondence chess analysis.
New Aquarium 4.0.6 - major update
Major Aquarium update, version 4.0.6 is released.
This is setup for update from any 4.0.* version (i.e. Aquarium 2010 and Aquarium 4) to 4.0.6:
Here is the list of improvements in 4.0.6 comparing to Aquarium 4.0.5:
Rybka Aquarium: A Guide to Basic IDeA Usage
This column is geared towards the average user who wants to start using
IDeA Master Trees and IDeA Game Links
World Chess Olympiad 2010
World Chess Olympiad is going to take place in Khanty-Mansiysk from September, 20th to October, 4th. There are 160 male and 120 female teams participating.
ChessOK is going to broadcast all games of the tournament with Rybka 4 Aquarium commentary. The commentaries can be displayed in the six languages - Russian, English, German, Spanish, Italian or French. In each round 16 selected games are to be commented online, and another 100 games will be commented and posted on this site within 20 hours after the end of a round.
New Features in Aquarium 4.0.6
A new version of Aquarium 4 (4.0.6) will soon be released. It is free for current Aquarium 4 users. Going from 4.0.5 to 4.0.6 would seem to indicate a minor update, but this is one of the biggest updates since the original release. Before going into the details, here is a quick overview of the new features:
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