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Starting a New IDeA Project
IDeA is meant to be used interactively and your interaction with IDeA should start before you let it analyze the first position of a project!
When you create a new IDeA project, you start the analysis from a position that is of particular interest to you. It could be a critical position in your favorite opening, the first move out of the opening in a correspondence game, or just an interesting position that you would like to understand better with the help of IDeA.
Using the Rybka 4 Aquarium Opening Book
Deep Rybka 4 Aquarium , Rybka 4 Aquarium , and the Rybka 4 Aquarium Opening Book are now available. Last month I interviewed Jiri Dufek, the author of the opening book. We also saw several novelties and improvements on current theory that are published in the book. This month we will look at the practical use of Jiri’s opening book, the additional data that comes with it and how this data can be used.
Getting More Out of IDeA in Aquarium 2010
In this column, I take a deeper look at some features that were discussed in earlier columns, and I reveal a couple of interesting ideas that will help you get a better understanding of IDeA in Aquarium 2010. As before, I emphasize the importance of its interactive features and start out with the many different says of selecting and sending positions for analysis in IDeA.
New Rybka Aquarium Opening Book
The title of this column implies three novelties:
New Features in Aquarium
A new version of Aquarium 2010 (version 4.0.3) will soon be released and it’s free for current users. The new version has several new features, some of which are described below. First a quick overview, followed by more detailed description of each feature:
Correspondence Chess with Aquarium 2010
A new version of Aquarium 2010 (version 4.0.3) will be released soon. It’s a free update for current Aquarium 2010 users. One of the new features is a correspondence chess module that keeps track of correspondence games played on Xfcc compliant chess servers. The Xfcc protocol was designed by Martin Bennedik. Servers of this type include the International Correspondence Chess Federation (ICCF), SchemingMind.com, and myChess.de.
Networked Computers with Aquarium 2010
What do all the green squares in the image below represent?
Seasoned Aquarium users will immediately recognize that this is a screen-shot of the Aquarium status bar (split into two lines) where each square represents one chess engine (Rybka in this case). What is unusual here is the huge number of chess engines: thirty-four instances of Rybka, all analyzing at the same time, running on a network of computers! It is an amazing experience to have so much analysis power at your fingertips.
Aquarium’s Hidden Treasures. Part Two
Aquarium 2010 has been released. In comparison to the initial Aquarium version, which was released last year, it is clear that progress has been very rapid, both in improvements to existing features and the addition of new features and stability. Its database feature started out with a limit of two open bases, but now the limit has been removed and database performance has been improved. Aquarium has also taken the lead on publishing iBooks and HTML content for web pages and blogs. That’s quite a change from the initial version, which didn’t even have a printing feature. Aquarium has been a leading analysis tool from the beginning; nevertheless, the new version shows huge improvements in this area, as you can see by reading last month’s column about IDeA. The new Aquarium also emphasizes analysis on networked computers; a new feature that can give a big boost to IdeA, as well as advanced infinite analysis.
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