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WBCCC: Victorious With Aquarium

The WBCCC (World Blitz Correspondence Chess Championship) started out as an idea to make correspondence chess tournaments more interesting:

  • The games are broadcast on the Rybka Forum. When a move is made it is automatically posted on the forum along with a diagram of the current position.
  • The forum users, both the players themselves and others, can discuss the games freely, but of course the observers are not allowed to suggest moves or make comments that may directly influence the move choice of the players.
  • The games are played at a fast pace compared to traditional correspondence games.
  • Now that the first tournament has come to an end, it is clear it was a success. Many strong players participated, some of them using very impressive hardware and opening books. The games were hard-fought and the forum discussions were lively. After ten grueling rounds, José Sanz emerged as the clear winner, scoring 7½ points and finishing 1½ points ahead of his closest rivals.

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    Houdini 2 Aquarium

    In an announcement earlier this month, ChessOK introduced a new member of the Aquarium family: Houdini 2 Aquarium. It’s actually a group of products comprising Houdini and Aquarium, available both in a single package and as separate products. As chess players know by now, Houdini is currently the highest rated chess engine and the new Aquarium version is an even better analysis tool than previous versions. Best of all, the new Aquarium version will be available as a free update for current Aquarium 2011 users.
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    Sending Games and Position to IDeA

    In this column I describe various methods of sending games and positions to IDeA. In addition to (or instead of) letting IDeA choose positions to analyze, you let it analyze the positions that interest you.

    I assume that you are using Aquarium 2011, which has greatly improved support for sending positions to IDeA. Furthermore, I expect that your IDeA project is linked to a database game, as it allows you to send infinite analysis variations automatically to IDeA. For information on linking a game to an IDeA project, see IDeA Master Trees and IDeA Game Links. In general, I recommend linking games to IDeA projects instead of running the analysis from IDeA mode, as was necessary in previous Aquarium versions. Read the rest of this entry »

    Aquarium 2011 / Houdini Aquarium updates. Build 490.

    Convekta/ChessOK is glad to announce the release of the latest updates for Aquarium products. It is highly recommended to download and install these updates as they include a set of important new features. It is especially important for Aquarium 2011 users, as they receive the full set of features implemented in Houdini Aquarium.

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    A New Approach to Infinite Analysis

    This column is an overview of the infinite analysis capabilities of Aquarium. It is geared towards the following groups:

    ● Chess players who are considering switching to Aquarium from their current analysis software and want to compare their infinite analysis capabilities.
    ● Current Aquarium users who need guidance regarding the next steps towards the more powerful infinite analysis features.
    ● Aquarium users who need a quick overview of infinite analysis, including references to the ChessOK Cafe columns where specific features are described. Read the rest of this entry »

    Introduction to the Aquarium Directory Structure

    This month I take a brief look at the Aquarium 2011 directory structure. A general understanding of where Aquarium files are stored is useful for performing various tasks, such as backing up important data, and transferring databases and trees from one computer to another, etc. It also helps you to find the most appropriate place to store your personal databases, analysis trees, etc. within the Aquarium directory structure.

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    Aquarium Engine Matches and Tournaments, Part Two

    After being preempted by the release of Aquarium 2011 for the past two months, we now continue our coverage of engine matches and tournaments in Aquarium.

    Observing Games

    We finished Part One by having a quick look at the following screen-shot of a chess engine game in progress:

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    We’ll have a closer look at this window now, starting in the upper-left corner.

    There are two tabs at the top of the image. Observe Game is currently active, but Board allows you to set various options related to board display and move input. There are two buttons on the Observe Game tab.

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    Aquarium Engine Matches and Tournaments, Part One

    Engine matches and tournaments got a very noticeable update in Aquarium 4.0.6. The “Match properties” and “Engine properties” dialog boxes were redesigned to increase consistency in naming and options. Several useful options were also added:

    ● Unified and improved dialogs for creating matches and tournaments
    ● Openings can be played from a PGN file
    ● Prevent unloading of engines from memory between games
    ● Display game count and duration estimate for a new match/tournament
    ● Tournament/match settings can be saved and play started later
    ● Engines can be added to an ongoing tournament
    ● The board can be automatically inverted to follow the stronger side
    ● Elo difference is displayed in engine matches
    ● The time used for individual moves can be displayed in the notation
    ● Number of endgame tablebase hits can be displayed in the notation
    ● The games are now stored in CDP (Chess Assistant) database format
    ● Asymmetric time controls in engine matches are tied to engine instead of color

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