Chess Assistant 15 Is Here!

Chess Assistant 15 Is Here!

Chess Assistant 15 is here and it is better than ever!

With Houdini 4 it becomes a unique tool for managing chess games and databases, playing chess through the Internet, analyzing games or playing chess against the computer. The starter package, of course, includes Houdini 4 which some call the best playing program, but it also included Chess Opening Encyclopedia mode, a powerful search system, the unique Tree mode, databases of about 6.2 million games in total, since October 15, 2014, that can be automatically updated with 3000 new games, access to 7-piece Lmonosov Tablebases until December 31, 2015 and more!

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When it comes to searching, you will not find a more powerful system.

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Giant Plastic Chess Set for Kids

Mini version of the giant chess set is 1 foot tall. 12″ all-weather plastic chess set is perfect for outdoor chess, fun for school, home, parties, and other occasions! Kids love the large pieces. Easy to transport, fun, and affordable. A real thrill with this super-cute chess set.

Lay sewn, nylon mat on any flat surface even lawns with short grass. Just stake down the corner grommets. The pieces are strong and sturdy, yet not very heavy. In windy areas they might blow over.

3,500 Year Old U.S. Tree Preserved in Historic Chess Set

In 2012, a tree in Florida tragically burned and fell to the ground. This wasn’t just any old tree. It happened to be 3500 years old, declared by President Calvin Coolidge as a ‘National Historic Monument’, and a centerpiece of Big Tree Park in Longwood, Florida.

If you do the math, this bald cypress was just a sapling during Moses’ time. As he led the Israelites across the Red Sea, this tree was just gaining its roots.

Fortunately there was a silver lining. Artist Jeffrey Matter, known for his exquisite work, has helped breathe new life into this tree’s legacy.

Read the full story here

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Chess Base 13 – compare editions

ChessBase 13 is arriving the middle of November.

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New in ChessBase 13:

The ChessBase Cloud makes it possible with a simple login to make use of your databases from any computer and later also from any mobile device (via the browser, iOS or Android apps). Set up your own repertoire and your own games in private space in our cloud. The cloud is particularly attractive for the preparation of training material or for preparing for your next competition or match. Even if your team-mates do not own a Windows-PC, you can provide them with their opponents’ games and with suggested lines of play. You just need a ChessBase account.

Optimise the performance of your engines with analysis tasks. First of all define which positions are to be analysed one after the other. The engine will, over time, assemble this independently and store in-depth analyses for you. For example, have your engines check an opening idea for you overnight and work things out in greater detail.

The improved repertoire function distinguishes between the repertoire for White and Black.

Ergonomic operation: Easier analysis and annotation by a new series of buttons below the notation. Direct embedding of players’ photos and flags at the top of the notation. More efficient input of variations during analysis, new variations accepted without a request for confirmation. Closing of board during live broadcasts with a single click, and much more.

System requirements: Minimum: Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), DirectX9 graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9 and Internet access to activate the program, Playchess.com, Let’s Check, Engine Cloud and updates.

Recommended: PC Intel Core i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, Windows 7 (64 Bit) or Windows 8 (64 Bit), DirectX10 graphics card (or compatible) with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD ROM drive and Internet access to activate the program, Playchess.com, Let’s Check, Engine Cloud and updates.

Compare ChessBase 13 Versions

ChessBase 13 – Starter Package

  • ChessBase 13 program
  • Big Database 2015 (approx. 6 million games)
  • Access to ChessBase Cloud and ChessBase Online Database (over 7 million games)
  • Games download until 31st December 2015
  • Subscription to ChessBase Magazine for half a year (3 issues DVD + booklet)

ChessBase 13 – Mega Package

  • ChessBase 13 program
  • Mega Database 2015 (approx. 6 million games, 68,000 with annotations)
  • Access to ChessBase Cloud and ChessBase Online Database (over 7 million games)
  • Games download until 31st December 2015
  • Year’s Subscription to ChessBase Magazine (6 issues)

ChessBase 13 – Premium Package

  • ChessBase 13 program
  • Mega Database 2015 (approx. 6 million games, 68,000 with annotations)
  • 1 year premium membership on playchess.com
  • Access to ChessBase Cloud and ChessBase Online Database (over 7 million games)
  • Games download until 31st December 2015
  • Year’s Subscription to ChessBase Magazine (6 issues)
  • Corr Database 2013 + Endgame Turbo 4 (4 DVDs with Syzygy tablebases)

ChessBase 13 Upgrade from ChessBase 12

  • ChessBase 13 program
  • Access to ChessBase Cloud and ChessBase Online Database (over 7 million games

 

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Phiona, one of Uganda’s most unlikely champions

This is one of my favorite stories that illustrates that even in hopelessness one may be very close to an amazing future. Phiona had to walk miles in search of food. She found a game that lifted her far beyond the quest for food, and instead made her feel like a queen and reach beyond the hopelessness of her world.

One day in 2005 while searching for food, nine-year-old Ugandan Phiona Mutesi followed her brother to a dusty veranda where she met Robert Katende.

Katende, a war refugee turned missionary, had an improbable dream: to empower kids in the Katwe slum through chess—a game so foreign there is no word for it in their native language. Laying a chess­board in the dirt, Robert began to teach. At first children came for a free bowl of porridge, but many grew to love the game that—like their daily lives—requires persevering against great obstacles. Of these kids, one girl stood out as an immense talent: Phiona.

By the age of eleven Phiona was her country’s junior champion, and at fifteen, the national champion. Now a Woman Candidate Master—the first female titled player in her country’s history—Phiona dreams of becoming a Grandmaster, the most elite level in chess. But to reach that goal, she must grapple with everyday life in one of the world’s most unstable coun­tries

book Queen of Katwe

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Chess sets in documentary: Ambassador Chess Set; Classic Wood Chess Set; Basic Club Chess Set