Wednesday, July 27, 2011

IM Bosboom's creative chess (Part 2)

Deep Saros 2.3i available

For Linux & Windows 32  + 64. This is still an unofficial release but it's the most updated version of Deep Saros..
The author says (my translation from the italian language) that: "In the updated version there are little improvements in the evaluating functions  (Queen, Knights, Opposite colour Bishops), small improvements in the positional play (read Steinitz), bugs correction and a few "hacks" added."
Here you can read the original italian posts and the download page

Sunday, July 17, 2011

IM Bosboom's creative chess

During the recent Dutch Championship, Gerard Welling met the extremely creative IM Manuel Bosboom who played (and won !) a side event. He showed Welling a nice little game he played in a Amsterdam chesscafé, 3 minutes chess, 3 or 4 years ago. An amazing example of an active double rook sacrifice. Welling thought we may have liked to see it, so he wrote the moves down, checked the notation with Bosboom it is for our pleasure.

My thanks to Gerard Welling for his kind contribution.

A perspective of Mike Basman's original chess

Recently IM Andrew Martin has published on youtube a nice analysis of the game Pritchett - Basman. A powerful demonstration of Basman's original chess.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 f5!?

In a former post,it has been shown that Mike Basman played some original openings in Sutton 2008 such as 1.f4 d5 2.c4, 1.d4 f5 2.g3 c5, 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 f5 and 1.e4 c5 2.c3 f5.
The trend (still early to label it as a "fashion") to mix an early c5 + f5 seems to have spread as even IM Kamran Shirazi has recently played this 2..f5 move as well against strong opposition. In fact with Gerard Welling, we found the following game on :

Thursday, July 7, 2011

London Calling

Tomorrow I will be in London with my family for a few days. While my wife was planning to visit museums and historical places, she asked me if I was interested to pay a visit to "The Sherlock Holmes Museum" located in Baker Street...well.. I answered that while she will visit that museum with our son...I will visit another MEANINGFUL place located in Baker Street :-)     Next week I will tell you some more details about THAT visit........ :-)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

LEOpard 0,7c chess engine is born!

It is still an experimental and unofficial version with many limitations, but it works quite well, says its author at
 The author goes on saying that it is an "indipendent" engine, meaning that it does not derive from existing engines, although he has staken many ideas and procedures from various open source engines such as
IvanHoe and StockFish. At the moment the engine it is not ready to handle the tablebases, but it should be ready by the end of the summer. On this version there are still some "Deep Saros like" set ups, but they will gradually disappear.
The first official version should be ready within September. At the above mentioned link, you can find either a download link + some games where LEOpard demolishes very strong chess engines at rather long time controls. Enjoy this experimental version, while we are waiting for the official release. Well done Daneel Olivaw! aka....;-))

Vujovic's position

In one of the last posts, we discussed a quiz that was asked by Milorad Vujovic some years ago.
The source of the position has been found by Harold van der Heijden, of the famous van der Heijden database of endgame studies. In fact, after Gerard Welling showed him the position, he checked it in his database and found out that  it  was indeed a study by Liburkin and that it was published in Shakhmaty v USSR in 1939.
My thanks to both of them for having shed additional light on this wonderful position.