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by matejst
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: New Version of The Baron (3.42)
Replies: 12
Views: 3969

Re: New Version of The Baron (3.42)

A big thanks to Richard, and thank you, Steve, for hosting the Baron.
by matejst
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Help with Komodo 1.0 personalities.
Replies: 67
Views: 10314

Re: Help with Komodo 1.0 personalities.

I was thinking more in term of plan than of variation. It could go (it's from memory, blindfold): 1. Kb1, d5 2. cd5 and now, if Nd5 or Bd5 3. Bb5 and white has some initiative. I wouldn't try tricks like 2. Bf6, Bf6 3. cd5 with the idea Bf7+ since all endings are with pawns on both wings and the Kni...
by matejst
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Help with Komodo 1.0 personalities.
Replies: 67
Views: 10314

Re: Help with Komodo 1.0 personalities.

@Brian: When I watched the position, it seemed very sharp to me: the plan for white could be Kb1 (to avoid Bg5), then, it all becomes very tricky. Black has to play a6 to avoid Bb5 (anyway, he has too soon or later), and he has to capture on d5 with the Queen rather than with the knight (if he plays...
by matejst
Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Help with Komodo 1.0 personalities.
Replies: 67
Views: 10314

Re: Help with Komodo 1.0 personalities.

A really good way to improve is to play at LTC against old programs, in my experience. Usually, they see 6 to 8 plies, and positionaly they are weak enough.

So you can choose to play double-edge positions where you do stand a chance, or to avoid such kind of positions and improve your technique.
by matejst
Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Help with Komodo 1.0 personalities.
Replies: 67
Views: 10314

Re: Help with Komodo 1.0 personalities.

I have tried LTC, I really gave it a chance, but I have found it's a snorefest... I admit that to play at LTC, OTB, is very painful . (I stopped playing when I couldn't smoke and have a cup of coffee during the game any more.) But LTC makes you really work. You learn to focus, and that a game is no...
by matejst
Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Help with Komodo 1.0 personalities.
Replies: 67
Views: 10314

Re: Help with Komodo 1.0 personalities.

Dear Brian,

I almost seriously answered your comment about the blunder (Rf8), before understanding it... :oops:
by matejst
Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Help with Komodo 1.0 personalities.
Replies: 67
Views: 10314

Re: Help with Komodo 1.0 personalities.

First, I'd like to state that I enjoyed this thread. Both games and arguing. Then, @ Ulysses: So apparently my next 300 elo will be like this, play solid, avoid blunders, and games will be won. The way to improve is just like you wrote: to play games at LTC, avoid tricks, but not to avoid complicati...
by matejst
Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Help with Komodo 1.0 personalities.
Replies: 67
Views: 10314

Re: Help with Komodo 1.0 personalities.

The question of style, in chess engines, is very complicated. Graham, e.g., thinks Gaviota is an aggressive engine, an attacker, but I use him mostly in simple, endings-like positions, where it excels. In a certain way, we are both right: Gaviota, although with a heavy eval, won't hesitate to throw ...
by matejst
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Help with Komodo 1.0 personalities.
Replies: 67
Views: 10314

Re: Help with Komodo 1.0 personalities.

Anyway, we can't normally expect authors of free engines to respond to such requests. I am well aware of this, of course. That's the reason why I stick with the engines and authors who have done the effort to implement some of the features I like. Fortunately, there are more than just a few: Ed Sch...
by matejst
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Help with Komodo 1.0 personalities.
Replies: 67
Views: 10314

Re: Help with Komodo 1.0 personalities.

And now I am replying to myself. It's my age, probably. I mostly analyze openings and simple positions -- openings because I would like to rebuild my repertoire, and simple positions, because while I could overcalculate an opponent OTB in the years when I was playing, I lost or drew a lot of simple ...