A Practical Guide to Rook Endgames by Nikolay Minev, Yasser Seirawan

By Nikolay Minev, Yasser Seirawan

Rook endgames characterize nearly half all endings reached in grasp video games, so, it's critical that chess avid gamers completely familiarize themselves with this severe a part of endgame examine. enhance figuring out and play of those most vital endings, with those transparent, finished reasons.

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Tan: chief programmer of the I B M Deep Blue Tea m . A D e e p Blue's screen. A. M u rray Campbe l l and Joel Benj a m i n d iscuss strategy before the match . A. Joe Hoane, F. H . Hsu a n d M u rray Campbe l l work to optimize the Deep B l u e system

At the point of maximum peril, Deep Blue expended two moves - many have died giving Kasparov even one - to snap one pawn. It was as if, at Gettysburg, General Meade had sent his soldiers out for a spot of apple-picking moments before Beckett's charge, because he had calculated that they could get back to their positions with a half-second to spare. In humans, that is called sang­ froid. And if you don't have any sang, you can be veryfroid. But then again if Meade had known absolutely - by calculating the precise trajectories of all the bullets and all the bayonets and all the cannons in Pickett's division - the time of arrival of the enemy he could, indeed, without fear, have ordered his men to pick apples.

J. Tan was bullish: 'I truly think we have a system which is far superior to what we had last year. I anticipate that we will win this match overwhelm­ ingly' . Just before the match started here i n New York, I managed to talk to Rich­ ard Lang, the designer of the 'Genius' program which upset Kasparov in the Intel speed tournament in 1994 (see p. 3 1 ) . He has worked full-time as a de­ signer of chess software for the past twelve years for the 'Mephisto' company. I was hoping that he might provide an outsider's view of the merits of the Deep Blue program.

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