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I set the options in Scid VS. PC 4.8, so that Tablebase information shows up in game information window (when 5 piece endgame is reached. But when I turn on an analysis engine, it still does not recognize the tablebases, and continues to calculate, showing score +3.0, while the position is mate in 31 moves (as shown in game information window). Is there anything else I need to do? I tried several engines, with same results.

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Hi Joe, which engine are you using? Different engines use tablebases differently. –  Andrew Oct 5 '12 at 13:14
    
I'd like to get Houdini 1.5 working with tablebases, but I tried several engines without success. The UI for engine configuration did not have an obvious spot for it either, but after googling around it looks like GaviotaTbPath is what I should be after. I may need to download new set of TB's, as mine are very old and likely not Gaviota... –  Joe Oct 6 '12 at 15:52
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I just had the same question, and I thought I would post a belated answer for future persons.

I am using SCID vs. PC, but I think the solution may be the same or similar. First download the Gaviota tablebases here (http://www.olympuschess.com/egtb/gaviota/). Then go to SCID --> Tools --> Analysis Engines and select your engine (Critter is working best for me here. I have Houdini 1.5 and it is not working properly.) click Edit and then click the Configure button. You will see a GaviotaTbPath textbox; enter your directory, click save and everything should work.

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