Tablebases are databases that contain complete, exhaustively calculated moves and variations for a given collection of chess positions. E.g. the Nalimov tablebases contain full solutions for all endgames involving 6 pieces or less.

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What is Syzygy tablebases?

I just want to know in simple language exactly, What the Syzygy tablebases are, Why they are used, What are their advantages, disadvantages?
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What are the dates of end-game table completion for 2 pieces, 3 pieces, all the way to 7 pieces?

I'm curious to get a rough sense for when chess could be solved if Moore's law, and algorithm improvements continue, and I thought a good way to get a rough idea would be to extrapolate based on when ...
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Why are tablebase files so large?

What is the reason that table base files are so large? I can't think of any other way to phrase that question - but the question alone is rejected by stackoverflow's gateway bot, hence this paragraph ...
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Syzygy tablebases in xboard

I'm trying to set up the five-men syzygy tablebases for use in xboard 4.8. Stockfish 6 and Komodo 9 are both supposed to support Syzygy, but in Xboard, their SyzygyPath option is missing from the UCI ...
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What is the maximum DTM with K+J vs K?

What is the maximum DTM in the endgame king + janus vs king on a 10x8-board ? The janus can move like a bishop or like a knight. Since both sides have two additional pieces, the board has 10 columns ...
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Have endgame tablebases ever been compiled for smaller variants of chess?

I am interested in compiling endgame tablebases for a few miniature chess variants, such as Chess Attack (5x6) and Los Alamos Chess (6x6). Have these ever been created before, and if so, are they ...
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Maximum DTC and maximum DTZ in the endgame KRPKRP

What is the maximum DTC and the maximum DTZ in the endgame KRPKRP (rook+pawn against rook+pawn) ?
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Can the bishops and knights triumph over the queen?

I heard that two bishops and two knights have good winning chances against the queen according to the 7-men-tablebases. Unfortunately, even the pwanless 7-men-tablebases are not available online. So, ...
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Is there any method to determine if the weaker side in KQPKQ has a perpetual check?

Is there any possibility to check without the use of the tablebases, if some position in the endgame queen + pawn vs queen (KQPKQ) allows a perpetual check for the weaker side ?
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Normal draw positions in the endgame KQPKQ with a bishop-pawn?

Suppose, in the endgame queen + pawn vs queen (KQPKQ) , the stronger side has a bishop-pawn (c-pawn or f-pawn). The weaker side cannot win the pawn, nor has a perpetual check, nor can play on ...
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Comfortable DTC - endgame database

The only online endgame database supporting DTC I know is http://chess.jaet.org/cgi-bin/mzugs But the positions can only be entered by FEN, it is not possible to drag pieces. Does anyone know a ...
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Longest sequence with only moves to draw without a repitition

What is the longest known sequence of moves with upto 6 pieces where each move of both sides is the only move drawing the game (any other move would lose the game) ? There should not occur any ...
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Longest way to mate with 1 queen against 4 queens

What is the longest way to checkmate with 1 queen against 4 queens (no other pieces on the board) ? Since there are ways 13 moves long with a queen vs two queens, I conjecture this should be ...
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mutual zugzwangs and longest wins (DTM, DTC and DTZ) in the endgame KRPPKRP

Is there any survey on the mutual zugzwang positions and the longest wins (splitted to DTM, DTC and DTZ) in the endgame KRPPKRP (rook + 2 pawns vs rook + 1 pawn) ? Unfotunately, the 7 men tablebases ...
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Can someone check the following claim?

Can someone check this claim I found out using SCID and a tablebase : Consider the endgame queen+pawn vs queen (KQPKQ) Suppose, the white pieces have the following positions King on g7 Queen on ...
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What are the winning chances of every pieces? (6men egtb)

Is there a site or document which shows what the winning chances are of every "Specific Pieces vs. Specific Pieces" endgame? e.g. What are the winning chances of Rook & Bishop vs 2 Knights?
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Longest DTM in the endgame KQPPKQ

What is the longest DTM in the endgame queen and two pawns versus a queen (KQPPKQ) ? The position White : Kg6 , Qb5 , Pa3, h2 Black : Ka7 , Qh3 is mate in 167 if white has the move. Is also the ...
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chess program wilhelm

I still search an executable file of the chess program wilhelm. It is not only a chess endgame database, you can fix pieces to be on concrete squares and check all such position to get a statistic ...
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Is there a Web Service available for 6-piece endgame tablebases?

I use the LokaSoft web service for 5-piece endgames, but cannot find one for 6 pieces. BTW, by web service I mean a software function capable of being called over the internet (see ...
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Is there an online database for the endgame KRPPKRP?

It was stated at this forum that the 7-men-endgames are still not available online. What about the special endgame KRPPKRP (Rook and 2 pawns against Rook and 1 pawn) ? It would be nice if the ...
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Longest DTC in the endgame KQPKQ depending on the place of the white pawn

I remember some statistics by Guy Haworth from the endgame KQPKQ (queen + pawn vs queen). One of the statistics was the maximum DTC depending on the place of the white pawn (due to symmetry, it can ...
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Endgame Tablebase, what is it?

I've been reading and enjoying the site immensely. What is the Endgame Tablebase? I see it referenced frequently. TIA
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How long would it take China's Tianhe-2 Supercomputer to produce an 8-man tablebase?

Wondering how long it would take a TOP10 Supercomputer to fully construct an 8-man tablebase.
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How many positions are there in n-pieces endgame tablebases for different values of n? [duplicate]

Note that I don't want the exact values, I only need approximations. And I am only interested in small values of n (not more than 12).
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Will quantum computers solve chess?

The theory is that there are more that 10^40 positions, and a computer that works with an atomic scale has to be impossibly large(As in galaxy-scale large), and well beyond our current level of ...
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Is there a freely available online 7 piece Endgame tablebase?

The only 7 piece site I heard about is http://tb7.chessok.com/ , and upon registration I am able to setup various positions with 2-6 pieces . However as soon as I setup a position with 7 piece, I get ...
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How many legal but unreachable positions exist?

Consider this legal chess position which can never be reached from the normal starting position. [FEN "6kb/6p1/6K1/8/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] The Black bishop is placed on h8, but with the Black ...
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Computer endgame strength without tablebases

I have seen that engines aren't particularly strong in the openings without access to a book. How strong are modern engines in the endgame when they are not allowed access to tablebases? E.g., can ...
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Can a rook win against a knight in the endgame?

Suppose we have just rook and our opponent has just one knight which is near to his king is it possible to win this game theoretically? For example, in the following position (white to move), is it ...
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What is the status for seven man end game table bases?

There are complete (or nearly complete) six man end game table bases available for download, and even online. What is the status of seven man table bases? Is there still active development in this ...