Thursday, February 14, 2019

Endgame Tablebase

Endgame Tablebase

What is an endgame tablebase? “An endgame tablebase is a computerized database that contains precalculated exhaustive analysis of chess endgame positions. It is typically used by a computer chess engine during play, or by a human or computer that is retrospectively analysing a game that has already been played.” - Wikipedia

Can I see one in action? Yes. Here is a website with a Syzygy database running online. Just drag and drop pieces onto the board, tell it which side is on move and see the results.

syzygy online.jpg

Is there more than one kind of endgame tablebase? Yes. If your read the Wikipedia article you’ll see that a number of people have created endgame tablebases. Currently there are two big names in the tablebase world Nalimov and Syzygy. Syzygy seems to be growing in popularity so that is the type I chose to download.

Where can I get an endgame tablebase? I think there are a lot of places to download these files. The files are pretty big so most people use a torrent program to download the files. So first I went to Ninite to get a torrent program. Just click on the qBittorrent box and download the Ninite installer. One you have qBittorrent installed just right click the link below and select “Save link as” a window will pop up with the location where it’s going to put the Tablebase. It should default to downloads folder but you can change it if you want.


When the download is complete I recommend moving the files to a “Syzygy” folder or something similar. So you can direct multiple programs to reference it. More on that process in another post.

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