For years Rybka has been the uncontested number one in computer chess andsince its great breakthrough in 2006 the program has won with remarkable regularity one world title after the other. So that this state of affairs will continue in the future, the Rybka-team gathered around programmer Vasik Rajlich has developed a new version which is even better: Rybka 4 plays more aggressively and more tactically. During the last two years the engine has been improved in almost all areas. Onemajor theme has been the understanding of the attack on the king. The new DeepRybka 4 is in this case more precise and reliable than its predecessor. At the same time the search function now operates more quickly and efficiently and the evaluation function delivers even more spot-on judgments. As for the playing style, Deep Rybka 4 logically continues the development of the past few years.Thanks to further development in the tactical area too, the new Deep Rybka 4 will be indispensable for all those who work and analyse with chess engines. The new multiprocessor version Deep Rybka 4 calculates much faster than the single-core version: when you double the number of processors, Rybka s speed increases by a factor of 1.7! Deep Rybka 4 is delivered with the new user-friendly Fritz 12 interface and contains a database of 1.5 million games and includes CLASSIC membership for playchess.com for one year. System requirements: Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 512 MB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), DirectX9 graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows-Media Player 9, internet access (playchess. com, updates and activation). Recommended: PC Intel Core 2 Quad, 2.4 GHz, 3 GB RAM, Windows Vista or Windows 7, DirectX10 graphics card (or compatible) with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10 compatible, sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD ROM drive and internet access (playchess.com, updates and activation). Theactivation of the program requires internet access.
Did you know backgammon is one of the oldest games ever invented - and it´s even older than chess? In this fascinating guide, you´ll discover the 5,000-year history of backgammon - and how you can enjoy this popular and compelling game. You´ll discover the uniquely geometric backgammon board, how to set up the pieces, and how to make your first moves. As you increase your mastery of this ancient game, you´ll learn a vast array of game concepts and winning tactics. You´ll discover how to ´´hit´´ your opponents´ pieces and remove them from the board - forcing your opponent to start these pieces over from the beginning. You´ll learn how to ´´bear-off´´ your own pieces from the board and prepare for a victory. This audiobook even explains how gamblers use a doubling cube, a new twist US players added to the game in the 1920s, to raise the stakes! Learn the Five basic backgammon strategies every player should know: The Running Game The Holding Game The Priming Game The Backgammon Blitz The Back Game You´ll even learn additional rules for backgammon variants - and the pro tips you need to take your game to the next level! Make your move today by downloading this audiobook and entering the intriguing world of backgammon - you´ll be so glad you did! 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Shelton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/094819/bk_acx0_094819_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In recent years, woodcut illustrations have found renewed popularity with graphic artists, designers, illustrators, and craftspeople. Their diversity, crisp black-and-white lines, and adaptability to typography and a wide range of other projects make them an ideal source for a limitless array of craft and design ideas.Now Jim Harter, noted collagist, has compiled a comprehensive sourcebook of 19th-century woodcuts depicting men. Similar in format to his popular previous collection,Women (Dover 0-486-23703-6), the present volume contains over 400 carefully selected illustrations of men in an enormous variety of poses, costumes, attitudes, and activities: playing baseball, dancing, roping steers, mining coal, playing chess, hunting, flirting, courting, wrestling, shoveling, running, reading, talking, praying, thinking, gesturing, fencing, and more.Spanning a variety of geographical locations and historical periods, these delightfully old-fashioned renderings depict Eskimos in kayaks, medieval knights, Roman gladiators, magicians, firemen, soldiers, miners, beggars, fops, dandies, Prussian generals, shepherds, artists, acrobats, bullfighters, doctors, mythological and religious figures (Laocoon, Buddha, Moses, etc.), monks, prisoners, and more, representing nearly every masculine occupation and activity imaginable.The material in this book has been chosen to reflect the diversity of the subject, to illustrate the variety of styles of wood engraving, and to be of maximum use to artists and designers. Reproduced from such periodicals asIllustrated London News, La Nature, Leslie´s, and Harper´s, these engravings will solve a great many illustration problems at a very low cost. All 412 illustrations are in line and immediately usable; many have been silhouetted by Mr. Harter to increase their usefulness. This is an unusually comprehensive and helpful sourcebook that belongs in the working library of every modern artist or illustrator.Original Dover (1980) publication.