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Rybka 3 Aquarium Rybka 3 Aquarium

Price: $89.95
Format: CD/DVD
Publisher: Convekta Ltd.

Reviewed by: Chess Horizons Editor Mark Donlan
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Rybka Aquarium is a graphical user interface designed to take advantage of the full power of Rybka 3, the world’s strongest chess engine. The developers purposefully geared the Aquarium interface towards serious players, with an emphasis on analysis functionality. There are a many different options such as infinite analysis, blunder check, game analysis, and interactive deep analysis (IDeA).

Yet beginning players will also find plenty to keep them busy too. For example, you can play material and rating handicap games, or Chess960, or against other players via the Internet on the Chess Planet server. In addition, Rybka Aquarium supports standard operations such as database handling, playing against the computer (with or without handicaps), hosting engine vs. engine matches and tournaments, and much more.
Rybka 3 Aquarium comes bundled with a database of 3,300,000 games, an opening book that can be used within the Fritz-family of applications, online access to the Nalimov endgame tablebases (3-6 pieces), and versions for 32 and 64 bit processors. Rybka’s opening book features grandmaster evaluations of more than 100,000 positions, as well as two analysis trees (CAP) containing previously analyzed positions. The Rybka CAP Data contains 20 million positions, while the CAP Data offers 45 million positions analyzed by Rybka and other engines.
Thus, Rybka 3 Aquarium offers many powerful tools for game analysis that will benefit serious competitors and many fun features for chess play that will please recreational users.

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