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    I enjoy analyzing pawn endgames more than playing matches. I wanted to find out if anyone here has experience with a program called Freezer which I understand can be used to exhaustively analyze a pawn endgame containing more pawns or pieces than an endgame tablebase can handle. In effect it would create a tablebase for that specific endgame position.

    I have become obsessed with Position #135 in Basic Chess Endings (Neustadtl-Porges) which I believe is a draw and have thought about using Freezer or a comparable software to analyze it

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    Endgame Studies

    October 5, 2020

    From Basic Chess Endings:


    No. 135, Neustadtl-Porges

    


    White to play

    Fine says: In No. 135, White wants to occupy the square d4. To do so he must first occupy e4, with the Black king at c5. He has two squares (e3 and f3) from which he can approach e4, while Black has only one. Thus he can reach his goal by 1.Kf3 Kc6 2.Ke2 Kc5 3.Kf2 Kc6 4.Kf3 Kd5 5.Ke3 Kc5 6.Ke4 h4 (and so forth).

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    • #3
      Originally posted by George Best View Post
      I enjoy analyzing pawn endgames more than playing matches. I wanted to find out if anyone here has experience with a program called Freezer which I understand can be used to exhaustively analyze a pawn endgame containing more pawns or pieces than an endgame tablebase can handle. In effect it would create a tablebase for that specific endgame position.

      I have become obsessed with Position #135 in Basic Chess Endings (Neustadtl-Porges) which I believe is a draw and have thought about using Freezer or a comparable software to analyze it
      For those who wondered (like I did) what "Freezer" was, here is a link: http://www.freezerchess.com

      It seems that it is/was sold through Shredderchess.com but I don't see it listed on that site... has anyone bought it or used it?

      If you click on the "Buy Freezer now" link you end up in an online store with the Canadian price of 136.87 CAD (!)

      Anyone have this? Last "news" was from 2005...
      ...Mike Pence: the Lord of the fly.

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      • #4
        The Neustadtl – Porges, 1901 position is a famous ending, long known to be a win for White. The solution(s) is more than 20 moves long and well explained in the Averbach & Maizelis “Pawn Endings” books (first published in 1950 and respectively 1981) and in “Secrets of Pawn Endings” – Müller & Lamprecht (2000).
        All these books have been re-printed in the last decade and are available.

        I don’t know about Freezer but for the position mentioned, probably it would be as useful as Encyclopedia of Chess Endings I - Pawn Endings (2013) – diagram # 1816.
        Last edited by Emil Smilovici; Tuesday, 6th October, 2020, 11:29 AM.

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        • #5
          A good to know mini-exercise in king triangulation. I'll save that one for my students.

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          • #6
            Thank you for the responses and the book references. I just bought the kindle edition of "Secrets of Pawn Endings" and will see what I can learn further about this ending (Neustadtl-Porges 1901)

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