Turbo charge your endgame knowledge

by Steffen Giehring
1/21/2019 – Perfect endgame analysis and a much better engine performance: the new Endgame Turbo 5 is more than perfect! It comes on an USB 3.0 flash drive (128 GB), covers the most important six piece endgames, all endgames with less than six pieces, and helps top engines such as Fritz, Komodo Chess and Houdini to play these endgames perfectly. Here's a short tutorial on how to install the Endgame Turbo and set up the tablebases. | Drawing: ChessBase

Endgame Turbo 5 USB flash drive Endgame Turbo 5 USB flash drive

Perfect endgame analysis and a huge increase in engine performance: Get it with the new Endgame Turbo 5! This brings the full 6-piece Syzygy endgame tablebases on a pendrive. Just plug it in a USB socket and you are set!


Endgame Turbo 5

With the Endgame Turbo 5, engines play endgames with six pieces or fewer perfectly but they also play endgames with more than six pieces much better because the Endgame Turbo lets them know which six-piece-endgames are won, drawn or lost. It helps you to improve your endgame play, and is a powerful tool for correspondence players, endgame theoreticians, friends of engine matches, and anyone interested in the endgame phase!


You can directly load the Endgame Turbo 5 from the USB stick to ChessBase or Fritz. If your hard drive has enough space you can also install the endgame databases on your computer. However, the Endgame Turbo 5 needs about 120 GB of storage space.

Using Endgame Turbo from the USB stick

Close all programs and connect the USB stick to one of the USB ports to your computer.

Start the program ChessBaseEndgameTurboSetup.exe from the USB stick. Select the installation language and go to "Next". In the following dialogue "Choose Components" you accept the default settings and go directly to "Next":

You also have the option to "install to hard disk", but you'll need to dedicate 120 GB!

This will last only one or two seconds because the installation program has to write only one information into the settings of ChessBase and Fritz. Finish the process in the next dialogue with "Finish".

Now start your ChessBase 13/14 or Fritz 15/16 program and load, let's say, a six-piece-endgame. Now start the analysis (Alt+F2). The engine window now shows how the Endgame Turbo 5 evaluates all possible moves in the current position:

Instant and perfect endgame evaluation!

+- means that White wins.
-+ indicates a win for Black.
= means a draw.

In positions that are won or lost, the number in brackets gives additional information: it indicates the number of moves after which the next irreversible position — that is when a pawn moves or a piece is captured — will be reached when both sides play perfectly. In pawn endgames, this information will hardly ever be relevant because pawns will often move. But in endgames without pawns in which no pieces are captured for a long time, the 50-move-rule is relevant. In the example above the next irreversible position is reached after 12 perfect moves.

Should the engine not show the evaluation of all legal moves but calculate variations instead (that's not what we want here) the settings to access the tablebases are not correct. Solution: go in CB or Fritz to File→Options→Tablebases→Edit:

In the next dialogue select "Syzygy (GUI)" at the top and check "Load at program start". Then restart your ChessBase / Fritz program.

Hint: The engines Houdini 6 and Komodo 12 can use the knowledge of the Endgame Turbo in positions in which more than six pieces are left on the board, e.g. when calculating possible liquidations to six-piece-endgames. This improves the endgame play of the engines even more.

Houdini 6 Pro

Houdini 6 continues where its predecessor left off, and adds solid 60 Elo points to this formidable engine, once again making Houdini the strongest chess program currently available on the market.

Installation on hard disk

Please check first if your hard disk has enough free storage space. The installation of the Endgame Turbo 5 requires about 120 GB. Close all programs and use one of your USB ports to connect the USB stick to your computer.

Hint: if possible use a USB 3.0 port to accelerate the installation process!

Start the program "ChessBaseEndgameTurboSetup.exe" from the USB stick. Choose the installation language and continue with "Next". In the following dialogue "Choose Components" check "Install to hard disk" and go to "Next":

Accept the default installation path and let the installation run. Systems with older USB ports might require up to two hours to process the data.

After finishing the installation restart your ChessBase 13/14 or Fritz 15/16 program and check the access to the endgame databases as described above.

Overview of the included six piece endgames (PDF)

Minimum system requirements

Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, Windows 8.1, Fritz 15 or ChessBase 14 or Komodo Chess 11/12  or Houdini 6. Recommended: PC Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen3, 8 GB RAM, Windows 10, Fritz 16 or ChessBase 14 or Komodo Chess 11/12 or Houdini 6.

The importance of tablebases

GM Karsten Mueller introduces endgame analysis with a little history lesson:

GM Karsten Mueller is ChessBase's endgame expert

Endgame Turbo 5 USB flash drive

Perfect endgame analysis and a huge increase in engine performance: Get it with the new Endgame Turbo 5! This brings the full 6-piece Syzygy endgame tablebases on a pendrive. Just plug it in a USB socket and you are set!


Dr Steffen Giehring, born in 1968, has been a ChessBase employee for over 25 years. Since autumn 2018 he has been editor-in-chief of ChessBase Magazine together with Oliver Reeh.


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narciso narciso 11/12/2019 11:44
Hey, chess friends!
Yet another great tool from Chessbase! I thought you might find it interesting to try out my online Endgame Training Module (https://chesswise.defiantchris.com/index.php/chess-endgames/basic-mates) with randomly generated endgames that I created using the Chessbase Fritz plugin kindly offered by the company for free. I just added the KQ vs. KR module which is one of the most challenging endgames. All of the positions (3,837,824) have been carefully selected (out of 8,863,768 winning positions in total!) eliminating ridiculously easy ones, as well as drawn or losing positions, of course. They have been all double checked against Syzygy tablebases, however, I personally recommend using the Lomonosov tablebases. Each position is provided with the FEN notation as well as DTM (distance to mate) info as expressed in full moves. As stated underneath the diagram I recommend you change the level to Grandmaster before you start seriously playing the position against the Chessbase Fritz engine.

There are also more basic endgames to train there (recently added and/or updated). Feel free to go visit the site yourselves. Please tell me what other types of endgames you would like to have available there for training. Thank you in advance!

I hope you'll have fun and improve your endgame skills this way!