Rebel 9 FAQ

- 1. General -


1. General

2. Problems in Running Rebel

3. Using Rebel

4. Rebel Opening Books

5. Rebel Database

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1. General

1.1. Introduction

The basic material for this FAQ are the most asked questions (and answers) of the Rebel users to the Rebel team and the Rebel related discussions in the newsgroup.

To solve any questions/problems in using Rebel 9.0, follow the following lookup strategy:

  1. Read the manual (see the Rebel menue EXT)
    You can also drag a selected menu item with the mouse button to the question mark box (upper left corner of the screen), to get a context help for this menu item.
  2. Read the 50 examples (see the Rebel menue EXT)
    Especially the examples will give you a lot of hints how to use Rebel 9.
  3. Read the README file (see the Rebel menue EXT)
  4. Read this FAQ
  5. Look at the Rebel home page for further information
  6. Mail me or Schröder BV for further help

1.2. Schröder BV

Rebel 9.0 is a product of Schröder BV (headed by Ed Schröder)

    Schröder BV
    Software Development
    Postbus 6365 7401 JJ
    Deventer, The Netherlands
and available since October 14th, 1997.

1.3. Chess Engine Improvements

The main chess engine improvements are:

  • better move selection (selective search)
  • improved hash table algorithm
  • evaluation function improvements
  • better endgame knowledge
  • book learn function

1.4. System Requirements

  • CPU 80386 or higher
  • Internal memory at least 4 Mb
  • Free harddisk space of 5 Mb
  • Cdrom player

The following platforms are supported by Rebel 9:

  • MS-DOS 5.0 or higher
  • Windows V3.x
  • Windows 95

There is no official OS/2 support. Because Rebel 9 may or may not run under Windows NT for unknown reasons, there is also no Windows NT support.

The maximum of suported RAM (max. hashtable size) is 64 Mb.

1.5. Rebel Calling Parameters

REBEL A no double games check in autoplay (AUTO232) mode
REBEL V bypasses the VESA mode (in case of problems with VESA VGA cards)
REBEL W limit the hash table to 256 kb
REBEL W1 limit the hash table to 512 kb
REBEL W2 limit the hash table to 1 Mb
REBEL W3 limit the hash table to 2 Mb
REBEL W4 limit the hash table to 4 Mb
REBEL W5 limit the hash table to 13 Mb
REBEL W6 limit the hash table to 28 Mb
EPD filename analyse the position, contained in the EPD file
PGN filename direct load of the PGN file

The hash table limitations are added to avoid swap delays in a Windows Environment.

1.6. Rebel Subscription

All customers of Rebel 9 (new of update) with internet access can register for the Rebel 9 subscription area. All members have access to free updates of the Bonus CD material and more.
Read the Rebel 9 subscription description for further details.

1.7. Rebel Add-Ons

Schröder BV offers the following add-ons for Rebel 9.0:

Rebel 9 Bonus CD

Read the Bonus CD description at the Schröder BV web area for further details.
The bonus CD is for free for all users, who buy Rebel 9 or update their older Rebel 7/8 version until end of 1997.

Rebel Gold
Opening books, containing 12 million book moves, in Rebel format (.MVS).

Rebel Million Database
More than 1 million games in Rebel database format.

Have a look at the Schröder BV web area to find out more about this products.

1.8. Free PGN game material

You can find a lot of game material in PGN format at the University of Pittburgh Chess Club's FTP server under the PGN directory. In the subdirectory Events you can find tournaments, sorted by year and event, and in the subdirectory Players you can find games of famous players, sorted by name. You can get a complete index of all available data (PGN, CA, CBF, ...) by downloading the file

Rebel 9 FAQ Index
1. General 2. Problems in Running Rebel 3. Using Rebel
4. Rebel Opening Books 5. Rebel Database  

Last updated: Saturday, 28. March 1998

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