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endgame

The final stages of a process, development, or activity. An allusion to the last stage in chess, when the majority of pieces have been removed from the board. The two companies began the endgame of their historic, multi-billion-dollar merger deal.

end game

The final stage of some process, as in The book discussed the diplomatic end game resulting in the treaty. This term, dating from about 1880, comes from chess, where it denotes the stage of a game when most of the pieces have been removed from the board. In the mid-1900s it began to be transferred to other activities.
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So much so that renowned American chess author Jeremy Silman, in his excellent Complete Endgame Course, explains that he left out this endgame, among others, because it occurs so rarely and feels the two or three hours it takes to learn would be better spent in other directions.
For example, they stored the outcomes for the 39 trillion possible positions for endgames in a mere 237 gigabytes of computer-storage space, an average of 154 positions per byte.
He started with the endgame, putting just two pieces on the board and calculating every possible outcome for each position they might assume.
Founded in 2008, Endgame is backed by Bessemer Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield Byers, and Columbia Capital.
He replaces Endgame founder Christopher Rouland, who will remain on the Endgame Board and will be a strategic advisor to the company.
Pepsi Americas is currently using Endgame Systems' mobile supply chain execution software in conjunction with Margin Minder.
Endgame Systems' suite of mobile-enabled products are designed to streamline the entire order-to-cash cycle for wholesalers that provide direct delivery of products to stores, offices and homes.