Originally posted by CatOfGrey
Here's my take - anyone please reply if I'm correct or not...
1. Fine's book is OK- it's not a 'tablebase'. This is an issue because Endgame tables on computer aren't really Chess engines, but they are a set of instructions to solve a position. Looking it up in a book is OK, but the automation of the computer is considered unfair by this site.
2. ...[text shortened]... am starting up again on this site, this appears to be something that is NOT allowed here.
You can tinker with your engine for ideas BEFORE you start a game, and after a game is finished.
You start to get in trouble when your games constantly match out as engine play.
You sitting down to get ideas before the game isn't going to make all your moves look like engine play. All your moves will look like engine play only if you are using an engine.
You can study an opening and speculate a few moves before a game if you suspect someone constantly follows some line you want to tinker with, but as soon as they make a move outside of the lines you evaluated the study you did is out the door.
Any time you take an existing position in a game and plug it into an engine, you have cheated.