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Subject: Re: WMCCC Hardware

Author: Bruce Moreland

Date: 13:51:15 10/18/97

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On October 18, 1997 at 13:12:37, Chris Whittington wrote:

>Or we could try an ICC based tournament.

Sounds like a fine idea.  Since you suggested it, maybe you could set it
up with ICC, and they could make it a regular announced event.

>Programmers have first option on entry of their program, otherwise
>anyone can volunteer as an operator.

This needs to be handled very carefully.  If possible I would like to
restrict it to programmer-entered entries.

I found some of my games from the MEICS tournament when I was digging
through PGN files I found at the Pitt FTP site.  If mine were there, I
expect that games from Genius and CM5K were there as well.

So these games become part of the permanent chess record, you become
responsible for the moves you made in these games.

The problem with non-programmer operators is that they have no
reptutation.  By the nature of the internet, they are often anonymous.
They don't know what is and isn't ethical when operating a program, or
they don't care.

I know that at least one of those MEICS games featured moves that were
made by the operator instead of the program.  The guy got into time
trouble so he just started playing himself in order to save time.  In
other cases they tweak the time controls, force moves, use weird books,
change styles, etc.

If this is going to happen, and I hope that this kind of thing wouldn't
happen, I would at least rather that it is the programmer, or their
representative, doing this, so there is some accountability.

bruce



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