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Subject: Re: WMCCC - may the best man at getting the fastest hardware win :(

Author: Bruce Moreland

Date: 15:51:58 10/21/97

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I'm not writing this in exactly the right place, but I can't continue
looking around for the right place, since it took me a half hour to get
this one post up, so I can respond to it.  Unfortunately, it was the
wrong post, so I had to snip everything.

The contention has been made that Bob and I are destroying this event by
bringing powerful hardware.  More exactly, we are driving away
commercial programmers who either can't afford or can't arrange hot
machines.

The specific example is Hiarcs, but MChess is also mentioned.

The supplied hardware at the '95 Paderborn WMCCC was a 120 mhz P5, and
Hiarcs and MChess brought 133 mhz P5's.  This is not that big a deal,
but the 133 mhz P5 was the best you could get at that time, and the
supplied 120 mhz machine didn't have a lot of extras on it.

At the previous WMCCC, Munich  '93, Hiarcs brought a Sparc of some sort
and MChess was on a 60mhz P5.  I have no idea how fast that Sparc was
(it is describe only as "very fast" in the ICCAJ), but he won the event.
 I expect that both of these machines were a lot better than the
supplied machines, which were 486/66's.

On the inside back cover of the Jun '97 issue of "Chess Monthly" is a
picture of Hiarcs' box, I presume.  On the box cover it says "World
Champion Program".  If it also says "Sparc", I don't see it.

In both events, several others brought nice machines, usually
professionals, but also the occasional amateur (XXXX in '95).

There have also been Alphas in both of those events, a 150 mhz alpha in
the '93 event (The King, finished second), and a 275 mhz Alpha in the
'95 event (Dark Thought, finished 7th on Bukholz points).

I didn't go back any further than this, but I'm sure the articles are
full of interesting things.

bruce



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