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Subject: WMCCC - players meeting info ...

Author: Chris Whittington

Date: 07:47:40 10/27/97

I was there on Saturday and Sunday, but has to elave at the start of the
first round. Here for your amusement is my summary of events ..

1. The three 767 alphas arrived. Two worked and one failed. Bruce gto
one and Dark Thought the other one. Cratfy is running on a 600, I think.
The 'spare' alpha 500's were distributed to various people, Shredder got
one of them.

2. Bruce gave me some benchmarks, plus we benchmarked CSTal on a P6 300.

If a P6 200 is rated at 1.0 then:
P6 300 is 1.47
Alpha 500 is 1.5
Alpha 600 is 1.75
Alpha 767 is 3.0 (Bruce was a little cautious with this figure,a nd may
well wish to modify it. But it seems the the 767's really fly.

3. I put forward a complaint at the players meeting that the 767 alphas
were not available machines, and that, in the past this had been a
criteria for entry. (DEC were putting out advertising material at the
WMCC which referred to the alphas as prototypes.

At this point it emerged that the 767's were actually overclocked 600's.
And it was argued by Marsland that they were available because they were
there !

Anyway, my complaint was overruled,I asked for it to go to the appeal
committee, but this was refused, as was my request for a players vote on
the issue.

4. Tom Kerrigan's operator didn't turn up; so it was put to the vote
whether Stobor should be allowed to play if a volunteer operator could
be found. This vote was passed by 20 out of 34; and a volunteer
voluntered. So Stobor is in, and another waiting program isn't.

5. Amir Ban proposed that the 233 to 200 problem be ameliorated by
allowing participants with 200 MD machines to add 20 minutes to their
clocks in the first two hours, and 10 minutes every hour thereafter.

This was allowed to go to a vote as well, and was passed by 19 for, 12
against. A recount had to be taken, since the CSTal team voted twice.
Thorsten (the loose cannon, and not even an icca member) voted in
favour, and I voted against :)

Before the players meeting, I approached van den Herik and proposed that
there were issuesof substance that we should discuss on the penultimate
day, Saturday.

These are:

1. election of programmer representative

2. proposal that we create a committe of programmers to decide on the
machine size/rating issue for next year.

3. the issue of WMCCC staying as it is, or being uniform platform, ot
being totally open; or cycling around the three.

That's it.

Chris Whittington

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