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Subject: Re: Is pondering unfair in engine matches on a PC?

Author: Robert Hyatt

Date: 09:54:00 02/19/01

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On February 19, 2001 at 11:32:43, Leen Ammeraal wrote:

>I am puzzled about pondering when
>playing matches with two chess engines
>on a single PC, using WinBoard (under Windows 98).
>While one side is 'thinking' about the next move,
>should it not get all the computer time
>available? Then, at the same time, how can
>the opponent get computer time to ponder?
>Does it steal it?

Both will get 1/2 of the total time.  ponder=on is the best way to run
an engine vs engine game on a single computer, in my opinion.  But you can't
do time-handicapping games (giving one side more time per move) as this doesn't
quite work out fairly with ponder=on.

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