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

Author: Eran

Date: 11:13:21 02/19/01

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On February 19, 2001 at 12:54:00, Robert Hyatt wrote:

>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.

Is permanent brain feature turned on the best way to run an engine vs engine
games on Fritz6e? If yes, please explain how they benefit from it? I am
wondering why you said that ponder=on is the best way to run it.


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