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

Author: Mogens Larsen

Date: 11:46:20 02/19/01

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On February 19, 2001 at 14:18:15, Leen Ammeraal wrote:

>Yes, I know. That is why I had written "with pondering on" in my
>question above.

Okay, I misunderstood what you meant with implementing.

>If other people use my program in a match
>against others, the chances are that they will play with
>pondering on, with a big disadvantage for my program because
>it cannot ponder.

I don't think that is the case in general. Most program testers know that you
can't force a program to ponder that hasn't got pondering implemented, but that
you can turn it off on those that has. This is one of the reasons I have for
disabling ponder in my own tests.

>So I am afraid, I cannot afford NOT implementing
>pondering, only so far I don't have a clue how to begin.
>Any help would be very welcome.

I'm afraid I can't help you with that particular question.


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