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Subject: Re: Botvinnik the chess programmer...

Author: Don Dailey

Date: 20:15:39 05/14/98

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On May 14, 1998 at 18:17:16, Thorsten Czub wrote:

>On May 14, 1998 at 17:47:08, Peter Fendrich wrote:
>>Some people claims that there is no program at all! I think it is...
>I never understood why it was so important to say: botwinnik lies and
>has o program - just before he died.
>Suddenly after he died many of the people who attacked him suddenly
>claimed how BIG and great he was.
>Was it really important to call him a betrayer ?

I think the point in his case is that he made some big claims but
never ever backed them up.  A few people called his bluff.  He wrote
a book on computer chess and everybody  I know who read it (including
myself) says its nothing more than a lot of pretty words with very
little content and no specifics.  (Like a lot of stuff we see on
this newsgroup :-)

He gives an example of a wonderfully deep combination his program
could solve using his special methods and extremely selective search.
But there seems to be some very strong arguments that he probably made
up the analysis.

- Don

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