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Subject: Re: Don't pay DeKoening any more currency until he improves the King engine!

Author: Albert Silver

Date: 06:08:20 11/05/01

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On November 04, 2001 at 15:21:15, Gian-Carlo Pascutto wrote:

>On November 04, 2001 at 13:37:01, Drazen Marovic wrote:
>>Chessmaster is the best selling program in the world, is it too much to ask for
>>DeKoening to actually improve the engine at least a little in the next version?
>> I feel as if the company that is paying him is being cheated.  No slaps against
>>anyone i could be wrong, that's just my opinion.  I make the statement because i
>>would like that engine to actually be improved it has a very nice style of play.
>Uh, Johan already wasn't very happy, and I guess your post won't
>be very motivating either :(
>I talked with him about this during the game. It seems that he does
>try a lot of new things, but usually ends up throwing them out again
>because they prove to be worse than what he does now. I guess it may
>be very hard to keep the King's nice style and make it stronger.
>But he is working and the engine does improve.

Another question is in the settings used. Presumably the settings in the
Chessmaster series are the optimal ones as established by the author. Yet after
the hullabaloo on the new CM8000 engine being described as weaker, a number of
power-users began tinkering with the settings, and a few significantly improved
ones were found. At least that is what I understood from Merlino's posts on the
testing. If so, the outlook might no be quite so dire.


>Would you prefer a stronger engine (it's not like it's a pansy, it
>was leading after the first week!), or one that actually plays
>*interesting* games?

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