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Subject: Suggestion: "ChessMaster Pro"

Author: Roy Eassa

Date: 08:24:11 11/06/01

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On November 05, 2001 at 16:38:21, Sally Weltrop wrote:

>Nothing wrong with the King engine. All he needs is a really good book (always
>been a problem area),implement learning & have it support EGTB. These factors
>alone will make it considerable stronger. We've only been telling him to do that
>for years now, one ear and out the other.

It is somewhat understandable that they don't implement these things in the
version of ChessMaster that is in stores and sells to the masses.  Imagine
multi-CD, gigabytes-hogging tablebases going out to millions of consumers!

Instead, how about a special "Chessmaster Pro" with the EXACT SAME ENGINE, but
with the following differences:

1. Endgame tablebases

2. Specially-prepared opening book, for strong play against top humans and
against other computers

3. Book/position learning

4. Includes a WinBoard version

5. Includes a ChessBase version (perhaps)

They could sell this package only via the web site, charge more for it, and aim
it at the same audience who buy Fritz, Junior, Tiger, Shredder, etc. -- i.e.,
the chess-computer people and the high-end serious chess players.  Since it
would be a separate product (but would not require improving the engine), it
wouldn't risk damaging the mass-market appeal and apparent commercial success of
the normal ChessMaster product.

John?  Anybody?

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