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Subject: Re: Books that help for evaluation

Author: Peter McKenzie

Date: 14:27:21 08/18/98

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On August 18, 1998 at 10:47:07, James Robertson wrote:

>Nimzowitsch's "My System" is a cool book that helped me admire and enjoy the
>neat aspects of Nimzowitsch's play. However, I think his style would be
>completely incompatible with a chess program. If a program played the way he
>did, it would commit positional suicide, becuase his ideas are too long-range
>for most (all?) progragrams to handle.

Some of "My System" is definitely useful for programming an evaluation function.
 For example, there isn't there quite a bit in there about Rooks on the 7th?
Most programs have this eval. term, its quite an important one.

I think "My System" also talks about blockading passed pawns, this is something
that my program doesn't have an eval. term for but I plan to add it.
I've seen quite a few games where it would have save a half point at least.


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