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Subject: Re: Books that help for evaluation

Author: Robert Hyatt

Date: 17:18:30 08/18/98

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On August 18, 1998 at 17:27:21, Peter McKenzie wrote:

>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.

A book I was using back in the early 70's was "Point Count Chess" and had
some cute ideas that actually made a lot of sense in the context of a computer
chess program...

Most likely hard to find now, but it had ideas galore...

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