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Subject: Re: Books that help for evaluation

Author: Don Dailey

Date: 05:51:40 08/19/98

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On August 18, 1998 at 20:18:30, Robert Hyatt wrote:

>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...

I have that book!  I would certainly not plug in the values they
propose (1/3 of a pawn for everthing) but you can get a whole lot
of good ideas from this book.

- Don

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