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Subject: Re: Books that help for evaluation

Author: Robert Hyatt

Date: 15:11:20 08/19/98

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On August 19, 1998 at 08:51:40, Don Dailey wrote:

>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

I agree about the "resolution" of scores...  I was really thinking that
this book pointed out lots of useful "things" that should/could be detected,
almost as if it had been written for a computer chess programmer.  I remember
when Bert dug that up out of the USM library...  it was a revelation to us
back then... :)


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