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Subject: Re: Ruffian 0.76 is still playing incredible strong!

Author: Sune Fischer

Date: 08:47:01 09/19/02

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On September 19, 2002 at 11:24:49, Robert Hyatt wrote:
>The only thing that concerns me is that anytime a brand new and unheard-of
>engine pops up, it is cause for concern _and_ suspicion.  It might be perfectly
>legitimate, who knows.  But remember "voyager", "le petite", "bionic impact",
>"gunda" and others?
>Jumping way up to near the front of the pack is not easy.  Doing it without
>ever having been to a public event is even more unlikely.
>It would be interesting to examine the executable if anyone has a copy, to
>avoid the suspicions before they start to grow...

That suspicion is natural, but if this engine really is that strong, then he
must have improved a lot on Crafty or whatever code he used.
There has been many Crafty clones, but no one actually stronger than Crafty
AFAIK, so Ruffian is really not your average clone in that case.

But apart from that, have you ever really gone over all the open source programs
out there, and what about the CCC archives? There is plenty of information
available to build a mighty strong engine. I don't think it could be done in 6
months, but who knows how much time he spent on it, hopefully it was a good
decade ;)


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