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

Author: Robert Hyatt

Date: 11:20:12 09/19/02

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On September 19, 2002 at 11:47:01, Sune Fischer wrote:

>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.
>

It depends.  IE on any given day, crafty can beat anybody, or be beaten by
anybody.  Look at the results for "Le Petite".  It looked very strong.  Yet
it was an absolute copy...



>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 ;)
>
>-S.

That's the point.  I can't imagine someone working on an engine, in a vacuum,
for a decade, before anyone finds out about it.  I can't imagine anyone writing
a program in 6 months that would come close to beating _any_ top program.

Anything is possible, I will agree.  But the probability is so low that it
will make people wonder...




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