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

Author: pavel

Date: 05:33:37 09/20/02

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On September 20, 2002 at 07:51:16, Mogens Larsen wrote:

>On September 20, 2002 at 07:34:02, pavel wrote:
>
>>The point is that it is possible to not post in winboard forum and other forum
>>but come up with a strong engine.
>
>Correct.
>
>>I don't see programmer of Fritz brag about his program and perticipate in any
>>forum.
>>Why is it not possible for someone else?
>>Does his silence means that there is something fishy about his program?
>
>No, it doesn't by default. There are plenty of examples to invalidate that
>theory. The interesting bit is the actual development time. You can make an
>argument about how long it'll take to develop an engine of a certain strength.
>But even that becomes subjective rather quickly (ie. pure guesswork) as you
>can't exclude the likelihood of immense talent, nor avoid the fact that sources
>are available in abundance nowadays, be it papers or source code. The discussion
>is, or becomes, rather tedious without an actual executable to confirm or
>support various allogations. That isn't foolproof either.
>
>Regards,
>Mogens


I agree.
The only way to know if it is a clone (which I highly doubt) or not, is by
having access to the executable.
Without that, we can make guesses, and try to prove each other with past similar
scenarios, but we cannot come into conclutions.

Here are possible reasons why I think it is not a clone:

http://www.talkchess.com/forums/1/message.html?252851

cheers,
pavs



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