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

Author: Dave Gomboc

Date: 13:57:26 09/20/02

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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.
>
>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?

The programmer of Fritz doesn't participate here (partly) because there used to
be a lot of people hacking on Fritz without justification, to the extent of it
being harrassing behaviour.  While it's died down over the years, even today the
hacking still happens (though usually ChessBase is the target moreso than
Fritz).

To get back to the point, strong chess programs don't come out of a vacuum.  For
example, I doubt that people would be surprised if I released a program out of
the blue in six months time that was at the level of a strong amateur (well,
except I would be very surprised, since I'm not working on one! ;-).  But that's
because I'm involved in the computer chess community to some extent.  People do
sit down and decide "okay, I want to write a good chess program" out of the
blue, but usually those programs aren't good if their authors aren't aware of
all the work that's gone into the field.  The authors who are aware of it
inevitably discuss stuff with others in the community somewhere along the way.

Re: Ruffian, I have neither specific knowledge of it or opinion regarding it.

Dave



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