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

Author: Manfred Meiler

Date: 01:29:24 09/21/02

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On September 21, 2002 at 03:59:53, Uri Blass wrote:

>On September 21, 2002 at 03:31:01, pavel wrote:
>>2) Question: How many of you guys knew about Gandalf and it's programmer, before
>>   it came out as a commercial engine? In what forums did he actively
>>   perticipate? How many tournaments did it play before coming out as a
>>   commercial software?

>I do not know how many tournament did it play but I know that it played in
>tournaments many years ago.
>I rememeber reading about it and based on my memory the first versions of
>gandalf used too much selective search so they were not good and only after the
>programmer dropped selective search the program improved significantly.

The first tournament with Gandalf I remember was the WMCC 1993 in Munich (9
rounds, winner was Hiarcs).
Gandalf scored on rank # 21 (of 28) and won in the first rounds surprisingly
against MChess and Quest but lost the most games in the following rounds (e.g.
against Bobby II, Kallisto, Now and SOS).
At this time Steen had worked already 6 years on his program.


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