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

Author: pavel

Date: 01:40:39 09/21/02

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On September 21, 2002 at 04:29:24, Manfred Meiler wrote:

>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.

Thanks for the info.
I had no idea about this program before it's first release.
I don't also remember him posting in the forums that I know of, before he
released his program.

So obviously he didn't get a lot of feedback from a lot of people but yet got to
come with an engine that is so strong.


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