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Subject: Re: ICGA publishing requirements

Author: Omid David Tabibi

Date: 06:07:16 11/21/02

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When you find a new idea, you have two options: publish it and contribute to the
scientific community, or keep it as a secret to improve your program over

On November 21, 2002 at 08:10:49, Georg v. Zimmermann wrote:

>What are the requirements to publish an artice in that journal ? It doesnt seem
>like you need a strong program to test your results with.
>I feel I could have contributed as much to the science community with some of my
>ideas presented in my own weak engine.
>But I can't because I am not a science student/researcher ?
>Can someone clarify if the system is as silly as it looks to me.
>Georg v. Zimmermann
>On November 20, 2002 at 11:43:10, Omid David Tabibi wrote:
>>            ICGA Journal, Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 153-161, September 2003
>>                          Verified Null-Move Pruning
>>                    Omid David Tabibi and Nathan S. Netanyahu
>>                                   Abstract
>>In this article we review standard null-move pruning and introduce our extended
>>version of it, which we call verified null-move pruning. In verified null-move
>>pruning, whenever the shallow null-move search indicates a fail-high, instead of
>>cutting off the search from the current node, the search is continued with
>>reduced depth.
>>Our experiments with verified null-move pruning show that on average, it
>>constructs a smaller search tree with greater tactical strength in comparison to
>>standard null-move pruning. Moreover, unlike standard null-move pruning, which
>>fails badly in zugzwang positions, verified null-move pruning manages to detect
>>most zugzwangs and in such cases conducts a re-search to obtain the correct
>>result. In addition, verified null-move pruning is very easy to implement, and
>>any standard null-move pruning program can use verified null-move pruning by
>>modifying only a few lines of code.
>>zipped pdf:
>>gzipped postscript:

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