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Subject: Re: a question to Tord about detecting threats in null move

Author: Gian-Carlo Pascutto

Date: 15:14:47 10/04/03

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On October 04, 2003 at 17:40:11, Sune Fischer wrote:

>Now if you have a really good book that may be an advantage, but if you are
>using the standard pgn compile maybe it is better to get the engine to think on
>its own as fast as possible. Otherwise you run the risk that it finds itself in
>a lost position 20 moves later comming out of book.

Yes and no. Thinking on yourself may not prevent that at all either, and
may increase chances of things going wrong because you get less and less
time.

Source: tournament experience from before Jeroen made by books

From the same experience I'd vastly prefer a narrow book with reasonable
lines over the alternatives.

>Also consider that time is a factor, as long as your opponent is playing from
>book he is saving time.
>
>Playing 1.h3 (I think I'd prefer 1.a3) solves many of those problems and a
>relative small price.
>Of course objectively 1.h3 is not the strongest move, but that's not the
>(whole) point.

If you want to go into a worse position from move 1, please go ahead :)

--
GCP



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